Cuban Rice and Beans

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Cuban Rice and Beans
Cuban Rice and Beans
Jane Bruce

Cuban Rice and Beans

Rice and beans is a classic food combination, like spaghetti and meatballs, a bagel and cream cheese, or peanut butter and jelly. In this recipe, rice and beans come together with a medley of Cuban flavors for a tasty, satisfying dish.

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4
Servings
458
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note: This is great served along with chicken, shrimp, or any other protein of your choosing. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup long-grain rice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized red onion, diced
  • 1 cubanelle pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Two 15 1/2-ounce cans low-sodium black beans
  • 2 Tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup chopped cilantro, or to taste
  • 1 lime, for garnish

Directions

In a small pot, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Then, add the rice and stir. Return to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add almost all of the onion (save a portion for garnish) and peppers and cook until softened, stirring frequently, for about 7 minutes. Add the cumin and oregano, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.

Add the beans with their liquid and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat until the liquid reduces a bit, about 10 minutes. With a fork, mash some of the beans to thicken the consistency, to taste. 

Turn off the heat and add the red-wine vinegar and almost all of the cilantro (save a portion for garnish) and stir to combine.

To serve, plate the rice and ladle the beans on top. Garnish with remaining onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Cuban Shopping Tip

Basic Latin ingredients include rice, achiote oil, adobo seasoning, and beans which can all be found in the ethnic aisle of your local grocery store.

Cuban Cooking Tip

Latin food often packs a lot of heat, so try to moderate the amount of chiles and spices you use in your dish.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
12%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
Protein
18g
35%
Carbs
80g
27%
Vitamin A
12µg
1%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
17.4%
Vitamin C
44mg
73%
Vitamin E
3mg
13%
Vitamin K
20µg
24%
Calcium
125mg
12%
Fiber
18g
70%
Folate (food)
149µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
149µg
37%
Iron
6mg
31%
Magnesium
104mg
26%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
12%
Phosphorus
316mg
45%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
894mg
26%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
18.5%
Sodium
1102mg
46%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
25.8%
Zinc
2mg
13%

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