This easy black beans and rice recipe goes great with just about any meat, or you can stir in diced chicken or sausage to make a one-dish meal. It is versatile, inexpensive, and very tasty.
This black and beans rice recipe is so good, y’all. It’s one of my family’s favorite dishes, and it’s so versatile! Serve it as a side with any meat of your choice, stir in some chicken or sausage, use it to fill burritos, or just eat it on its own. So many possibilities!
What You Need To Know about Black Beans and Rice Recipe
Rice is a non-allergenic and gluten-free food. It is a member of the grass family, which is consumed by nearly half of the world’s population. It is the staple diet for many regions of the world, including South America and Asia. Many people think that rice’s origins can be traced back to 3000 BC in India, where locals found the plant growing wild. Interesting, right? Keep reading and enjoy this easy black beans and rice recipe.
All beans are naturally low in fat and a great source of protein, magnesium, dietary fiber, complex carbs, iron, and antioxidants. High fiber foods are a smart choice for diabetics and other low-fat diets since they can help naturally decrease cholesterol and prevent blood sugar levels. Constant bean consumption can protect against cancer, heart problems, and aging.
Influenced By Many Cultures
Beans and rice are belonging many cultures around the world and these staple foods combine and make a great dish. The mix of plant foods offers a number of crucial elements as well as a substantial amount of calories, and both meals are commonly available. While the rice can be either plain or seasoned, the beans are typically seasoned. The two ingredients can be combined, served individually on the platter, or both together. The beans add a lovely, rich taste to the rice and are a fantastic source of protein.
Rice with black beans is such a traditional pairing. There are many different methods to prepare it, but this one is simple, quick to prepare, and delicious. Beans and rice are a staple food in many countries, and there are countless variations of this straightforward but satisfying dish. Different versions of this well-known meal can be found in nations including Brazil, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Korea, the United States, and the Caribbean.
Reason Why We Need To Eat This Food
This food is quite healthy! Beans are rich in protein and iron and serve as a satisfying carbohydrate when combined with rice (beans are definitely the most nutritious of the pair). They also give a complete protein, which is necessary for our bodies to remain healthy. Veggies are a simple, wholesome addition to any meal. It is incredibly versatile and inexpensive. The outcome is a delicious and flavorful dish that is ideal for those times when you need to prepare a supper quickly.
How to Make Black Beans and Rice?
Since I can eat way more than my fair share of black bean rice, I like to double the recipe so we have leftovers for lunches. It works well in lunchboxes, or I like to make a quick burrito bowl with the addition of some lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and cheese.
I found inspiration for this recipe on AllRecipes years ago, and I think it may be the first time I have ever cooked with cumin. I was instantly sold! If you haven’t yet cooked with cumin, just trust me that it makes the dish. It’s definitely worth buying a jar if you don’t already have some. I always include it in my Mexican recipes because I love its distinctive flavor, and it’s all thanks to these black beans and rice.
I hope you will love this recipe as much as we do!Print
Easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe
This simple side dish is versatile, inexpensive, and tasty. Serve with any meat, use it in burritos, or add diced chicken or sausage to make a one-dish meal.
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic crushed or minced
- 1 cup white rice I like medium grain
- 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 15 ounces can and seasoned black beans drained and rinsed
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 3 minutes, until onion is tender and starting to brown. Add garlic, and sauté one minute longer. Add uncooked rice, and stir and sauté 2 minutes.
- Add broth, salt, and cumin. Stir together, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.
- Remove lid, stir in beans, and cover again. Turn off heat, and let stand for 3 minutes before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 25
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: Mexican
Beans are rich in protein, carbohydrates, micronutrients, and fiber. They also include folate, which is often lacking in American diets. The combination of grains and protein is filling and nutritious.
Rice (a grain) and beans (a legume) are each vegetarian and together make up a complete protein, providing each of the amino acids the body cannot make for itself. While rice is rich in starch and thus is a great source of energy, beans contain iron and a good amount of protein.
|Calories||125 kcal||Carbohydrates||26 g|
|Protein||2 g||Fat||1 g|
|Saturated Fat||1 g||Monounsaturated Fat||1 mg|
|Iron||1 mg||Sodium||6 mg|
|Potassium||57 mg||Fiber||1 g|
|Sugar||1 g||Vitamin A||4IU|
|Vitamin C||1 mg||Calcium||18 mg|
Variation and Substitution of Black Beans and Rice Recipe
This is a basic recipe for beans and rice, and you may modify it by adding a number of different ingredients.
Vegetables: A few examples of veggies to try including are chopped tomato, maize, red bell pepper, green chilies, and zucchini.
Beans: Black beans can be replaced with pinto beans.
Cheese: Consider adding a sprinkling of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, or Cotija cheese.
Spices: To the mixture, you can add more flavors like ground coriander, chili powder, or crushed red pepper flakes.
For good reasons, rice and beans are a popular pairing in many different cultures all over the world. They both provide a cheap dish that is nutritious and rich in complex carbohydrates while being low in fat. Black beans and rice both have high protein content and at least 10% of each of the seven vitamins and minerals.
- Gluten-free and naturally anti-inflammatory.
- Enhances the health of the nervous system.
- Great Source of Energy.
- Constipation prevention due to diuretic and digestive properties.
- Can Aid in Lowering Cancer Risks.
- Stops obesity.
- Regulates blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Good Protein Source
What Do You Love About Black Beans and Rice?
It is easy to have most, if not all, of the ingredients on hand that are needed for this recipe. This dinner recipe is easy to prepare. It tastes and looks good, that everyone likes, and that doesn’t take a ton of time in the kitchen.
- It has great flavor.
- Made in one pot
- Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and soy-free
- Uses inexpensive pantry staples
- Seasoned to perfection with Mexican-inspired flavors like cumin and chili powder
How to Store Black Beans and Rice Food?
Serve: Black beans and rice can be kept at room temperature for about two hours before serving.
Store: This recipe is excellent for meal preparation because it keeps well as leftovers. Beans and rice can be kept in the fridge for up to five days if they aren’t eaten.
Re-Heat: Heat food slowly in a microwave or on the stovetop to reheat. Then cover the rice with a wet paper towel before heating it in the microwave. By doing this, moisture will be added, resulting in fluffy, soft rice after reheating.
Freeze: Black Beans and Rice can be frozen for up to three weeks in an airtight container or zip-top bag as long as it is properly sealed.
I’m so glad I found this recipe its super cheap but super delicious! Taught me some stuff. I only make it this way now. Thank you so much for sharing!
Hi, Kristal! I’m so glad that you tried this recipe; it is also one of my favorites, and when you decide to cook it again, share a photo of your delicious black bean rice recipe :). You’re welcome!
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This was good and easy, though a bit bland, and I by no means, like spicy foods. So, I’m thinking adding some mild salsa would add what I think this needs. Thanks.
This was great! I ran out of garlic so I used garlic salt and the substitute worked. The whole family liked it, including a 15 & 8 year old. Great recipe! I saved the pin and will definitely make this again!
Best rice and beans recipe ever! I used unsalted broth and seasoned black beans; it was perfect! This will be my go to recipe from now on!
I don’t have seasoned black beans. Would plain black beans work the same?
Sharon Seiber says
That’s what I used!
I added a 1/2 tsp of homemade fajita seasoning when I was out of seasoned black beans and it was perfect.
Hi Britanny! We’re glad to hear you used homemade fajita seasoning instead of seasoned black beans because they were out of stock. Times like this are expected when we are in the middle of our cooking time because we won’t notice any shortage of ingredients until we decide to cook. Yes, you can use it as a substitute for black beans because fajita seasoning contains a pop of spice, which is always good. Paprika: Red is the color, and it is flavorful with a hint of sweetness mixed with some heat. Cumin is an earthy flavoring that blends well with paprika and, lastly, garlic powder. So it means that you just add the perfect substitute for seasoned black beans. Congratulations chef!
Awesome recipe. I served this with chicken and a veggie too. Since we are just 2 people here this can be used again tomorrow!!
Fantastic recipe!!! I added chicken and made a burrito bowl. So tasty!! Will make again and again!
I like the sound of this recipe, could I substitute brown rice? Would that change any measurements?
I doubt it Jennifer. :)!
I used already cooked brown rice and reduced the broth. It was delicious.
This was fantastic! The only thing I added was a sprinkling of epazote because I read that it helped decrease the bloating that comes with eating beans. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and it came out as promised. I will definitely make it again and again
We’ve been slapped with a ton of medical bills so to save money we’ve been eating rice and beans 4 days a week to get them paid off and this is the recipe i use but to save even more money I’ve been making the black beans in the instapot with dried beans. Soo good with avocado or cheese
This turned out great! Loved how easy it was and my whole family loved it!!!
This is actually the best rice and beans recipe I’ve ever tried. It is so easy and delicious!! It doesn’t have an over abundance of flavor. I did replace the cumin with Adobo though, I highly recommend it :)
Andi Gleeson says
Wow, Nicki!! What a compliment! Thank you so much!!
Francey that! says
It is sooooo good! I added some andouly sausage. Very hearty on this cold winter day.
Andi Gleeson says
Thank you, Francey! Adding sausage is a great idea. I’m so glad you liked it!
fred marshall says
sounds good, except for 903 grams sodium, might as well buy something on the Campbell soup shelf.
Andi - The Weary Chef says
Hi, Fred! You might want to take the sodium in this recipe with a grain of salt (ha!). It really depends on if you use reduced sodium broth and beans. If you are careful with those ingredients, you can definitely limit it. I’m not sure if the nutrition info is completely accurate. Thank you!
Sharon Seiber says
I used reduced sodium. Did not affect the taste at all!
This was excellent! I accidentally bought mixed beans (pinto, kidney & black) and it was excellent!
Andi Gleeson says
Oh, I’m sure the mixed beans were just as good or better. So glad you liked it, Jane. Thank you!
DEe dee says
Next time I would cook the Rick on water. I thought the chicken broth made this way too salty. Overall I enjoyed this very much.
Andi Gleeson says
Thanks for the feedback, Dee Dee. I adjusted the recipe to reduce the sodium. You can always add salt at the end, but you can’t take it out! :)
Heyy this recipe looks good and easy my only question is how many calories in one serving?
Andi Gleeson says
Hi! So sorry I never replied to this question sooner, but I just added nutritional info for the recipe. Thanks for asking!
Ok so I’m making your fish stick burritos for my family tomorrow night and I’ve run in to a slight problem :/ I don’t have any more chicken broth after making that delicious baked chicken with pumpkin rice, however I have black bean soup instead of just regular canned black beans. I was wondering if I could make the rice mister by using the black bean soup and white rice by themselves along with to he seasoning? Will this work? I’m a seriously inexperienced Cook :) so I have no clue!
Hi, Muskie! I think you can make the recipe as written with water instead of broth, and then stir in the black bean soup at the end. You might want to only add half a can of soup and stir it in to see how it goes to make sure your beans don’t get too watery. I can’t guarantee that this will be quite as good as the original since I haven’t tried it, but it will surely still taste fine. Let me know how it goes!
Instead of eating out all the time, I now try to cook for my Mexican boyfriend, especially on Sunday. Thanks for providing tomorrow night’s meal! Btw, I tried your Mexican Chicken Pasta and he absolutely loved it, declaring it “perfect!” Thanks so much; I LOVE your website! :)
Hi, Katie! I’m so happy you liked the pasta! I hope the black beans and rice were a hit too. I really appreciate your kind words and am so glad to have you as a reader :) Have a great week!
Kelly McDonald says
Simply the best black beans and rice recipe ever! Thanks!
Wow! Thank you, Kelly!
Sharon Seiber says
It was very good and the only thing I added was some sharp cheese on the top!