Cuban Black Beans and Rice

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This black bean and rice dish comes with an interesting title. Literally translated, Moros y Cristianos means Moors and Christians. It is presumed the dish gets its name from the time when the Moors occupied the Iberian Peninsula. The black beans represent the Moors and the white rice represents the Christians.

In Cuba, the name of this dish refers to the mix of African and Spanish cultures. Vegetarians can make an entrée of this soul-satisfying side.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 2-3 cups of white rice
  • 1/3 cup of sofrito casero (Blend onion, bell pepper, garlic and cilantro til puree)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano and a drizzle of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1/2 can tomato sauce

Directions:

In a pot, add olive oil and sautee garlic and sofrito for a minute. Add salt, pepper, cumin and oregano to sofrito and mix. Add beans and mix well. Add tomato sauce and mix.

After 5 minutes, add apple cider vinegar and stir. Add 2-3 cups of white rice and mix well. Cook until all is absorbed (about 10-15 minutes).

Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.