Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice


This classic black beans and rice recipe is loaded with flavor!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 4 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups dry black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeño chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped (see Tips)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice or white rice

  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro

  • 1 small fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and chopped (see Tips)

  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • Lime wedges


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the 4 cups water and the beans. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans.

  2. Place beans in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add broth, chopped onion, bay leaves, chile peppers, garlic, cumin, lime peel, salt and black pepper.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.

  4. Drain beans, reserving liquid. Discard bay leaves. Mash beans slightly. Stir in enough liquid (about 1/2 cup) to moisten to desired consistency. Serve beans with hot cooked rice. Top with cilantro, chopped chile peppers, tomatoes and additional chopped onion. Serve with lime wedges.


Tips: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
2g Fat
50g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Vitamin A 379IU 8%
Vitamin C 13mg 14%
Folate 225mcg 56%
Sodium 393mg 17%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 116mg 28%
Potassium 868mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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