Arroz con frijoles negro is a classic Cuban rice and beans recipe made with silky, savory black beans served on top of fluffy white rice. Whether you serve it as a side dish or a main course, it will be a delicious meal for any day of the week!
Soak the dried black beans in a pot full of 3 cups of water overnight.
The next day, drain and then add 5 new cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook them for 60 minutes, stirring frequently. Be careful not to let the beans dry out completely. You can add 1 cup of water if they are absorbing the water too quickly. Make sure to keep an eye on them. After softening them for 60 minutes, drain and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
In a saucepan, sauté green pepper, onions, and garlic at medium heat for 5 minutes until softened.
Next, add the softened black beans, water, olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, and a bay leaf. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
Place the lid on top and reduce to low heat. Cook for 20 minutes until you get a thick, silky and creamy consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.
In the meantime, make the rice. In a large saucepan, add the rice, water, oil, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat but do not open the lid for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. The result is soft, fluffy white rice, not mushy nor wet.
Serve the white rice with cooked black beans on top. Enjoy!