Moros y Cristianos

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"This dish of black beans and rice is a simplified version of the original. It's a Cuban favorite traditionally served at Christmas and on other special occasions. The name "Moors and Christians" refers to the Moorish invasion of southern Spain in A.D. 711." --CL Reader
6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


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3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped reduced-fat ham
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can less-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
2 cups long-grain parboiled rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
Cilantro sprig (optional)


Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ham; sauté 1 minute. Add onion and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and broth; bring to a boil. Add rice and next 5 ingredients (rice through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle each serving evenly with bell pepper. Garnish with a cilantro sprig, if desired.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 276
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 8.2 g
Satfat 1.4 g
Monofat 5.3 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 11.7 g
Carbohydrate 43.8 g
Fiber 8.1 g
Cholesterol 7 mg
Iron 2.8 mg
Sodium 870 mg
Calcium 74 mg