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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.
SERVES 6 (AS A SIDE DISH)
- 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
- 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.
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)
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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