Black Beans and Rice

This recipe for black beans and rice is full of flavor. It is comforting, delicious, and can easily be made vegan!

Yummy rice and beans is hearty enough to serve as a stand alone dish, but also makes a perfect side for dishes like Easy Red Enchiladas, Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos, or Black Bean Tacos.

Black beans and rice in a skillet

classic beans and rice

Rice and beans, a classic comfort food combo in parts of Central and South America. In places like Nicaragua, they eat it as a part of every meal! It is one of the healthiest dishes you can eat. It’s rich in plant protein and fiber.

While there are many variations to this classic dish, it is always tasty! I included tomatoes in my version for extra flavor and a pop of acidity. It is easy to adjust the spice level as well, just add in an extra can of green chilies!

This is a perfectly hearty and filling dish that would make a great meatless Monday or really any day! It’s so warm and comforting. 

Ingredients for black beans and rice recipe

How to make black beans and rice

SAUTE. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is soft. Add the rice to the skillet and cook 3-5 minutes, until lightly golden.

SIMMER. Add the RoTel tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, and salt to the skillet and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 25 minutes.

SERVE. When the rice is cooked, stir in the black beans. Top with the chopped cilantro.

Cooking Mexican black beans and rice in a skillet

Tips + Variations

To increase the spice level, add in chopped jalapenos, diced green chilies, or increase the amount of cumin.

Make your own beans instead of canned beans to control the amount of sodium that is in the beans. Follow our instant pot black beans recipe here.

For a healthier version: 

  • Add in chopped bell peppers for more flavor and extra vitamins and minerals
  • Use brown rice for more fiber and more of a whole grain.
How to make black beans and rice in a skillet

How to Store

STORE the rice and beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave.

FREEZE leftover rice and beans for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight and then reheat in individual servings. It is smartest to freeze the beans and rice in sizes of 2 servings.

Black beans and rice topped with fresh cilantro

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Black Beans and Rice Recipe

This recipe for black beans and rice is full of flavor. It is comforting, delicious, and can easily be made vegan!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Kristyn Merkley
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¾ cup long grain white rice
  • 1 can RoTel tomatoes - 10 oz can
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans black beans - 15 oz can, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is soft. Add the rice to the skillet and cook 3-5 minutes, until lightly golden.
  • Add the RoTel tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, and salt to the skillet and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • When the rice is cooked, stir in the black beans. Top with the chopped cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg

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