Delicious Black Beans and Rice Recipe – A Must Try!

Hark! I bring to thee a recipe of great splendor – a dish that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Havana! Let me introduce you to the Arroz con Frijoles Negros, a classic Cuban dish made with silky black beans and fluffy white rice.

With its rich history and intense flavor, this dish is sure to satiate your hunger while tantalizing your senses. The combination of hearty black beans and savory rice creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

This recipe has been passed down through generations in my family, and I am delighted to share it with you. It is a complete one-pot meal requiring only a few simple ingredients, which will make your life easier without compromising on taste. Whether you’re looking for a new side dish or want to change up your usual dinner routine, this black bean and rice recipe is sure to impress.

So put on some salsa music, grab some friends or family, and get ready to enjoy an authentic and delicious Cuban meal with Arroz con Frijoles Negros!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Black Beans and Rice(arroz Con Frijoles Negros)
Black Beans and Rice(arroz Con Frijoles Negros)

O, hear me now! Thou shalt love this recipe! For I have concocted the most savory and delectable Black Beans and Rice recipe that will leave thee craving for more. Here’s why thou shalt love this recipe:

Firstly, this recipe is made using simple ingredients that are easy to find at any market. All thou needest are some black beans, white rice, green pepper, onion, garlic, olive oil, and a few more ingredients. Plus, it’s a one-pot meal that requires only a little effort to make.

Secondly, this recipe brings together the best of two worlds – the bold flavors of black beans and the fluffy texture of white rice. The beans are cooked until they become silky and savory while the rice is cooked until its grains stand tall. When these two ingredients come together in a single dish, they create an explosion of flavors in thy mouth!

Thirdly, this dish hails from Cuba and is widely known as Frijoles Negros or Moros Cristianos. It has been served as a side dish for generations and is still loved by many. With my special touch to the recipe, I have made it even more delicious without compromising on its authenticity.

Lastly, this Black Beans and Rice recipe is perfect for those who seek comfort in their comfort food. It’s warm, filling, and has a way of making one feel at home. Whether it’s for dinner or lunch or even breakfast (why not?), this dish is sure to become a staple in thy household.

In summary, my Black Beans and Rice recipe is simple yet delicious; authentic yet with a twist; comforting yet flavorful. Don’t waste any more time with mediocre dishes. Cast thy eyes upon this recipe and give into its temptation!

Ingredient List

“Simmering with flavor”

Here is a complete list of ingredients you need for this Black Beans and Rice(Arroz con Frijoles Negros) recipe. All the ingredients are easy to find at any grocery store.

Ingredients 1x:

  • 2 cups of cooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
  • 1 tbsp of cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp of oregano
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil

Ingredients 2x:

  • 2 cups of long-grain rice
  • 4 cups of water

Ingredients 3x:

  • 4 cans (15oz each) or about 6 cups cooked, drained black beans (frijoles negros)
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil, as needed

With these fresh and high-quality ingredients, you can make this wonderful recipe in no time.

The Recipe How-To

“A taste of Brazil”

Step 1 – Cook Rice

In a medium pot, add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice. Bring the water to boil on high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for around 18-20 minutes.

Step 2 – Sauté Vegetables

In a large deep skillet over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Throw in the chopped onion, minced garlic and diced green pepper. Season with ½ tsp of dried oregano and sauté for around 5 minutes.

Step 3 – Add Black Beans

Add 2 cans of black beans (or previously prepared fresh black beans) into the skillet with the vegetables mixture. Add ¼ cup of white wine, 1 tsp of cider vinegar and bring everything to a boil.

Step 4 – Mash Black Beans

Using a potato masher or back of your spoon, gently mash some of the black beans against the side of the skillet. This will give a thicker consistency to your dish. Cook for an additional 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Step 5 – Serve Hot

Serve hot over a bed of cooked white rice (arroz con frijoles negros) topped with some fresh cilantro or parsley leaves. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“Perfect pairing: black beans and rice”

Verily, a recipe is but a suggestion, and creativity oft doth bring forth wondrous results. Shouldst thou desire to customize this black beans and rice recipe according to thy tastes, I shall impart upon thee some substitutions and variations.

Forsooth, shouldst thou prefer not to use black beans, thou mayest substitute them with any other type of beans such as pinto beans, kidney beans or navy beans. Likewise, if thy palate dislikes green pepper, feel free to use red pepper or yellow pepper instead for a splash of color and sweetness.

If thou art a lover of spice, add a jalapeño pepper or cayenne pepper to the dish for an extra kick. Thou mayest also sprinkle some freshly chopped cilantro on top for an herbaceous aroma.

For those who prefer to avoid meat in their diet, simply omit the meat and substitute it with sliced mushrooms or tofu for protein.

Shouldst thou have a yeast allergy, the white wine can be replaced with additional water or broth. Similarly, cider vinegar may be substituted with lime juice or lemon juice for a tangy twist.

In conclusion, verily there are many ways to tweak and alter this recipe to fit thy individual tastes and preferences. So let thy culinary imagination soar and experiment away!

Serving and Pairing

“A hearty and wholesome meal”

When it comes to serving black beans and rice (or arroz con frijoles negros as it is known in Spanish), I love to keep it simple yet flavorful. This dish is such a filling and satisfying meal on its own, but it’s also incredibly versatile and can be paired with a variety of different foods to make a super satisfying meal.

One classic way to serve this dish is with sliced avocado on the side or on top of the rice. I like to sprinkle some freshly chopped cilantro on top for extra flavor and brightness. You can also add some diced tomatoes, chopped scallions, or jalapeños for a little kick.

Another delicious way to serve black beans and rice is to top it with a fried egg. The egg yolk adds richness and silkiness to the dish, making every bite even more satisfying. You can also serve this dish with grilled chicken, steak or shrimp for an added protein boost.

Since rice and beans are staple foods in many cultures, there are plenty of other pairing options too! This dish goes great alongside plantains, yucca fries, or cornbread. You can even serve it with a side salad or some pickled vegetables for a bit of acidity to balance out the savory flavors.

In terms of drinks, I find that a light and refreshing white wine or cider vinegar-based drink goes great with this savory and rich dish. You could also opt for some fruity iced tea, lemonade or experiment by adding fresh fruit juices or herbs like mint leaves or basil.

No matter how you choose to serve this dish, just make sure to have plenty of napkins handy because once you start eating you won’t want to stop!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Satisfy your cravings with arroz con frijoles negros”

“Thy feast be not complete without thou black beans and rice, but fear not, for I have a solution for thy time constraints. This recipe can be made ahead and stored for later consumption, as well as reheated without harming its flavor.

To make ahead, prepare the dish as instructed and allow it to cool at room temperature without covering the dish until it is completely cooled. Once cooled, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to three days. When thou art ready to serve, reheat it on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it is heated through. Thou may add water if it seems too dry.

To store leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to four days. When reheating leftovers, add a splash of water before reheating on the stove on medium heat or in the microwave. It may become drier after reheating, but thou can restore its former state by adding additional water.

Believe me when I say that this dish tastes even better the next day after being stored in the fridge overnight. As soon as you take your first mouthful of reheated black beans and rice, you’ll feel like you’re transported back to Havana’s old town streets.”

Tips for Perfect Results

“Beans, beans, they’re good for the heart and soul”

A dish as classic and beloved as black beans and rice has some specific techniques to make it perfectly mouth-watering. Here are some tips to ensure that your dish comes out silky and savory, just like the Cuban recipe; frijoles negros.

Firstly, thoroughly rinse the rice before cooking it. The trick is to eliminate excess starch so that you don’t end up with a sticky mess. Measure two cups of long-grain white rice and rinse it with cold water in a mesh strainer before adding it to boiling water with a tablespoon of olive oil until 85% cooked. Cover the rice pot with a lid and put it on low heat.

Another way to give your beans an absolutely unforgettable flavor is by simmering them low and slow, rather than boiling them frantically on high heat. Put all the ingredients for the beans together and let them cook in one pot, stirring occasionally, at low heat for about 2-3 hours until they soak up all the spices and become tender enough to melt in your mouth.

The next tip is to add garlic not too early but not too late into the mix. Garlic can bring such an intense aroma if not well incorporated. Onions and bell peppers should be softened first in olive oil or butter over medium heat before adding diced garlic. Adding garlic too soon can result in burnt pieces that will taint the other flavors of its surroundings.

Finally, although it may be tempting after waiting so long to devour your Black Beans and Rice, be patient! Resting your dish for at least five minutes allows the sauce to thicken well with delectable black bean flavour before serving it over fluffy white cooked rice. Follow these tips, and you’ll have one of the best black bean recipes you’ve ever tasted!


Now, let us address any questions or doubts you might have about this recipe. Here are some of the FAQs that we gathered from previous readers who tried and tested this black beans and rice recipe.

What is arroz y frijoles negros made of?

This traditional Cuban dish features a combination of tender black beans and soft, aromatic rice. When served together, they create a truly fulfilling and tasty meal that can be enjoyed as a side or main course any day of the week. Let’s dive into the steps of creating this flavorful recipe!

What is Frijoles Negros Refritos?

Although you can easily find canned refried black beans in the market, crafting your own batch of these delicious frijoles negros refritos really enhances their flavors.

What meat goes good with black beans and rice?

Cuban cuisine offers a tasty twist on black beans and rice by adding chicken or sausage to the mix. Both versions are flavorful and widely enjoyed.

Where did arroz con frijoles negros originate?

Arroz y frijoles negros, a popular dish containing rice and black beans, may have its roots in Africa, where both ingredients are indigenous, or in the Americas, where African slaves introduced these staples to the region.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this arroz con frijoles negros recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves the perfect harmony of rice and beans. It’s a classic Cuban dish, made silky and savory with black beans, and served on top of fluffy white rice. The ingredients are simple, but the flavors are bold and unforgettable.

With the recipe’s adaptability to substitutions and variations, you can easily make it vegan or gluten-free, or add more veggies to make it even healthier. Plus, with its easy one-pot preparation, it’s an ideal meal for a busy weeknight.

So go ahead and give this black beans and rice recipe a try. Whether you’re familiar with Cuban cuisine or not, I guarantee that this dish will become a regular in your recipe box. And who knows? You may even end up feeling like a chef who specializes in Brazilian and American cuisine.

Black Beans and Rice(arroz Con Frijoles Negros)

Black Beans and Rice(arroz Con Frijoles Negros) Recipe

I know what you're thinking, black beans and rice, kind of plain, right? But not this recipe--from Goya. My husband thought, "Ok, beans and rice, I already love those, what can be so different about this recipe?" He had to eat his words, along with the beans and rice, lol. With the addition of a few simple things, wow, these are delicious! And so simple, a really quick side dish.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 303.3 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 packet goya sazon goya, without annatto
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked white rice


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil on medium.
  • Stir in the onion and pepper, add the garlic.
  • Cook until tender or about 8-10 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve over the white rice.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 259gCalories: 303.3kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 9.7gFat: 7.4gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 3.4mgFiber: 7.7gSugar: 1.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beans, Beginner Cook, Black Beans, Easy, Mexican, Rice, Stove Top, White Rice
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.