Cuban Rice and Beans

Cuban Rice and Beans
Staff Writer
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
246
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!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
27g
21%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
133µg
19%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
120mg
12%
Choline, total
19mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
52µg
13%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
59mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
169mg
24%
Selenium, Se
11µg
20%
Sodium, Na
155mg
10%
Water
129g
5%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

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.