Simple Cuban Black Beans & Rice in a Rice Cooker Recipe

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I've loved cuban black beans and rice ever since I lived in Weehawken, New Jersey and ate at the Unica Cafe. This recipe takes some short cuts and uses a rice cooker, but I still think the results are delicious. Try this under any caribbean grilled meat, fish or stew and you won't be disappointed!

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Servings: 10-12


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  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano or 2 Tbsp minced, fresh oregano
  • 10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups long grain rice (I used brown jasmine, or try white jasmine, basmati, etc.)
  • 4 cups water (approximately)


  1. In a pot or large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, green pepper, cumin and oregano, and cook, stirring, for 6 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for 2 more minutes. Add the black beans and stir for 1 more minute, then remove from heat.
  2. Add the rice and water to your rice cooker (if your rice cooker has a water line for white or brown rice, just fill with water up to that line. Otherwise, just add approximately 3 1/2 to 4 cups water. Then, using a spatula, move the bean mixture from the pot into the rice cooker pan on top of the rice and water. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Cook the rice on the normal setting and serve when completed.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 290g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 617  
Calories from Fat 44 7%
Total Fat 5.06g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.92g 4%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 249mg 10%
Potassium 1765mg 50%
Total Carbs 115.94g 31%
Dietary Fiber 18.1g 60%
Sugars 3.26g 2%
Protein 28.26g 45%



  • Nancy Miyasaki
    April 7, 2013
    This is a simple, healthy, and tasty alternative to a regular rice side. It goes well with any grilled meat, and with this easy recipe it's not much more work than making rice in a rice cooker.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • Sally
      May 10, 2014
      can't wait to try this


      • Jayashree.T.Rao
        August 28, 2016
        Looks delicious !
        • ShaleeDP
          September 30, 2014
          Awesome recipes you have. Thanks for sharing this.
          • nency
            April 24, 2013
            its very healthy and awesome!!
            • Bon
              April 7, 2013
              If you don't have a rice cooker, what is an alternative way to prepare this dish? I also enjoy good Cuban food and would love to make this.
              1 reply
              • John Spottiswood
                April 8, 2013
                Hi Bon - great question. Please follow the same directions using a covered pot on the stove. Bring the rice to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer an cook for about 30 minutes. Check the rice at 25 minutes to see if there are small holes in the surface. If so, it is done. If not, put the cover back on and cook a little longer. It should definitely not take longer than 40 minutes. Enjoy!

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