Over the years, I have exchanged a crazy amount of recipes with one of the engineers at work. Although he’s now 80 years old, he’s still at it. Indian food, Cuban food, Spanish food, you name it, he cooks it. When we had an office potluck some years back, he brought in Cuban Black Beans and Rice and I knew after tasting it, that I had to get the recipe for The Husband.
The first time I made it for him, I held my breath. After all, he’s Cuban and I’m certainly not. Quite the challenge to make him something that he grew up eating, and have him give it his stamp of approval. But approve he did. In fact, I quote, “This tastes just like my grandmother’s recipe.” It doesn’t get much better than that folks. Well, actually it does. The fact that Nicholas requested black beans and rice the other day just about puts it over the edge.
A year ago today … New England Clam Chowder.
Two years ago today … one of my favorite homemade pizza recipes.
Three years ago today … oh my gosh, the kids look so young, such little baby faces.
Hungry for more bean recipes?
Check out Kalyn’s Garlic-Roasted Green Beans.
Jaden from The Steamy Kitchen has some Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans.
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And lastly, The Perfect Pantry dishes up a Bailout Bean Soup.
Just Like Abuela’s Cuban Black Beans
1 pound dried black beans (2 cups), sorted and rinsed
1/2 lb fat back (I use 2-4 oz instead)
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped (1-1/2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 beef bouillon cube
2 bay leaves
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
4 cups water
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 4 oz can chopped chiles
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
3 cups hot cooked rice, for serving
Skin fat back and cut into cubes. Fry pepper, onion, celery and fat back until well softened in oil. Mix everything together in slow cooker and cook on high for 6-8 hours or until beans are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove bay leaves and serve beans over rice.
*Serve bowls of chopped red onion and hard-cooked eggs to sprinkle on top for a traditional black bean and rice dish.