Cubanos Frijoles


Originally this came from a Cuban friend, but I've since doctored it quite a bit. This dish is hearty and a meal in itself. By adding more meat, beans, and rice, you can feed a large group of people. You might want to add more spice as well.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 2 cups brown rice

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans

  • 1 (6 ounce) can chopped black olives, drained

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper (Optional)


  1. Place rice and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until rice is tender.

  2. While the rice is cooking, brown the ground beef in a deep skillet or wok. Season with Cajun seasoning. When meat is almost done, add the onion, and cook until the meat is browned and the onion is translucent. Stir in the beans, olives, vinegar, and chipotle powder, if using. Mix well, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat. Add the cilantro during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Serve hot over or mixed with rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

570 Calories
27g Fat
58g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 570
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 1014mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 707mg 15%

* 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.