This simple dish of black beans served over rice has come to be known as a regional standard in Florida due to the popularization of black beans by the Cuban-American community. Once you have your cooked beans on hand, this recipe requires a minimum of effort. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Cuban-Inspired Black Beans and Rice

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3–4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2–4 cups cooked black beans (from about 1 2/3 cups raw), or 2 (15–16 oz) cans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a few grains of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup water or cooking liquid from beans
  • hot cooked brown rice
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped, for optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté until they over medium-low heat…

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