Cuban Black Bean and Yellow Rice Bowls (with roasted plantains!)

9 Reviews / 4.7 Average
If you're looking for a hearty vegetarian dish with tons of flavor, this Cuban Black Bean and Yellow Rice Bowl recipe, inspired by Southern Living Magazine, will not disappoint. I've topped it with roasted plantains for a truly tasty dinner. This recipe even makes great leftovers for lunch.
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Cuban Black Beans, roasted plantain and Yellow Rice Bowls on a countertop

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This is easily my older daughter’s new favorite meal, and I even have the text screenshot to prove it, LOL. She was on a 3-day 8th-grade field trip to the Outer Banks and trying to power through all sorts of mass-produced and questionable fast food when she sent me this text message practically begging for some Cuban black beans and yellow rice!

Lisa's daughter's text message about cuban black beans and yellow rice with roasted plantain
My daughter actually texted me this, ha ha! ☝️

Cuban Black Beans and Yellow Rice Recipe

I love that our homemade meals had her missing us at least a tiny bit! She was having so much fun that I’m sure she didn’t think much about us otherwise.

She’s funny! I have to say though, this does come together as a very hearty vegetarian dish, and the sweetness of the roasted plantains are quite a tasty finishing touch. I don’t think to make plantains very often, but I have a feeling I’ll be doing it more in the future with her requests for this recipe!

Making Homemade Mexican Yellow Rice

What’s funny is, when I first started exploring the idea of yellow rice for this dish my mind went straight to those little flavored packets of it you find at the store. I am almost a decade into cutting out processed food and still finding things I’ve never made from scratch before! The homemade touch adds that much more flavor to this Cuban black beans and yellow rice recipe.

All it takes (I’ve learned) is a little turmeric and other seasonings, and you’ve got yourself some tasty, whole-grain homemade yellow rice. Also, I’m always looking for ways to switch up classic brown rice—it’s a tad boring all on its own, don’t you think?! :)

I know at first glance this recipe looks like a lot of ingredients and prep, but I promise once you get into it, it’s reasonably straightforward. Nothing complicated going on here at all! And, if it’s your first time making roasted plantain in the oven, we’ve got step-by-step instructions below!

Cuban Black Beans and Yellow Rice as Leftovers

As I mentioned, my daughter keeps asking me to make this recipe, AND whenever we have leftovers she’s begging for them in her lunch box (pictured)! Also, this one does hold up leftover well, especially if you’re on-the-go—a good enough reason to double the recipe next time I make it!

Hope you enjoy this Cuban black beans and yellow rice recipe as much as we do.

Lunchbox with Cuban yellow rice and black beans with roasted plantain

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  1. 4 stars
    This was really delicious! I loved the flavors of the rice and beans (especially the lime!) and the meal was super simple. I felt like the rice did not keep the garlic or shallot flavors after cooked, though. – we skipped the plantains this time!

  2. 4 stars
    I’ve been searching this site for vego food I can prepare in a caravan. We don’t have an oven. This amazing black bean bowel has given me so many ideas!

  3. Jackie Giordano

    5 stars
    we love this meal! We make modifications based on what we have in the house but it is a staple now in our regular rotation.

  4. 5 stars
    We made this last night for dinner and thought it was delicious! The only change we made was to switch a chopped heirloom tomato for the red pepper. I’m not a big fan of raw peppers. We still had a lovely red color and a flavor we both enjoyed. The ripe plantains were excellent!

  5. Jackie Giordano

    5 stars
    This has gone into our regular rotation! We love how easy the leftovers are to reheat, and I add any extra rice to all kinds of things- it is so tasty!

  6. 5 stars
    Yummy! My whole family ended up enjoying this. They weren’t too excited from the looks tho haha. My son did not like the plantains much but he doesn’t like bananas either. Loved the combo of everything. We especially liked the rice cooked w the turmeric surprisingly to me. I’ll definitely;y make rice like this more often. And I’ll make this for dinner again too. Thank you for sharing!.

  7. 4 stars
    Pretty tasty! My husband, who is the pickiest person in our family, even said “This is pretty good.” I even got a “good dinner babe” as we were cleaning up! My kids both love red beans and rice so I figured this would be a hit with them. They both gave it a thumbs up. The only thing I will do differently next time is leave the lime juice out of the beans and serve with lime wedges. It just tasted a little off to me. Thanks for another tasty recipe!

  8. The black beans and rice were delicious. Plantains were tasteless and hard as a rock. I don’t know much about plantains. Were they not ripe enough? We had to grown them away.

    1. 100 Days Admin

      Hi Martha, they may not have been ripe enough. When they are green, they are usually firm and startchy, that’s why cooking these with yellow ones work best. – Nicole

  9. I cant wait to try this- I bought a few plantains this week and have all the ingredients necessary! Keep the plantain recipes coming!

  10. Can’t wait to try this one! What brand is that lunch box container you used for the picture? I need those!! :)

  11. I have been looking for a yellow rice replacement since we started our real food journey. Thank you!! I’m looking forward to trying this!
    And we can get our boys to perform ANY chore and attend ANY event with the promise of plantains :):):).
    Thank you!! WOOHOO!!

  12. 5 stars
    This meal was super yummy! We even had some random neighborhood kids stop by and join us for dinner—they all enjoyed it too!

    I made the rice in my IP (15 minutes high pressure) and it was perfect!

  13. Sounds delicious! Do you ever use the instapot? I was wondering if you knew any modifications to make it in the instapot, particularly the rice? Thank you!

    1. I cooked my rice in the instant pot using all of the same amounts. 15 minutes high pressure. It was perfect!

    1. 5 stars
      An all time favorite recipe…It was so easy, not very expensive, but most importantly, delicious! The absolute best! Thank you!