Mojo-Style Black Bean and Rice Bowl


Based on a local street vendor favorite. The tangy mojo Cubano (garlic sauce) makes all the difference in this tasty and filling recipe. Don't be intimidated by the number of separate preparations, as it all comes together while the brown rice cooks.

Mojo-Style Black Bean and Rice Bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
4 servings



  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups brown rice

  • salt


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

  • ½ lime, juiced

Mojo Cubano (Garlic Sauce):

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ white onion, sliced

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin (Optional)


  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup fresh salsa

  • 1 cup sour cream, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Mix rice with water and a dash of salt in a 4-quart saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir, cover, reduce heat, and let simmer until tender, 40 to 45 minutes.

  2. At the same time, drain most of the liquid from the beans and combine with onion and cayenne in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, 15 to 20 minutes. Add cilantro and lime juice, stir, and remove from heat.

  3. Combine garlic and salt for sauce in a small bowl; mash together to form a paste. Add garlic paste to sliced onion, olive oil, lemon juice, orange juice, and cumin in an electric blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a small nonstick skillet and simmer, stirring regularly and taking care not to burn, for 5 minutes.

  4. Layer 1 cup of rice, 2 to 3 tablespoons mojo Cubano, 3/4 cup black beans, a generous sprinkling of Cheddar cheese, salsa, and a dollop of sour cream in a large bowl. Repeat for each serving.

Cook's Note:

You can use chicken broth instead of water if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

950 Calories
38g Fat
124g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 950
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1817mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 124g 45%
Dietary Fiber 21g 73%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 28mg 138%
Calcium 430mg 33%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1388mg 30%

* 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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