Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Looking for an easy Black Beans and Rice recipe? Learn how to make Black Beans and Rice using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by jenla

Makes 6 servings



Chef, nutritionist, and cooking teacher Lourdes Castro shared this recipe from her cookbook, Latin Grilling. It's part of a festive Cuban party menu she created for Epicurious. This dish gets its name from the wars between the dark-skinned Moors (moros) and the lightskinned Spaniards (cristianos) that occurred during the eighth century in Spain. It's a very popular Cuban dish, and it's perfect for outdoor entertaining, as it can be made well in advance and be served at room temperature.

Recipe Ingredients for Black Beans and Rice

10 grams garlic, peeled
38 grams cooked bacon
1 teaspoon olive oil
60 grams onion
20 grams hot pepper
1 tsp bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
100 grams Brown Rice Instant Natural Whole Grain
520 grams black beans
1 cups water
1 teaspoon Soup Stock Mix

Recipe Directions for Black Beans and Rice

  1. Mash the garlic and render the bacon fat

  2. Put the garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt over the cloves, let it sit for a few minutes, and mince it into a paste with a knife. Set aside.

  3. Place the bacon and olive oil in a large pot and set it over medium-high heat. Sauté the bacon until it renders its fat and turns a golden brown color, about 6 minutes. Move the bacon around as it's cooking to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

  4. Sauté the vegetables and rice

  5. Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic paste to the bacon and sauté until the vegetables are limp and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt, the bay leaf, cumin, oregano, and rice and stir for 1 minute until well mixed and all the rice is coated in oil.

  6. Add the beans, simmer, and serve

  7. Add the beans and their liquid, along with the water and vinegar, to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed by the rice. Allow the covered pot to sit off the heat for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

  8. Cooking notes

  9. Ingredients

  10. Canned black beans

  11. If you do not want to use the liquid from the canned black beans, just add an extra 1/2 cup of water with the drained and rinsed black beans.

  12. Technique

  13. Cooking the rice

  14. Rice requires a specific amount of liquid to cook properly. Because onions and green peppers can contribute a considerable amount of liquid to a recipe, a volume measure for each is given. While the measurements are approximate, making sure the chopped vegetables are close to these amounts will ensure that the rice cooks properly.

  15. Advance preparation

  16. You can prepare the recipe in its entirety the night before with very little effect on the taste and texture of the dish. However, you will want to warm the dish before serving. This can be done in the microwave or on the stovetop. Just sprinkle about 1/4 cup of water over the rice to make sure it does not dry out when reheated.

Categories

Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 165.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
4.4g
7%
Saturated Fat
1.1g
6%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
7mg
2%
Sodium
196mg
8%
Potassium
411mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates
37.3g
12%
Dietary Fiber
9.5g
38%
Sugars
0.5g
Protein
12.2g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 6% Iron 19%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A-
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in dietary fiber
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