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Rice cooked in black beans

Serves 8 to 10. Servings


  • 4 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pound bacon (about 6 strips) chopped
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon green pepper, seeded and finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cup (15 1/2 ounce) cans black beans, not drained
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


Baking Directions:

This is 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.

Mash the garlic and render the bacon fatPut 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.

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.

Sauté the vegetables and riceAdd 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.

Add the beans, simmer and serveAdd 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.

COOKING NOTES:IngredientsCanned black beans: 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.

TechniqueCooking the rice: 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.

Advance preparationYou 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.