Moros y Cristianos - Black Beans and Rice

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moros y cristianos black beans and rice recipe

Moros y Cristianos is a popular side dish in some areas of the state of Veracruz, as well as other southern parts of the country. It represents one of the many Cuban influences in our Mexican gastronomy, especially in Veracruz, where it is often served with fried plantains. The original version is made by cooking the rice along with the beans, but I usually prepare it when I have some leftover steamed rice.

Even though Moros y Cristianos is a side dish, I personally think it makes a tasty treat just by itself. However, it does make an excellent compliment to several main dishes, including pork chops. For some reason, pork chops make an awesome combination with these rice and beans, and even more so when you also add fried plantains and avocado (or guacamole)

This meal is also known by other names, including “black beans and rice” and “Casamiento”. “Casamiento” means “marriage”; I guess it refers to the marriage of the rice with the beans or the Spanish culture coming into the new world.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or lard
  • ¼ cup white onion, finely diced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup of cooked black beans
  • 1/4 cup black bean broth
  • 1 ½ cup of cooked rice
  • ½ teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • A pinch of ground cumin (optional)
  • Salt to taste

moros y cristianos black beans and rice recipe


  • As mentioned above, this version is prepared using already cooked white rice. This is not the traditional way it is cooked.
  • Don’t forget that this recipe tastes even better when served with a side dish of creamy guacamole and fried plantains.


moros y cristianos black beans and rice recipe

1.     Heat oil in a skillet at medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion and minced garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes until the onion is transparent.
2.     Add the beans and cook for about 2 more minutes, allowing them to absorb some of the flavor of the onion.
3.     Stir in the cooked rice and pour the bean broth in the skillet. Keep cooking for about 5 minutes, until everything is hot. Season with salt and add oregano and cumin (if using)
moros y cristianos black beans and rice recipe

Serve with some slices of fried plantains and a delicious creamy guacamole using the recipe below. This can even make a great meatless meal.

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  1. I have made this cooking the rice and beans together. I've always done it that way on my lazy days, when I'm not feeling the cooking. I like throwing some pork meat in there as well. It falls apart as it cooks and then walla! Burrito filling :)

  2. Me encanta esto!!! Sería capaz de comerlo todos los días :P

  3. This is a keeper! My husband loves black beans and me - not so much. We both loved this dish. I tried this recipe just for something different and was pleasantly surprised at good it is. Thank you.

  4. Hello! I love seeing your recipes and have tried several of with great success and enjoyment! I was surprised to read that this rice and beans recipe ( Moros y Cristianos) is popular in Vera Cruz. I don't know much about Vera Cruz, but I grew up in Belize, which is about a one day drive south-east from there. In Belize, a very similar version of this is one of the most well-known dishes country-wide. I love rice n beans! The traditional way there as well is to cook the beans and the rice together. Thanks for bringing us all these authentic Mexican recipes! When I'm looking for something Mexican, yours is one of the first sites I go to.



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