Moros y Cristianos

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Moros y Cristianos
Moros y Cristianos
Jason Varney

Moros y Cristianos

Yes, Moros y Cristianos, the common Cuban name for this ubiquitous side dish, translates as "Moors and Christians." And yes, the black beans are taken for the dark-skinned Moors while the white rice grains are the lighter-complected Christians. And that's all I have to say about that. The dish itself, though, I could talk about all day; it is easy, absolutely delicious, and part-and-parcel of any proper Cuban barbecue. The base is a classic Cuban sofrito of onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, chiles, herbs, and spices. The resting step at the end helps make the rice moist yet fluffy.

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8
Servings
385
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeds and ribs removed, diced finely
  • 10 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 4 Teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted then ground
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 Cups long-grain white rice
  • Two 15-ounce cans black beans, preferably organic, drained and rinsed
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1/4 Cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell peppers, garlic, and chiles and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, cumin, thyme, and bay leaves and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Add the rice, beans, stock, vinegar, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Let rest uncovered for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
6g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Protein
14g
29%
Carbs
69g
23%
Vitamin A
46µg
5%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
20.1%
Vitamin C
44mg
73%
Vitamin E
2mg
9%
Vitamin K
13µg
17%
Calcium
86mg
9%
Fiber
10g
39%
Folate (food)
95µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
95µg
24%
Iron
4mg
24%
Magnesium
81mg
20%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
20%
Phosphorus
242mg
35%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
810mg
23%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
17.6%
Sodium
973mg
41%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
19.4%
Zinc
2mg
11%

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