Black Beans, Chorizo, and Rice

Why just have black beans, when you can put chorizo in it too?


  • 1 lb bag of black beans
  • 1/2 lb loose chorizo
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 carrot diced small
  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 2 tsp mexican oregano
  • 10 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • chicken stock
  • 2 tbs sherry vinegar
  • Cooked white rice


  1. Soak beans overnight in 2 qts water w/ 2 tbs kosher salt
  2. Put beans + soaking water + 1 quart chicken stock + 1/2 of the onion + 6 cloves garlic + bay into dutch oven
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cook for 60 minutes skimming every 10 or so minutes
  4. At the end of the hour, brown the chorizo on medium high in a skillet with some canola oil.
  5. Evac the chorizo, reduce heat to medium low
  6. Add more oil if you think you need it and cook the remaining onion + green pepper + celery + carrot till soft.
  7. At the end, add the cumin + oregano + garlic.  Cook for a two minutes more
  8. Add the sherry vinegar, cook for 20 seconds.
  9. Throw veggies (really a sofrito) and the chorizo into the pot with the beans
  10. Cook for ~45 minutes more until the beans are done.  If the liquid level ever gets too low, add more stock.  You’ll figure it out.
  11. Serve over rice


I love black beans and rice.   I’ve tried over the years to make a good version and never quite hit upon a version i liked.  This one is the first that i wanted to write down after making it.

I started craving this after seeing a recipe for black bean soup in Antony Bourdain’s cookbook, Appetites.  There are a ton of things i want to cook in that book.  This recipe is that recipe mashed together with Sofia Pelaez’s recipe in her excellent cookbook, The Cuban Table.

This could also be a soup if you held off on readding the chorizo, let the beans and the sofrito cook for a bit, added more stock, and spun with a stick blender.

You could also maybe make this vegetarian by using veggie stock and adding in the spices that are brought by the chorizo.  But why would you?!?


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