This Cuban Rice and Beans Recipe is easy and 200% delectable! It’s an awesome side dish for any night of the week.
Now that we’ve been living a cross-country distance from both our family sides, Hubby and I truly appreciate the annual reunions we have with them. We just spent a week with my mom and my brother’s family here visiting and it always is a life-size throwback into childhood.
My mom pretty much always recalls how my little brother used every ounce of his 5-year-old strength to keep up with me on roller skates at the park. That memory must be significant to her because she never fails to bring it up.
Kind of like how I’ll probably forever have a mental image of my own Littlest frantically peddling his short legs on his tiny bike to keep up with his older brothers on their much bigger bikes.
We’ve all come such a long way and are each so incredibly different. Yet we share roots that go deep and that thread us together no matter how far apart we travel.
Food is one of those roots. My parents were the hyper-busy type and we had a lot going on in our household. But we always sat down for dinner. And we almost always had rice.
My brother had a white rice habit. My dad liked sticky rice. My mom enjoyed Mexican rice when we went out to dinner. And I went off into brown rice territory. Even coconut rice. Not to mention all of us easily downed fried rice like nobody’s business.
These days, my own kitchen doesn’t sport a rice cooker and my kiddos don’t see rice on their dinner plates every night. But they still get their share of yummy rice dishes. Like this Cuban Rice and Beans.
It’s like rice nirvana, Guys.
This Cuban Rice and Beans Recipe is easy, quick, and busting at the seams with flavor. This ‘aint no store box variety. In fact, it’s not like any other rice dish at all.
This rice is both fluffy and tender and sooo delicious it might as well be the main dish.
You could easily add a protein like shrimp or chicken to make it into a hearty main dish. But I love serving this mouthwatering Cuban Rice and Beans next to this Cuban Braised Pork with Mojo. It’s the bomb dinner. Definitely good enough to serve even your pickiest dinner guests.
Can I just say that the biggest bonus of all is that this rice can be prepared completely the night before? It’s true.
How awesome is food that can be made fully the night before, without sacrificing taste and texture the next day. Simply reheat in the microwave with a little sprinkle of water and you’re ready to serve.Print
This Cuban Rice and Beans Recipe is chock full of delicious flavors! It’s tender, savory, and goes well with any meal. This dish can be prepared in its entirety the night before. Simply reheat in the microwaves with a sprinkle of water and serve!
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 tsp table salt
- 6 slices bacon, chopped
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped (3/4 cup)
- 2 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon powder
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
- 2 (15.5 oz each) cans black beans, with liquid
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 TB red wine vinegar
- Optional garnish: chopped cilantro or sliced green onions
- Place garlic clove on a cutting board and sprinkle with table salt. Let sit for 3 minutes and mince into a paste with knife. Set aside.
- Place bacon and olive oil in a large heavy pot. Constantly stir over medium high heat until bacon renders fat and turns golden brown, about 6 min. Add onion, green pepper, and garlic paste into the bacon and stir until vegetables are translucent, about 5 min. Add the chicken bouillon powder, the bay leaf, cumin, oregano, and rice. Stir for 1 minute until well mixed and all the rice is coated in oil.
- Add the beans with their liquid, the water, and vinegar. Mix to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer, and simmer covered for 45 minutes. Do not peek. Keeping pot covered, let it rest off heat another 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and serve. Garnish with chopped cilantro or green onions if desired.
If preparing the rice in its entirety the night before, just sprinkle about 1/4 cup water over rice, cover, and microwaves to reheat.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from “Latin Grilling” by Lourdes Castro
Here are a handful of our favorite, fail-proof rice dishes:
1. Best Easy Mexican Rice. We don’t call it the best for nothin’…it’s both easy and awesome.
2. Coconut Rice. Here’s your chance to try out some Asian coconut milk. Exotic, simple, and flavorful.
3. Chinese Sticky Rice. Hubby, the boys, and my brother all love this dish. Thankfully, it’s easy to make.
4. Chinese Fried Rice. We grew up on this stuff. It’s easy, makes a generous batch, and will quickly be devoured. WAYYYY better than takeout, for reals.