Cuban-Style Rice & Beans with Turkey

White rice is swapped out for brown in our healthier version of this classic Latin American dish. Protein-rich ground turkey turns it into a complete meal.

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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
70 min


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp ground cumin (TRY: Simply Organic Ground Cumin)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (TRY: Simply Organic Oregano)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper (TRY: Simply Organic Ground Black Pepper)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups BPA-free canned unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed (TRY: Eden Organic Black Beans No Salt Added)
  • 1 1/2cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • Juice of 1 large lime, plus lime wedges for garnish


  1. In a large deep skillet with a tight fitting lid, heat oil on medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add turkey, cumin, oregano, black pepper and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until turkey is well browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add poblano and bell peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Push turkey mixture to sides of skillet, and to center of skillet, add tomato paste and vinegar and cook, stirring constantly, for 20 to 30 seconds. Add beans, broth, rice, lime juice and 1/2 cup water, stirring together all ingredients to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories 363
  • Carbohydrate Content 45 g
  • Cholesterol Content 56 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 8 g
  • Protein Content 24 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 158 mg
  • Sugar Content 2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g