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Congri (Black Beans and Rice)
  • This is a great side for many a Cuban dinner at our house.
  • Make it ahead of time a keep it handy for a few days.

  • 2-15 ounce cans organic black beans, undrained
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups short grain brown rice
  • 2 cups sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt(to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves


  • In a dutch oven, heat extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Add onions and peppers, saute until tender about 5 minutes. Add garlic, saute about 1 minute, add rice, saute 2 more minutes. Add cumin and oregano then add beans, including liquid. Add vinegar, bay leaves, salt and water. Bring to a boil, taste for salt, add more if needed. Lower flame to low, put lid on pot and set timer for 40 minutes. When time is up, remove lid, fluff with a fork and turn off stove. Remove the bay leaves before serving. Defruta!
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