Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice is a tasty Cuban recipe, with chicken broth, white rice, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper and black beans. 

There’s nothing better than Mexican Rice as a Side Dish Recipe to go with Latin food, except maybe Black Beans and Rice. The beans give the rice a delicious, rich flavor and are a great source of protein.

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If you’re looking for a rice recipe with a quick cook time for a busy weeknight, then this is the recipe for you. Black Beans and Rice is a great side dish, and can be served up with burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and more. If this is your first time making dinner or you’re trying to teach the kids a fun way to cook rice, this is an easy recipe to start with.  

The combined flavors in this Black Beans and Rice dish make it a perfect side dish to bring to family dinners and pot lucks. The dish is packed with flavor on its own and is well worth the minimal effort!


  • Serve with: Try serving up your Black Beans and Rice topped with fresh cilantro, sour cream, or a sprinkle of lime juice. 
  • Meat: Black Beans and Rice with chicken, as well as Black Beans and Rice with sausage, are two delicious variations that are popular in Cuban cuisine. 
  • Veggies: You can try making spicy Black Beans and Rice by adding in or serving with cut serrano chiles or red peppers with a little dash of hot sauce. You can also mix in chopped green bell pepper, jalapeno slices, or fresh avocado. If you add the green pepper, make sure to add it fairly early on to keep it from being tough. 
  • Vegan: This recipe is already pretty close to being completely vegan, all you have to do is exchange the chicken broth for vegetable broth. Once you make the change, this recipe uses no animal products and is perfectly vegan friendly. 
  • Puerto Rican Black Beans and Rice: This version of Black Beans and Rice is based off of the Cuban variety, but you should also try Caribbean and Puerto Rican Black Beans and Rice. Puerto Rican Black Beans and Rice tends to use vinegar, Sazon Goya, and sofrito, as well as a few other ingredients. 


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Black Beans and Rice are a traditional Spanish dish that’s a favorite in Cuba. Cuban Black Beans and Rice, also called “Moros y Cristianos,” or “Moors and Christians.” According to Cuban tradition, Black Beans and Rice represent Spanish history, with the beans representing Muslim Moors and the rice representing Christians. The idea is that separate, both elements are tasty, but together they make a much more delicious dish.


  • Serve: Black Beans and Rice will keep at room temperature for about 2 hours.
  • Store: Keep the Black Beans and Rice in a sealable container, like tupperware or an airtight bag, and the Black Beans and Rice will stay good for up to a week. You should always allow the Black Beans and Rice to fully cool down to room temperature before you seal it up and put it away. 
  • Freeze: You can freeze Black Beans and Rice for up to 3 weeks as long as you keep it properly sealed. 

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Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice is a tasty Cuban recipe, with chicken broth, white rice, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper and black beans.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword Black Beans and Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 271 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans black beans , drained and rinsed


  1. Add the oil to a pot on medium-high heat.

  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes.

  3. Add the rice and cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Add the chicken broth and canned tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes.

  5. Add the cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, black beans and mix together.
Nutrition Facts
Black Beans and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 1150mg50%
Potassium 565mg16%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 43IU1%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Black Beans and Rice

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  1. Absolutely delicious! I added corn and we wrapped it in flour tortillas and topped with shredded cheese and slasha.

  2. The first time I made this recipe I followed it to a T. It was really good. The next time I made it I got “experimental”. Turned out I was OUT of cumin. How do you manage that?!? So I looked up cumin substitutes. I found 9! Of those I had 5….so I combined them into a seasoning mix. I added a can of corn and a pound of diced smoked sausage. Pretty darned good for a quick one pot meal. My point is this is an excellent recipe as is, but also very adaptable which makes it that much more marvelous! Thank you!

  3. Absolutely Devine! I added fresh lime juice on top. I have tried many of your recipes, they are exceptional. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Excellent dish! Tried it for a family dinner and everyone enjoyed it! Definitely will work it into our meal rotation as we try to find more dishes that can work with little or no meat since prices and availability are being impacted right now. We like spicy and this has a pleasant nip and great flavor. Only comment made was that it needed a bit more salt, but others thought the salt level was just fine, so that’s a personal preference. We doubled the recipe and added about 2lbs of chicken tenders to our dish. We used the same spices in this recipe to coat the tenders, then cooked them separately in olive oil, about 5 minutes per side. Then we chopped them up to mix throughout the dish. We served it as a main course with kale salad on the side. Looking forward to trying it with sausage too. A keeper for sure!

  5. This was a great recipe. My boyfriend normally avoids bean and rice dishes but this one had him going back for seconds! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

  6. My family really enjoyed this recipe packed with flavor and delicious! I will make this again soon! Thank you!