Vegan Congrí: A Delicious and Hearty Cuban Rice and Beans Dish


One typical Cuban dish that can be made vegan is congrí, which is a rice and beans dish that is often served as a side or as a main meal. To make it vegan, you can omit any meat or animal products and use vegetable broth or water instead of chicken or beef broth. Other ingredients that are often added to congrí include onions, bell peppers, garlic, and a variety of spices such as cumin, paprika, and oregano. Congrí is typically served with a variety of vegetables, such as plantains, avocado, and tomatoes, and is a staple in Cuban cuisine.


  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 cup uncooked black beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Rinse the rice and black beans in a fine mesh strainer under cold running water.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, rice, black beans, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, or until the rice and beans are tender.
  4. Stir the congrí and serve hot. Enjoy!

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