Arroz Congri (Cuban Rice and Black Beans)

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Arroz Congri is a Cuban black bean and rice dish using canned black beans that can be served as a side or meatless main dish.

Cuban rice and black beans

Arroz Congri (Cuban Rice and Black Beans)

The aroma that fills your kitchen while cooking these Cuban rice and black beans will make you want to pump up the salsa music and grab a mojito! You can enjoy arroz congri as a vegetarian main dish with a salad or as a side with steak, Cubano Chicken Chicken Sabroso, Garlicky Pork, or Slow Cooked Pernil. Another Latin rice recipe you must try is my favorite, Arroz Con Pollo!

Rice and black beans cook together, which gives the rice its black color. Peppers, onions, garlic, cumin, and bay leaf give this dish so much flavor. Not only is arroz congri delicious, but it’s also high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, low in fat, vegan, and gluten-free. Win, win!

I grew up surrounded by many Cuban families. In fact, as a kid, my first “grandma” was Cuban and taught my mom how to cook so many authentic Cuban dishes, like Picadillo. I grew up eating arroz congri and make it quite
often, especially when I have leftover cooked beans. But canned beans work well too!

Arroz Congri Tips

  • Rice: White rice is typically used in this dish. I’ve never had it with brown rice, but I’m sure it would be delicious for those of you who prefer brown. You may have to adjust the liquid and cooking time.
  • Beans: You can, of course, cook dried beans and use those if you prefer not to use canned. For this recipe, I don’t recommend you drain the beans since the liquid gives the rice its black color. If you really want to drain the beans, be sure to fill the can back up with some water so it won’t be too dry.


Arroz Congri

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Arroz Congri (Cuban Rice and Black Beans)

143 Cals 6.5 Protein 27.5 Carbs 2.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
Arroz Congri is a Cuban black beans and rice dish using canned black beans that can be served as a side dish or meatless main dish.


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper, chopped
  • small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 15 oz can black beans, I use Goya (don't drain)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a heavy medium sized pot, heat oil on medium heat.
  • Add onions, peppers and garlic and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add rice, beans, water, cumin, bay leaf, oregano and salt and pepper. Simmer on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the rice absorbs most of the water and just barely skims the top of the rice.
    sauted veggies for rice and beans
  • Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minute (don't peek).
  • Make sure you have a good seal on your cover, the steam cooks the rice. After 20 minutes, shut flame off and let it sit, covered another 5 minutes (don't open the lid).


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 27.5g, Protein: 6.5g, Fat: 2.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 322mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: Arroz Congri, arroz congri receta, congri recipe, Cuban Rice and beans, spanish rice and beans recipe

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  1. Every Cuban I know uses Goya Adobo in place of salt to give it more flavor. So if it tastes bland to you try using that. It’s a seasoning salt and it works great with a lot of dishes. I use it in all the Cuban dishes I make.

  2. It’s a good starting point. I agree with some other commenters that it’s not super flavorful. Idk if that’s from the low sodium beans. I think next time I’ll used Cuban black beans and add some sazon maybe? I’ll compare seasoning levels of other recipes. But I also wonder if it’s one of those dishes that are better the next day as it melds. Some people don’t like salt so much. Easier to add than take away. 
    I would suggest having the amount of water called for available, but don’t dump it all in. Just add water a little at a time. I didn’t use all the water it called for. 

  3. For anyone wanting to do in pressure cooker I tried it. I looked at Skinny taste cilantro rice for timing and amount of water which was 1.25 cup water and 3 minutes with 10 natural release. I put the pepper onion garlic herbs in first for 5 minutes on saute then added rice. I waited to add beans because wasn’t sure if that would mess up water rice ratio, added when done. Cooked perfectly, If I did anything different I would season the entire dish more with the spices, I didn’t add much salt and it needed something. Maybe using broth instead of water would be nice. Makes a nice side dish and had with Slow cooker sweet barbacoa pork which I also made for the first time.

  4. I made this with brown rice – used 2 cups of the liquid from cooking black beans in the instant pot and cooked for 60 minutes on the stovetop. I am not sure how this doesn’t come out with too much liquid when you make it with white rice and the amount of liquid called for in the recipe! It was great for burrito filling for my family and a bowl for me, I dressed it up with salsa verde, avocado, cheese, sour cream and green onions, otherwise I probably would have thought it was a bit bland (and I doubled the cumin). But bland works great for my 9 year old!

  5. This recipe is a winner, even my kids love it!

  6. Good flavor but it didn’t taste like it penetrated the rice. Would try it again

  7. I love this recipe . I use left overs for breakfast with egg over easy . It’s a must try with egg ! 

  8. This recipe is great! Have made multiple times. Side dish or in a burrito or lettuce wrap, with or without taco meat. Especially good with vaca frita and maduros. Super easy and so good. 

  9. I make this recipe at least once a week, my whole family loves it! I Cook  it for 30 minutes instead of 20, and omit the oregano, bay leaf and peppers. Still delicious 

  10. I cooked this in my rice cooker and it was so easy and delicious! 

  11. I made this last night as a side with grilled pork chops. It was so delicious. Thank you skinnytaste for making me feel like I can actually cook! 

  12. This was really good!  My family loved it and asked for seconds.  It’s a keeper!

  13. I’ve got left over Basmati rice I need to use, Can I incorporate it into this recipe and what modifications would I need to make?

    P.S. It would be helpful if your blog afforded us of notifications of new comments so we know if/when you respond to our questions.

  14. Would changing to brown rice make this 0 points for purple?

    • Yes, As the only thing would have to be counted is the olive oil, 2 teaspoons equal =3  points divided amongst 5 serving is Not even a half points each.

  15. If you want to take this recipe to the next level, try it with Hanover’s Cuban style black beans. They are pre-seasoned and so delicious. I like them better than Goya. Yum!

  16. Lacks flavor. But simple method.

  17. I love Goya black beans and I love this recipe.  If I double the beans, do I need to change anything else?

  18. Love this recipe but how about any kind of beans besides Goya? 

  19. I have made this twice, spend a lot of time in Cuba over the last 15 years and was lucky enough to visit and have dinner with good Cuban friends. We came home to Canada and missed the amazing Congri that we had in Cuba.
    This rendition is very close to the original that we enjoy in Cuba and my husband and I love it.
    I added a little more garlic and onion. I used the Sprague canned organic black beans with liquid. The Cumin is a great , the smell of this cooking is amazing.