Seasons & Occasions
Moros y Cristianos - Black Beans and Rice
A Scrumptious Cuban Side DishIntroduce your family to the tantalizing flavors of Cuba with Moros y Cristianos (also called Arroz Moro), a very popular dish of black beans and rice. The name recalls Spanish history: Tender GOYA® Black Beans symbolize Muslim Moors, and fluffy CANILLA® Extra Long Grain Rice stands in for Christian Spain. Simmered together, Moros y Cristianos soak up vibrant flavor from an array of herbs and vegetables. Serve this authentic dish with your family’s favorite roasted or grilled meats, or all by itself – it’s too scrumptious to pass up!
Prep time: 5 min.
Total time: 45 min.
3 tsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small onion, finely chopped (about ¾ cup)
½ cup green bell pepper, finely chopped (about ½ cup)
2 tsp. GOYA® Minced Garlic or 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. GOYA® Adobo with Pepper
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. GOYA® Oregano Leaf
1 can (15.5 oz.) GOYA® Black Beans
1 GOYA® Bay Leaf
1 cup CANILLA Extra Long Grain Rice
1 tsp. GOYA® White Distilled Vinegar
|1.||Heat 2 tsp. oil in medium pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and peppers; cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, adobo, sugar and oregano, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.|
|2.||Transfer liquid from can black beans to measuring cup; add enough water to measure 2 cups. Add liquid and bay leaf to pot; bring liquid to boil. Stir in black beans and rice. Bring rice mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, until rice absorbs water, about 25 minutes. Add vinegar; stir to combine.|
|3.||Remove rice from heat; let sit until rice is tender, about 5 minutes more.|
|4.||Evenly divide rice among serving bowls; drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil.|
Soft, moist leftover rice, guaranteed!
If you’re tempted to toss leftover rice for fear the grains will dry out when reheated, try this trick to guarantee better-than-ever leftovers:
|1.||Transfer rice to container with tight-fitting lid. (Rice can be stored in container for up to 3 days).|
|2.||To reheat, spoon rice into microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle rice with 2 tbsp. water per cup. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap; using tip of knife, poke small hole in plastic. Microwave on high, until hot (one minute for every cup).|
This steamy environment coaxes moisture into the grains and helps to revive the soft, tender texture of the rice.