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Moros y Cristianos – Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Moros y Cristianos has been said to translate to Moors and Christians. The Black beans represent the Moors, and the rice represents the Christians. Cuban food has always been considered to have strong ties to the Spanish, North African, and Caribbean areas.Moros y Cristianos , Black Beans and Rice

 

Moros y Cristianos has always been a popular dish served at the Feast of St. George. This feast, as well as a number of other festivals, and is said to commemorate the Reconquista – a prolonged period of fighting between the Christian and the Muslim people.

Moros y Cristianos

  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups dried black beans, rinsed clean
  • Water or stock, enough to cook beans
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 3 tomatoes seeds removed and diced
  • 1 green pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 4 cups cooked long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

 

5 from 5 votes
Moros y Cristianos , Black Beans and Rice
Moros y Cristianos - Cuban Black Beans & Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
 
Moros y Cristianos has always been a popular dish served at the Feast of St. George. This feast, as well as a number of other festivals, and is said to commemorate the Reconquista – a prolonged period of fighting between the Christian and the Muslim people
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: Black Beans
Servings: 10
Author: Heidy L. McCallum
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 bay leaves reserve 2
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound sliced bacon or ham diced
  • 3 tomatoes seeds removed and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium Spanish onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • cooked long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the black beans with 1 teaspoons of the oregano, bay leaves, and cold water/ or stock to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over moderately low heat until the beans are cooked about 90 minutes.
  2. Partially Drain the black beans, reserving some the cooking liquid in a pan with beans. Discard the bay leaves at this time.
  3. Place the pan On medium heat. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until crisp, about 15 minutes.
  4. Drain off all but about 1/3 cup of fat from the pan. Add the Spanish onion, Green pepper, fresh garlic, cumin, coriander, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of oregano, and 2 more bay leaves.
  5. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring the beans often until the onion is softened. At this time add to beans, along with diced tomatoes. Simmer another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve over white rice, garnish with avocado if desired.

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    pattyanderson54
    June 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Love beans and rice dishes Heidy and I liked the bit of history too. Always want to learn.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 12, 2015 at 12:29 am

      Black beans are so awesome and versatile, one of my favorites too Patty.

  • Reply
    tampacakegirl
    May 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Living in Florida, I have become a big fan of Cuban food. Black beans and rice are my favorites. Your photos are making me hungry!

  • Reply
    Mandy Lewis
    June 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Cuban food is an all time favorite of ours. Glad I found your recipe for Black Beans and Rice!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      I love it too Mandy, being down in South Florida we used to have it all the time! Glad you enjoyed our Moros y Cristianos, Cuban Black Beans and Rice

  • Reply
    The Foodie Affair
    May 21, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Looks tasty and filling! Healthy for you too!

  • Reply
    Kecia
    May 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This looks fantastic! I could really dig into this for dinner tonight!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      May 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Kecia, I love a good recipe for black Beans and rice!!!

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