I have been fascinated with the flavors of the Cuban culture for quite a few years. The amazing flavors that were forged from Spanish, African and the Caribbean.

This is one of my favorite dishes of all time from the Cuban kitchen – it is one of the most typical meals and generally served with some protein – most often chicken ‘pollo’ with a Mojo marinade.

Seriously, this is easy to make and will fill your hungry Army up!

Rice & Beans – Cubano Style (Moros y Cristianos)

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Occasion Christmas
By author Brian Child


  • 3 Cups Brown Rice (Dry)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Back Beans (Soaked and sorted)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Yellow Onion (Diced)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Bell Pepper (Seeded and Diced)
  • 1 Jalepeño pepper (Seeded and Diced)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 4 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock (for a vegetarian version use a vegetable stock)
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro (Fresh, plus more for garnish)


Step 1
In a large saute pan - saute your garlic, pepper, onion and jalapeño in olive oil on medium heat. Cook until soft, this should take about 6 minutes.

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