This Moros y Cristianos (Black Beans and Rice) is made with rice, onion, bell pepper, garlic, adobo, black beans, and orange juice.
Want to make a restaurant style dish that could cost you $3-$5 to make but tastes like it’s worth $100? This rice and beans recipe is absolutely phenomenal and pairs very well with Chicken with Sofrito Sauce, Tostones, and Pollo Guisado.
This dish is probably one of my favorite side dishes to make and to eat. It is so simple and you can whip it up in less than 30 minutes. You can actually use canned beans or just soak dry black beans overnight and they will cook in with the rice.
How to make this:
Open the can of beans and pour the liquid into a big cup. Add the orange juice into the same cup and whatever amount of water to measure a total of 2 cups of liquid.
Bring a large saucepan on medium high heat and heat up the oil. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and peppers and cook until they’re soft, about 5-10 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the adobo and oregano, tossing until it stick to the veggies, and then pour in the 2 cups of cooking liquid, juice of a quarter lime, and the bay leaf into the saucepan. Sprinkle salt, as desired. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in the rice, beans, and cover. Cook still covered for about 15-25 minutes. You should reference your rice packet for cooking time.
When the rice is done, fluff, and stir in the rest of the lime juice.