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Moros y Cristianos - Moors & Christians - Black Beans & Rice Recipe

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By American Dry Bean Board

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Moros Y Cristianos - Moors & Christians - Black Beans & Rice Recipe

© 2011 Bonnie Zaiss, licensed to About.Com, Inc.
Black beans and rice is a popular Cuban dish said to bring good luck when eaten on New Year's Day. In fact, this recipe is eaten often as a side dish. In Spanish, the dish is called Moros y Cristianos or Christians & Moors, with the black beans representing the dark-skinned Moors and the white rice representing the lighter-skinned Christians. It is fast and easy to make in less than 30 minutes.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans or 1-1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged black beans rinsed, drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Saute onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, thyme, crushed red pepper, and bay leaf in olive oil until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in rice, tomatoes, black beans, water, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 4 main-dish servings (about 1-1/2 cups each) or 8 side-dish servings (about 3/4 cups each)

Per main dish serving: Calories 341; Fat 5g; Percent Calories from Fat 13; Potassium 536mg; Carbohydrate 65g; Folate 133mcg; Sodium 917mg; Calcium 118mg; Protein 10g; Dietary Fiber 10g; Cholesterol 0mg

Recipe from: American Dry Bean Board
Used with permission
Moros y Cristianos - Moors & Christians - Black Beans & Rice Recipe Photo © 2011 Bonnie Zaiss, licensed to About.Com, Inc.

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 5 out of 5
fantastic as is, Member triciadimon

this is the second time ive made this recipe and it is delicious! (vinegar was fine). It DOES take quite a bit more prep unless you're a ginsu master. I used rotel for a little extra kick and make a double batch now so i can have it for lunch the next day. OH, and its a beautiful dish too. This recipe is a definite keeper.

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