I like this recipe too. I love rice & beans. I do it at least twice a month. But what I do is I blend, green or red peppers, onions, cilantro, garlic & vinager. Store this condiment in a jar, it never goes bad and you can use it with any other meal. It gives the black bean juice such a good flavor.
My usual black bean recipe adds bulk sausage, cumin, cayenne, cilantro, lime juice rather than vinegar or lemon, black pepper, and a tiny pinch of cloves...also chicken or vegetable stock rather than plain water.
A good base, very filling. A lot of satisfaction per calorie. However, "Caribbean" did not come to mind, it was very bland and there are no spices to speak of in this recipe. Some additional sea salt at the table perked it up though, and next time I will add spices to the beans during cooking.
Note that the calorie count is for a whole cup of rice PLUS 1/6 of the beans. That's a much larger helping than I would normally serve per person. That said, beans & rice are one of the most nutritious, satisfying foods around. Try cumin, cayenne, tarragon for flavor.
i'm cuban and i grew up eating this dish, when you add vinigar add alittle sugar and also add about 4 tablespoons of tomato sauce, makes a big difference, real garlic is also better, hope this helps anyone
Very Good. I added some additional spices, as we like food with a litle kick to it. This is only my second time making fresh dried beans so I am not sure I did everything right. During the cooking time, I added A LOT of water, probably another 6 cups or so.