Pacific Cuban Black Beans and Rice


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups rice

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 ribs celery, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans

  • 2 smoked Spanish chorizo sausage links, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 (8 ounce) jar picante sauce

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (Optional)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

559 Calories
16g Fat
85g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 559
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 1609mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 28mg 139%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 842mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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