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Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

4 to 6 Servings

45 minutes

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This is a classic Cuban combination of black beans and rice that uses sautéed onion, green bell pepper and garlic as foundational flavors. The beans usually are cooked from dried, but with canned black beans, the dish is a breeze to prepare and can be thrown together at a moment’s notice. Some versions are made with pork—and indeed, smoky, salty bacon is a delicious addition. If you wish to include bacon, begin by cooking 4 ounces, chopped, in the saucepan over medium-high until crisp, 6 to 7 minutes; add the onion and bell pepper to the bacon and its rendered fat, omitting the oil, then proceed with the recipe.

4 to 6


45 minutes


  • 3

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, chopped


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Gerald M.
February 25, 2023
Omg this rules
Simple and delicious. Kid loves this too. Hall of fame recipe
Sally W.
April 8, 2023
No canned beans!
This was a great recipe, but there is never a need to use canned beans. I also added poblano. And hot sauce on the table!
Gerald M.
February 26, 2023
easy awesome
OMG we love this one, I got mom of the year sending this in the lunch thermos :)