Recipe to make Cuban Congri

This Cuban congri rice recipe is like the rumors that run from mouth to mouth, "an acquaintance told me that his cousin, who is a military girlfriend, told him that ...". In this case: this recipe is from a Cuban lady who lives in Miami, who is the wife of a friend of a co-worker of my mother ... well ...

The congri is a typical dish of Cuba . It is a mixture of rice and black beans with some variations, depending on the region and the cook, like the one I present in the blog that is with pork ribs.

The origin of rice congri seems to be African, there is no absolute certainty of this. It supposedly reached the Caribbean islands through the colony, and became local not only in Cuba, but also in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other islands in the region.

How to make Cuban congri rice

Ingredients (4 people)

  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 can of 250 g of cooked black beans
  • Half a kilo of chopped pork ribs
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Half pepper (use pieces of different colors to make the dish look visually better)
  • 1 sweet pepper (or hot if you prefer)
  • A couple of bay leaves
  • A pinch of ground cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil


Look for a large, deep pan and fry the pieces of pork rib in oil. Add salt, pepper and cumin.

Let them seal and cook a little. They're going to throw some fat, that's good.

Remove then the ribs of the pan and reserve. If there is a lot of oil, remove a part. Then, right there you are going to sauté the onion, garlic, pepper, chili and laurel. Add a pinch of salt, pepper and cumin.

Then add the cup of rice, stir for a couple of minutes, incorporates the full can of beans, including the broth that brings. Put also 2 cups of water.

When it starts to boil, add the previously cooked pork ribs. Check the salt and let boil.

When the liquid has evaporated, lower the heat and cover the pan. Let cook for 20 minutes, or until the rice grain is ready.

Remove from heat, serve and add a splash of olive oil.

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Do you want more rice dishes? Try the Valencian paella recipe and eat a delicious homemade rice pudding for dessert. Or visit our page with rice recipes directly.