Thursday, March 17, 2011

Congri (AKA Moros y Cristianos)

Thank-you to my lovely co-worker Nancy for teaching me the proper name for this dish! 🙂 Apparently it is known by two names… who’d have known!? I just call it “that rice with the beans cooked in it”! hah Very proper eh? Now this is by no means the traditional way of making these… it was just a quick easy way to get a tasty beans and rice mixture.

I wanted a side to go with my Macadamia & Coconut Crusted Tilapia the other night, and beans and rice just sounded SO good.  However, I really didn’t want to dirty up two pots, so I decided to do a Congri style rice and beans (made easy by using canned beans). I made it up as I went, and didn’t really know if it would turn out – but it did! And it was GOOD. The hubs LOVED them and so did I. It will def be a repeat side in the future!!  I think it’s my new favorite way to eat rice & beans!

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Congri (AKA Moros y Cristianos)


1 tsp Canola Oil
1 Cup Rice
1 Can Black Beans in Seasoning Sauce (I love Publix brand)
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
dash of Cayenne
1/4 cups Mojo Sauce (I used Publix brand)
1 3/4 Cups water


Heat canola oil in a saucepan (with a fitted lid) over medium high heat. Add the rice and stir to coat well. Pour in can of black beans (do not drain), cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, and mojo. Stir well. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 18-20 minutes. Stir before serving.

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9 Responses to “Congri (AKA Moros y Cristianos)”

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    egb — March 17, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    This looks like a great side. Your pics are making me hungry!

    • Kristina replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 11:37 am

      thanks for your compliments!!

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    The Mistress of Spices — March 29, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    Mmmmmmmm I love congri/moros y cristianos! Too bad that good Cuban food is so hard to come by here in Paris. Oh well – that just means that I’ll have to make this! I’ve never heard of Publix brand…where do you find it?

    • Kristina replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 11:37 am

      Well, at least you have fabulous crepes and pastries in Paris! heh 🙂

      Publix is a local grocery store chain here in Florida (i use their store brand). You can substitute Goya or anything you can find – i just prefer the beans that come in seasoned sauce. If you can’t find those, you may just have to add a little extra seasoning!

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    Sonia — February 15, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    I am a Pinterest Pinner and
    I pinned your Moro’s y Cristianos (Congri). As a Cuban born I wanted to clarify the name of this dish because even Cubans get it mixed up. These are two separate dishes, Congri is made with “red beans” and Moro’s y cristianos is made with “black beans”. Basically they are cooked the same way but the taste is a little different. Love them both. I don’t mean to be rude in any way, just thought the dishes deserve their proper identity and so the tradition of cooking good Cuban food continues. Happy cooking!!!

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    Anon — May 14, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    ^^^ For the post above, I’m Cuban as well and my whole life I’ve been taught that Congri is Black Beans & Moro is Red Beans.

    By the way, I wanted a quick recipe to make for my daughter tonight & I think I’ll definitely be making this. 🙂

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    Alfie — June 14, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    Anon you are confused. Sonia is correct.

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    Michael — August 28, 2014 @ 11:22 pm

    The name “Moros y Cristianos” is for the white rice and black beans dish. The “Cristianos” being the white spaniards, and the “Moros” being the moors or the Muslims from North Africa that invaded the Iberian peninsula. I hope this will help you remember.

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    Becky — July 31, 2016 @ 8:06 pm

    What if you have no mojo???

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