nutritional information

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 330
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 610 mg
  • Fiber: 13 g
  • Sugar: 12 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Cuban-Style Black Beans with Rice and Plantains

Cuban-Style Black Beans with Rice and Plantains

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

Inspired by the Cuban national dish moros y cristianos (Moors and Christians), this robust meal is complete on its own. Depending on your mood, serve strong, hot Cuban-style coffee or chilled beer. 
  • 1 cup uncooked instant brown rice
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 firm, ripe plantains, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube, dissolved in 1 cup water
  • 2 15.25-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ large red onion, chopped for garnish
  • ½ cup snipped cilantro leaves for garnish
  • 1 bunch thinly sliced scallions for garnish

1. Cook rice according to package directions, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbs. oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat, and cook cubed plantains 4 to 5 minutes, until just golden. Remove from heat.

3. Heat remaining 1 Tbs. oil over medium heat, and sauté yellow onion and green pepper 7 to 10 minutes, or until onion turns golden. Add vegetable bouillon, beans, cumin, salt, and pepper, and cook 5 minutes more, or until beans are heated through.

4. Spoon rice into large serving bowl or individual soup bowls, top with plantains and vegetables, and garnish with red onion, cilantro, and scallions.

May 2005 p.46

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comments

the sodium level can be modified Jeff... its up to YOUR taste standards... recipe was good and quite a tasty treat came out of this recipe with a few modifications

alan - 2014-11-25 13:28:04

Gluten free vegan

Ashley Scott - 2014-05-20 03:00:59

Recipe BLack Beans

TReed - 2013-11-09 19:45:46

You lost me at instant brown rice.

Geoff - 2013-05-04 07:56:26

Hubby and I loved it!! Very satisfying yet not overly filling :) I substituted Israeli Couscous for the rice. I don't really understand why the picture shows the plantains cut like that though, the recipe calls for them to be cubed.

Christen Stewart - 2013-04-11 03:26:50

I really liked this, and I loved the low fat!

Jodi Patel - 2012-12-12 00:52:49

I love it! I used very ripe plantains. great dish!

Lawrence WongK - 2012-12-09 00:26:32

Even a low-sodium diet allows about 600 mg of sodium per meal. The sodium would be even less if you cook your own black beans in unsalted water.

lovefood - 2012-11-28 16:57:09

I made this dish for my family when my parents were coming over for dinner. My kids and I loved it, but my parents (non-vegetarians) did not care for it much. I think it might be an acquired taste, but it was certainly tasty!

adrienne.simmons - 2012-06-03 14:18:21

I just made this dish for my family and we loved it! The savory beans and onion combined with the sweet plantains was delightful. My children loved it. I think that this is a recipe that we will make again.

adrienne.simmons - 2012-05-14 22:17:45

http://dilipdinner.blogspot.com/2012/05/cuban-moros-y-cristianos-black-bean.html Yum! Thanks for the inspiration - this was a very nice dish.

Dilip Barman - 2012-05-06 08:29:13

I'm always looking for new beans & rice recipes and this is now near the top of our go to list. It was fantastic with the plantains. Very filling and even better topped with a little hot sauce.

Cora - 2011-04-09 18:05:07

Ya think that the Sodium level is a bit high for this healthy recipe?????

Jeff - 2012-02-10 12:42:57