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Black Beans and Rice (Congri)
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Black Beans and Rice (Arroz Congri)

This Black Beans and Rice or Arroz Congri is a popular Latin Caribbean dish filled with Latin flavors like garlic, oregano, and cilantro.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: caribbean
Servings: 6
Calories: 512kcal
Author: Vanessa


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • half of a green and/or red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 cubes of chicken bouillon (caldo de pollo)
  • 1 pack of sazón (culantro y achiote)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon adobo
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can black beans, with liquid
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups rice, rinsed


  • In a large cast-iron pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion, pepper, garlic, cilantro, tomato sauce, chicken bouillon cubes, sazón, oregano, cumin, adobo, and black pepper for about 2-3 minutes until vegetables begin to release the aroma.
  • Add the beans with its liquid and water. When the water begins to boil, add the rice, stirring occasionally to avoid from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once the rice has soaked up all the water and begins to dry up, lower the heat to low.
  • Cover and let cook for 25 minutes. Then, stir the rice carefully and cover for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with a side of your choice.


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg