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Cuban rice and red beans- Congri     
by Cuban Cook

Congri            Serves: 4  

Notes: A great companion to pork recipes.


1 - In blender or food processor, purée onion and green pepper together (add a little water if needed). Set aside.

2 - In large pot heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the salt pork and garlic cloves. Sauté until browned. Discard the garlic.

3 - Add the onion/pepper mixture to the oil, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes until the sauce is a deep, rich red. This mixture is called sofrito.

4 - Stir in the rice, mixing it well. Add the beans, water and salt and stir. Cook on high heat, uncovered until water begins to boil. Adjust heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes until rice is tender.


• 3 tbsp. Olive oil
• 2 inch cube - salt pork
• 3 Cloves - garlic
• 1 Medium size - onion
• 3/4 Green pepper
• 1 - 40z. can tomato sauce
• 1 Cup  long grain white rice
• 1 -15 oz. can dark red beans
• 1 1/2 cup water
• 1 tbsp salt