Dominican-Style Rice and Beans

    The pork, rice, and beans in this traditional favorite are prepared in a single pot, completing an all-in-one meal.

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    Ingredients
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    8
    ounces
    red kidney beans
    1/2
    pound
    smoked ham or bacon (coarsely cut into cubes)
    4
    cloves
    garlic (coarsely chopped)
    1/2
    green bell pepper (coarsely chopped)
    3
    sprigs
    cilantro- (coarsely chopped)
    3
    medium onions (coarsely chopped)
    2
    tablespoons
    corn or vegetable oil
    1 1/2
    tablespoons
    tomato paste
    1
    teaspoon
    salt
    1/4
    teaspoon
    freshly ground black pepper
    1
    medium tomato (coarsely chopped)
    2
    tablespoons
    vinegar
    2
    cups
    white rice (well rinsed)
    Directions
    Step 1
    Presoak beans overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours in a large container with enough water to generously cover.
    Step 2
    Drain water, transfer beans to a large stockpot, and cover with 5 cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, add the ham or bacon pieces, partially cover, and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of water and continue cooking for 30 to 35 minutes.
    Step 3
    Meanwhile, make a sofrito: In a food processor or blender, combine garlic, bell pepper, cilantro, and half of the onion and process to a coarse paste.
    Step 4
    In a small skillet, heat the oil. Add the sofrito mixture, and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, salt, black pepper, tomato, vinegar, and remaining onion to the beans and cook for 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
    Step 5
    Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. Use a large spoon to separate the rice and bean mixture from the Side dish of the pot (do not stir any further or the mixture will break up and take on a gluey consistency). The dish is done when the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is fluffy.
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    65 mins
    Prep Time: 
    15 mins
    Cook Time: 
    50 mins
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