Served it for a crowd for a Cuban themed dinner. My only issue was that due to the tomato base, most people thought it was chili--I don't know why that bothered me, but it did. It was pretty tomato-y, so I might use less tomato paste next time. I was informed that "real" Cubans would never add tomato paste to their beans.
Added jalapeno and some hot sauce, too, because that's just how I roll. I'm sure "real" Cubans would take issue with that, too.
I used 2 cans of rinsed and drained black beans and skipped step 1 altogether. About 2 cups of chicken broth for the water.
The people I served it for are wimps when it comes to spice, and no one thought it was too spicy, even with the jalapenos and hot sauce. None left over, and everyone said they liked it.
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Served it for a crowd for a Cuban themed dinner. My only issue was that due to the tomato...