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Cuban Black Beans and Rice

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Beans, Rice, Cuban


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Sophrito, Bacon, Rice and Black Beans come together here ... This is a sunday dinner (takes planning and a bunch of time to cook). worth it!


  • 1 Cup dried black beans
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 large green bell peppers
  • 1 large onion, halved at middle and peeled
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 pieces of bacon, cut into 3/4" squares
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 green onions (garnish)
  • 1 lime, wedges (garnish)


The night before

Dissolve 1.5 tbsp salt in 2 quarts cold water. Add beans and soak

Here we go

  1. Drain beans and rinse
  2. In large ditch oven, stire the beans, broth, water, one half of green bell pepper, 1 onion half, and 2 bay leaves. Cover and simmer on low for 40 minutes.
  3. Drain beans, saving 2.5 cups of the liquid for later. Discard the pepper, onion, and bay leaves. Save the dutch oven without rinsing it
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  5. Rinse rice for 2 minutes until water runs clear
  6. Chop remaining veggies
  7. In dutch oven, heat 1 tbsp oil and bacon, cook on medium-low for 8 minutes
  8. Add remaining oil and chopped bell pepper, onion, oregano, and cumin
  9. Increase heat to medium and cook until soft, 15 minutes
  10. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute longer
  11. Add beans, reserved 2.5 cups liquid, rice. Stir
  12. Cover and bake in oven for 30 minutes

Serve with green onions and lime wedges

Recipe is courtesy of: Bacon version of cooks illustrated




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Jesse Wolgamott


Jesse Wolgamott

Influences: Italian, Texas BBQ, and Mexican

Location: Richmond, TX

Favorite Piece of Cooking Equipment: Set of Knives (can't narrow to 1)

Favorite Recipes: Lasagna for comfort. Chilada for beers. Chocolate cupcakes for dessert. Baked Potato Soup.

What else? ehh.. not really.

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