cuban black beans and brown rice

Cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then stir in the black beans and 1/4 cup water. Omg, this is so freaky, I have been searching all over the internet for a recipe for congri that was healthy and here it is. Of course you can use you favorite brand. Add onions, peppers and garlic and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes. I made it with brown rice and it took a while to cook, but boy was it good. This is wonderful news!! I was craving for Cuban rice and beans, and this recipe satisfied my palate. I made this tonight, thinking it would be just for my family… Then the in-laws showed up. I had given up on rice and beans since I could never get the consistency right, but this was spot on and it looked just like the photo! I have used a rice cooker but one made out of clay and has settings for white and brown rice and stew. I try to throw in a vegetarian night once or twice a week, and this is such an easy, delicious one pot meal. Highly recommend not draining the black beans as the color and flavor the juice added was awesome. My husband is Cuban and never heard of the word Congi. Traditionally, Cuban Black Beans are made from dried black beans and cooked on low heat for long periods of time. Step 4 Stir in the cumin and cook for 1 minute. I do not understand the comments about it not Congri because I am also Cuban and my parents and grandparents always called it this. You cans enjoy this as a vegetarian main dish with a salad, or great as a side dish with steak, chicken or pork. I would like to make this using brown rice but I am not sure how to adjust the recipe since brown rice does take longer to cook. Win win!! Add rice, beans with liquid, water, … Next time I will increase the liquid at the very beginning (maybe use broth) and increase the cumin and oregano. I’ve chosen to make the classic Cuban black beans and rice dish with a historic name “Moros Y … We love our rice and beans, but this was nothing at all like what we've eaten before . I'm not sure where you can find them here. Not sure, but as lOng as it tasted good I wouldn't worry too much . Black beans and rice are a classic Latin-style side dish: but there are so many different ways to make them! OMG…filling and so, so, so good. I calculated it in a nutrition calculator with everything as-is in the recipe (including 3/4 tsp salt) and got these macros (assuming 5 servings): 51 g carbs, 2.5 g fat, 10 g protein, 0 g cholesterol, 6 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 105 mg sodium, 509 mg potassium. I made this tonight with brown rice and a 19 oz can of black beans. I served it with Trader Joes salsa on top. Yeah! You also let your water boil before adding the rice and turn the heat down. Made this tonight and it was delicious! Made this yesterday with your Cubano Style Stuffed Tenderloin. I'd add to this a little. . So many different uses! So happy to have found you, sincerest thanks for all you do including your accessible, welcoming spirit of communication and collaboration! I finally got around to making this one with brown rice. I swapped the white rice for brown rice and it turned out great. Next time I will follow the recipe as directed and try it with the Pernil. More!" Both extremely yummy! I've never frozen rice so I am not sure. I doubled the beans. Totally not a congri after that. I've tried making this before (different recipe) and it was a disaster. Thanks! I am making this along with your cuban garlicky pork for dinner tonight. I think that helped it along a lot! Delish!!! Tastes great and easy to make!! Delish! Made this last night. Couple changes I made to the rice…used a seeded jalapeno instead of bell peppers and substituted smoky paprika and ground chipotle pepper for the cumin. Cook rice over medium-low heat, stirring gently, until fragrant and toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Cubans don’t use many hot spices. I am not a vegetarian, so I might substitute chicken broth next time. Am I missing something? Trying to eat more beans thanks to high cholesterol. I use basmati rice. (they don't have to be completely smashed but just enough to pop them … I made with Cajun shrimp and tilapia and loved it. I bet it was great with brown rice, I'll have to try that next time! Made this tonight and paired it with the peruvian chicken (I shredded mine and tossed on top) and aji verde sauce. Just sayin…. Gina, I really love your site. Best of all–simple, healthy, ingredients. I am a very inexperienced cook and was wondering if you could give me an estimate of how much salt to use in this recipe (I am kind of a disaster at estimating!). I am Puerto Rican and I had this as a kid and love love love this dish excited to make it for my husband which is white and asked if I could add chili powder. Was delicious. I use it all the time to find my recipes . Next time I will be more aggressive with the seasoning and probably try vegetable stock instead of water. Yum! By the way, I love a sunny side egg over rice, it's totally a Latin thing! Where could I get one?Jeneen. This rendition is very close to the original that we enjoy in Cuba and my husband and I love it. Going to try this tonight that way. Girl, you are a HIT! My party of 23, pretty much no one liked this. Right before I put the lid on mine, Nadja, I added just a little bit more water…maybe 1/4 of a cup or so. Leftovers can be tossed in soup. I found this was missing a pop of flavor so I added some lime juice and then for a kick of spice I drizzled some sriracha sauce! Will try for 12 to 15 min next time!thanks! Made yours and oh my – I'm sharing it with the world! I opened my refrigerator this morning to find nothing much but a huge red pepper. EEK!! This was fantastic! I have to tell you, it came out perfectly – I also used 1.5cups of chicken broth instead of water. I was set on making a rice and black bean dish to match a common meal discussed when in Cuba. Can this be made with brown rice if it steams for the required 45 minutes that brown rice needs? Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or until beans are tender. Instead of 1 cup I used 2 cups brown rice with 8 cups water. one of my favorite and it's gluten free!!!!!! I followed everything else in your recipe exactly and it’s the first time I e made rice and beans that aren’t too salty! That’s awesome Maggie! I saw it too: How would this work if everything was put into a rice cooker instead of using the pot? I can't wait to try more of your recipes…especially the Latin food. I love your recipes so far, and love that you made a skinny version of a family favorite! Once again, I have this on the stove. p.s. . Thank you, Clara! 1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped . And do you add water or broth? I liked this, but it could have used more flavor. I loved all of the peppers in it, too! Mmmm, addicting! 2 cups hot cooked brown rice or white rice 3 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro 1 small fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and chopped (see Tips) He can’t even handle black pepper. Brown rice is not common in Cuban cuisine. Add 4 cups salted water, cover and bring to a boil. My boyfriend took one look and gobbled it all up. After 20 minutes, shut flame off and let it sit, covered another 5 minutes (don't open the lid). Congri is definitely made with black beans period. Top with chopped green onions, chopped hard boiled eggs or sour cream. We eat this dish in PR with "carne guisada" usually, at least in my home. I just made it and it was delicious. White rice is typically used in this dish, I’ve never had it with brown rice but I’m sure it would be delicious for those of you who prefer brown – you may have to adjust the liquid and cooking time. I've never thought about that or even heard of it before–maybe because I'm not latina? Your recipes and photos look wonderful. I found that the recommended 20 min cooking time was perfect. I added more garlic, 1 1/2 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp of oregeno. You need to add slightly more water for brown rice. Reduce heat to simmer covered for 2 hours, until beans are tender. Ive been making this recipe for a few years now, and my family and i love it. Thanks, Gina! This is a recipe for Moros. I made this with beer battered fish tacos for my family on Fathers Day. It will help my husband and I stay on track. Mara- white rice gets really fluffy when cooks, it expands, changing the recipe can always result in changes to texture, servings, etc. I ate this with an avocado papaya salad (recipe coming) and I was thoroughly satisfied, I didn’t miss the meat! I love this site! I substituted a jalapeño for the green pepper and added half of a limes juice. I plan on only using 1/2 as much rice (and 1/2 the amount of water too) & then adding cauliflower rice (to stretch it), which when I plug into the app, would be 3 points for 1/5th. In Costa Rica, for example, the gallo pinto is eaten at breakfast and is made with beans and DAY OLD rice. This was good! Perhaps it’s regional? With the leftovers, I added chunky salsa, chopped spinach and then melted a little cheddar on top with a dab of sour cream. I'm single and often eat quick dinners of beans and rice (or breakfasts of beans, eggs, and toast). So tasty! I usually include a little white cooking wine to the water. 1 cup brown rice. We had to add garlic salt after finishing the dish to give it any flavor. I don't know if that makes it more unhealthy but it is definitely a way to use up extra arroz congri if you have it! Can't wait to make this again tonight!!! I love this website. I'm sure it's delicious on it's own but i wanted to make it a one pot meal so I added some ham and a small can of tomato sauce. Thanks! Ingredients. I didn't have black beans so I added kidney beans. I live at high altitude (9,000′) and the rice ended up too hard (I did not drain the beans and it still was not enough liquid). Okay, as a Cuban, you can make those changes, but it’s no longer Cuban. I am very excited to learn you actually have a cookbook (or is it, cookbooks plural?! I would imagine it would be ok. I would make this with chicken broth next time as mine turned out really bland. But it was very tasty, and a great side dish with your Peruvian Roast chicken – which was also delicious. Always good! ARROZ CONGRI is not rice and BLACK beans, but rice and RED orKIDNEY beans. I also added 1 tbs of cider vinegar. Thanks so much. Thanks again for your site! the best beans and rice i have ever had!!! Then again, we don’t ever make it with red beans. I can’t rave enough to my friends about them! For those of you saying this was bland, it is likely because you didn’t use Goya. Thank you for your amazing recipes! Natural release and then enjoy. My food philosophy is to eat seasonal, whole foods and maintain good portion control (everything in moderation!). Serving it with the Zuchinni Enchiladas…. In addition it’s cooked with peppers, onions, garlic, cumin and bay leaf. Add oil, bell pepper, garlic, and 1 cup onion. I tasted the dish before the water boiled and I found it bit bland as well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and … . You can of course use your own cooked beans from dried beans if you prefer not to used canned. For an easy side dish, try serving your Cuban black beans and rice with plantains! 1 tbsp. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and rice is tender. When you want your black beans … It came out great!! Bring to a boil. Thanks! Since I added the tomato sauce I only used 1 C. of water. Am I doing something wrong? It worked for us and came out great! I will be eating this for lunch accompanied with a nice side of vegetables. What a great site! Thanks!! Sorry another question about the nutrition. I’m Cuban and this is exactly what we call Congri, black beans cooked with white rice. – Kristy, Kristy, thank you!!! I did like the flavor, it was just not enough. I love black beans, and rice is a very common side dish in our house so this was just perfect! Cooking this now and NOT peeking, even though i really want to…. It adds a little unique flavor. My son could not stop eating this. I make it with parboiled rice and I pour in some Goya mojo marinade while the beans are cooking before the rice absorbs the liquid…it won't affect the calories and it's amazing! My hubby’s lost 35 pounds and I’ve lost 10 since I’ve found your website and books! Have tried several and never disappointed. For fluffier rice, after the rice comes to a boil, … S. Black, fellow lover of Cuban food and all other forms of interesting, healthful fare . Flavorful AND healthy! Love love love your blog and books, thanks for all you do! I served some caribbean jerk seasoned chicken thighs on the side. – Kristy Fox, Upstate NY. Calories: 356.5. Add onion mixture and all remaining ingredients, except the red wine vinegar, to the beans and bring to a boil. The Cuban surgeon at the hospital where I worked said it was "almost as good" as his mother's! Cut 1 green pepper into 1-inch squares. I love the pot you used. We like rice with everything so we are going to serve it with some steak. We paired it with the Broiled or Grilled Pollo Sabroso. I'm going to try it. this is not congri. Black beans at grocery stores, pro-tip, rinse the rice before placing in. It's an easy and simple dish but ended up being tastier than I expected! Season with salt and pepper plus the optional add ons, such as … it was delicious just like i posted earlier! I was so happy to find this recipe this morning. I'd actually get them starting to turn a little brown. Have no idea if it’s still there but had the best marinated chicken and black beans and rice as a side dish. The aroma that fills your kitchen while cooking this Cuban rice and black beans dish, arroz congri, will make you want to pump up the salsa music and grab a mojito! As always thanks for sharing. So in the morning someone would take the beans from the large pot and yesterdays left over rice and turn it into breakfast. If your husband has never heard of congri, he isn’t cuban. First I don't think I added enough salt while it cooked; so we had to add some to the rice on our plates. Smash and peel 4 of the garlic cloves. i snuck a taste and let me tell you it was delicious. Set Instant Pot to Sauté. Gina I love your site and recipes. I’m sure it’s delicious, but you won’t be able to call it Cuban or congri. I have one question about your web-site. Janeen, it's imported from Colombia, made of clay from local artisans. Like you said it is the perfect vegetarian meal! I made this arroz congri for supper last night with pernil, but this morning I fried up some eggs and my hubby and I had them on top of some of the leftover rice. place in a large bowl and cover with water, and drain water. The aroma that fills your kitchen while cooking this Cuban rice and black beans dish, arroz congri, will make you want to pump up the salsa music and grab a mojito! I love congri, and order it every time I go out for Cuban food. Could you tell me why this happened? … my daughter loved it! Thanks!! I also appreciate you making the recipes seasonal so they are affordable. I just think 20 min was a bit much, the rice was overcooked. You can saute them on the stove in a bit of olive oil for a … This is very filling thanks to the beans. I made this a few nights ago and loved it SO much, that when we ran out today, I decided to make it again for dinner. Already have the left overs packed for lunch. Almost all of the produce for the meal plan I chose was on sale! Drain water and cover with fresh water (6 cups). Cook until the liquid is slightly reduced and the beans are hot, about 2 to 3 minutes. Love your recipes . Congri- is Red Beans and Rice which was a dish brought to Cuba by African slaves from the Congo eg Congri . I forgot… I also used chicken stock instead of water…. You are amazing Gina. Thanks, Gina! I just got done eating this for dinner. Rosanne, I love Cuban food! olive oil. LOVE IT, LOVE YOU! but, I used brown rice, didn't have any white, had to add some extra water and got only 3.5 cups, increasing the points to 9!! I guess it's hard to see. Any suggestions? So if I add diced ham to it will that be a terrible idea? This is my favorite black beans & rice dish. 2tspolive oil. Besides the mushy taste it was fine. This is easy to make and perfect for meal prepping!! A lot of people were complaining about it being bland, but I beg to differ. I will use a smaller leaf next time. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minute (don't peek). ), too! I tried doing it on the stove top and failed miserably…as I always tend to do when I try cooking rice that way. Thanks for another great recipe! Side Dish Suggestions for Instant Pot Rice and Beans. (Even my husband who thinks he doesn't really like certain ingredients I'm using!) Thanks Gina! As someone who grew up on rice this came out mushy. Wow this was amazing. In Central America this dish is called gallo pinto. This recipe is edible but has no flavor outside of the beans and rice itself. You had make me soooooo happy with this recipe!!! I have made this twice, spend a lot of time in Cuba over the last 15 years and was lucky enough to visit and have dinner with good Cuban friends. I was curious though, how is this rice dish only 1 Freestyle point? Please don't EVER stop this blog, or my family may never eat again. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Cook for around 10 minutes (check the cooking instructions of your rice brand). That was the best along with la churreria. First you’ve got Cuban black beans, saucy and savory, served over rice. Fyi…I am a 1st generation Cuban immigrant, and we have always called this dish Congri. It was so yummy and it will be come a staple in my household. Hi Gina, thanks for all of your fabulous recipes! It was a touch too soupy – I think next time I'll use only 1.5c liquid when using 19oz of beans. I made this recipe yesterday. This is called MORO y CRISTIANOS…MOORS AND CHRISTIANS RICE. Will try this one very soon. It just does’t work otherwise. 22 %, Gatorbek's Cuban Pork, Black Beans, and Yellow Rice. Take care not to let it burn—have the water handy to add quickly if it begins to turn a deep shade of brown. I've never made this before and it turned out perfectly. Jalapeno and chipotle turn it in to a Mexican dish. It was a big hit with my Mexican husband! Place the beans in a large pot and cover with water by at least 3 inches (8 cm). As always, this and the papaya and avocado salad look delish. 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided. Thanks! I made the roasted potatoes with chicken sausage (I used lean sweet italian turkey sausage) a couple of days ago and it was awesome as well. Thanks Gina!! 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