I am not claiming this to be an authentic Cuban dish, rather my version of it. I hope that you enjoy. Garnish with chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, lime wedges, and sour cream.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

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  • Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat; saute onion, bell pepper, carrots, celery, and garlic in hot oil until tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Mix black beans with liquid, chorizo, chicken stock, picante sauce, bay leaves, paprika, red wine vinegar, cumin, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes together in the pot with the onion mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the pot, and simmer until the beans have softened, about 30 minutes.

  • Remove lid from pot and continue cooking until the mixture reaches your desired consistency, at least 20 minutes more. Remove bay leaves and adjust seasoning to your preferences. Serve over rice.

Cook's Note:

To kick up the rice, mix into the hot cooked rice a tablespoon of butter, 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, and a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Pour beans on top to serve.

Use any type of smoked sausage in place of chorizo at your pleasure.

Nutrition Facts

559 calories; protein 19.6g 39% DV; carbohydrates 84.5g 27% DV; fat 15.8g 24% DV; cholesterol 18.4mg 6% DV; sodium 1609mg 64% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2016
This was wonderful! The store was out of chorizo, so I bought spicy Italian sausage. I had never heard of smoked paprika, so now I have some on hand. I used regular white vinegar instead of red wine vinegar and tossed in some extra red bell peppers that I had on hand. This recipe is a keeper. Hubby wants more meat next time, and now that I know it turned out, I'll play with the veggies and the spices. This was very easy to make, the hard part was the wonderful smell while it was simmering! Hard to wait. EDITED: Edited to add that I've now made this a number of times. Done it with Chorizo and hambuger, , Chorizo and sausage, and hamburger and sausage. We've played the spice rack like a xylophone and had the veggies chunked, diced, added and subtracted. The basic recipe is awesome and playing with it does not hurt it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2016
This was wonderful! The store was out of chorizo, so I bought spicy Italian sausage. I had never heard of smoked paprika, so now I have some on hand. I used regular white vinegar instead of red wine vinegar and tossed in some extra red bell peppers that I had on hand. This recipe is a keeper. Hubby wants more meat next time, and now that I know it turned out, I'll play with the veggies and the spices. This was very easy to make, the hard part was the wonderful smell while it was simmering! Hard to wait. EDITED: Edited to add that I've now made this a number of times. Done it with Chorizo and hambuger, , Chorizo and sausage, and hamburger and sausage. We've played the spice rack like a xylophone and had the veggies chunked, diced, added and subtracted. The basic recipe is awesome and playing with it does not hurt it. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2014
Pacific Cuban Black Beans & Rice Haiku: "Better than 5 stars. Even my 6 year old loved. WILL make this again!" I halved the recipe for 3 of us, and only swapped chorizo for smoked sausage, and picante sauce for salsa; otherwise, everything else remained as the recipe submitter wrote, and We. Loved. This. Served over brown basmati (would've loved to have had the time to take Fancy Nancy's suggestion of adding cilantro and lime juice to the rice!) and there was not a single bite of leftover. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2015
I made a vegetarian version of this recipe including all ingredients except the meat, and to cut back on sodium, I used cayenne pepper instead of a jar of picante sauce. It was delicious! I made it for a large group of people, and many returned for seconds. Several said that it tasted like authentic Cuban black beans and rice, and it was among the best they had eaten! I surrounded the dish with several garnish options including fresh cilantro, jalapeños, salsa, limes, and scallions- along with an assortment of hot sauces- and people loved it. I saved the recipe and will definitely make it again. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2014
This was great. I accidentally bought plain uncooked chorizo so I had to sauté it first before adding it to the beans. Even without the smoked flavor that would have been added by the smoked chorizo this was still very good and tasty. I can't wait to make it again with the correct type of chorizo. I bet it's going to be amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2014
These beans can also be served as a side dish without the rice. Add more vinegar for extra tang. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2015
Totally different flavor than any other black beans I have ever eaten. For the beans, we made our own salsa from scratch and used smoked ham and no sausage. I used balsamic vinegar and this gave it a really different taste. I didn't have canned beans, so I made that from dried beans. This is a must try recipe. Thanks Fancy Nancy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2016
It was delicious and i will definitely make it again! I used regular sausage and added a bit more cumin...because we love cumin. Topped with sour cream finishes it off! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2016
What an amazing recipe. The only thing I would change is to place making the rice at the end instead of at the beginning. Overall I would change absolutely nothing about the ingredients and taste though absolutely loved it. the best part is you can add medium or hot picante sauce if you desire something even more spicy. very great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2015
Made this Christmas Eve for our eclectic celebration. To make it vegetarian friendly I used vegetable broth eliminated the chorizo and added 1 T of liquid smoke to add some depth to the broth. It was delicious! Read More
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