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Weight Watchers Black Beans and Rice (Cuban)

Weight Watchers Black Beans and Rice (Cuban) Recipe

Weight Watchers Black Beans and Rice (Cuban) Recipe. There are few things more comforting than a big bowl of Cuban black beans and rice. The flavors are simple but perfect, and the dish is hearty and filling. Plus, it’s easy to make and relatively inexpensive. The beans provide a rich source of protein and fiber, while the rice lends a fluffy texture and subtle sweetness.

This classic dinner or lunch is made with rice, olive oil, red sweet pepper, red onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, black beans, salt, red wine vinegar, cilantro, and fresh lime.

This dish can be easily customized to suit your taste, and it can be made in advance and reheated for an easy weeknight meal. Whether you’re serving it as a main course or as a side dish, Cuban black beans and rice is sure to please everyone at the table.

Weight Watchers Points

MyWW Points: 7 Green Plan
7 WW Smart Points
Personal Points will vary based on your individual plan.

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Featured Ingredients

Black Beans

Black beans are a type of legume that is native to South America. Though they are often used in Mexican and Caribbean cuisine, black beans can be used in a variety of dishes from all around the world.

In addition to being delicious, black beans are also incredibly nutritious. They are a good source of protein, fiber, and iron.

Black beans in a brown bowl.
Black Beans


Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Native to the Mediterranean region, it has been cultivated for centuries and is now grown all over the world.

The leaves and stems of the cilantro plant are used as a garnish or seasoning in many different cuisines.

Fresh cilantro on a wooden surface.

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Cuban Black Beans and Rice on a white plate.

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Weight Watchers Cuban Black Beans and Rice

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Weight Watchers Black Beans and Rice (Cuban) Recipe. This classic dinner or lunch is the perfect, quick and easy comfort food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 6



  • Cook rice according to the package directions.
  • In the meantime, place a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add olive oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add peppers, and 1½ cup of the red onion.
  • Cook approximately 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stir often.
  • Add minced garlic, dried oregano, and ground cumin. Stir and cook approximately 30 – 40 seconds, or until mix becomes fragrant.
  • Add black beans including the liquid, ½ cup water, and salt. Stir to mix well.
  • Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and continue to simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Take skillet off heat, add red wine vinegar, and ⅓ cup of the cilantro. Stir to mix well.

To Serve:

  • Place ½ cup of cooked rice on a plate, and top with ¾ cup of the black bean mixture. Sprinkle remaining onion mixture and cilantro on top, and squeeze 1 lime wedge over each serving.


Serving Size: 3/4 cup of black beans and 1/2 cup of rice.
MyWW Points: 7 Green Plan
7 WW Smart Points
Personal Points will vary based on your individual plan.
We are not associated with Weight Watchers/WW in any way. Double check points on their official calculator.


Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 284mgPotassium: 445mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1374IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
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