Cuban black beans and rice

I’m constantly on the lookout for easy, frugal, delicious and healthy recipes that my “meat-and-potatoes” man will actually eat.

I’m also trying to sneak more vegetarian meals into the mix (once or twice a week), and this Cuban Black Beans and Rice recipe was perfect on all fronts

  • it cost less than $3, since we already had everything but the beans and pepper on hand
  • it was as easy to prepare as sauteeing the onions and peppers and opening some cans
  • it was meat-free and spicy enough to keep things interesting!
  • The Greek loved it!

As usual, I tweaked the original recipe (found here).  I doubled the recipe, used canned rather than fresh tomatoes and added some bay leaves and an extra-long simmer to allow the flavors to make friends a little longer.

Ingredients (as made)

  • about 1 tablespoon olive oil (I just swirl a bit of olive oil on the bottom of a large saucepan – no measuring)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 teaspoon pre-minced)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans reduced-sodium black beans, do NOT drain (helps the mixture thicken)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar (slightly less than 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (adjust to your tastes – we had habanero hot sauce, which is quite spicy!)
  • cooked rice (about 4 -5 cups)

Don’t forget to remove the bay leaves prior to serving!  You can serve with lime wedges, if desired.

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