On the weekend, when I made the Cuban roast pork, lechon asado , I served it with some Cuban style black beans and rice make it a complete meal. Many different cultures seem to have their own version of a beans and rice dish and moros y cristianos, black beans and rice, is the Cuban version. This dish is really easy to make and it generally consists of onions, peppers, garlic and oregano that is simmered with the black beans, infusing the dish with some amazing aromas. Everything is simmered low and slow to let the flavours develop and it is cooked until the beans get tender and start to break apart making for one tasty and creamy dish. Dried black beans are commonly used for this dish but this version is a quicker one that uses canned beans making it a little easier to make, which is especially nice when making a large meal. These Cuban style black beans are tasty and satisfying enough to make for a complete meal all by themselves or they can be served as a side dish as I did when I served them with the lechon asado. This bean and rice recipe is definitely one to keep on hand for when looking for a light, healthy and tasty dish!
Cuban Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos)
A tasty Cuban style black beans and rice that is good as a side dish or a meatless main.
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper or banana pepper or cubanelle, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or 3 cups cooked beans, from 1 cup dry)
- 1/2 cup water or ham broth or chicken broth or chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 cups cooked rice
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onion and pepper and cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
- Add the garlic, cumin and oregano and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the beans and water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, mix in the vinegar and cilantro, optionally mash 1/4 of the beans to make it creamy and served over steamed rice.
Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by cooking 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of broth in step 3 and simmer, cover, until the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes.
Tip: Add ham or bacon for an extra kick of flavour.