Black Beans and Rice With Sausage - simple and delicious!
Cooking for the Family
As a mom of two small children, I find making dinner at times to be more than a chore. Cooking with "help" from the kids can be akin to attempting brain surgery with the aid of a mad orangutan. Seeing how even pre-children I didn't like to cook, creating a meal for the family has been a daunting task with which I have only recently begun to have some real success. This black beans and rice recipe is a favorite I've perfected over the past few years because it's quick, easy, and very flexible - if you don't have exactly the right ingredients on hand, there are many possible substitutions. Oh, and it is really, really delicious!
Prep and Cook Time
This is an extremely flexible recipe.
Instead of sausage, try...
- canned, cooked chicken chunks
- cubed ham
- summer sausage
- no meat - makes a good vegetarian or side dish
For a milder flavor...
- reduce or leave out the jalapeños
- reduce or leave out the jalapeño juice
What You'll Need
- Bush's Best Black Beans - 20-oz. can
- Eckrich Skinless Turkey Smoked Sausage, sliced - 1/2 13-oz. pkg.
- olive oil - 2 Tbsp
- white onion, chopped - 1/4 lg.
- garlic, minced - 2 Tbsp
- Worcestershire sauce - 1 Tbsp
- oregano - 2 tsp
- Lowry's season salt - sprinkled to taste
- black pepper, fresh ground - sprinkled to taste
- pickled jalapeños, chopped - 2 Tbsp
- jalapeño juice - 1/8 cup (strained from the jar of jalapeños)
- instant brown rice - 1 cup
- chicken bouillon - 1 cube
- water - 1 cup
Toppings and Garnish Ideas
All amounts are to taste.
- shredded cheese, any variety
- fresh, chopped cilantro
- fresh squeezed lime juice
- chopped avocado
- diced tomatoes
- sliced black olives
- sour cream
Sausage Slicing Tip
Slice sausage link longways before chopping. After chopping, you'll already have quarters, instead of halves.
Instructions for Beans
- Slice one link of the sausage. If I have time, I cut each slice into quarters. Chop onion.
- In a 2-quart pot, over medium-high heat, sauté in olive oil, garlic, onion, and sausage slices until onion begins to look clear-ish.
- Add beans and stir thoroughly. Reduce heat to medium low.
- Stir in Worcestershire sauce, oregano, season salt, pepper, jalapeños, and jalapeño juice.
- Taste beans and add seasoning, if necessary.
- Stirring frequently, bring beans to just boiling (no need to wait for a rolling boil.) Reduce heat to low and cover.
- Move onto the rice.
Instructions for Rice
You can just follow the directions on the box, but I do it slightly differently:
- Pour rice into 2-quart saucepan.
- Add water.
- Add bouillon.
- Cover and heat on high until boiling.
- Stir to mix bouillon into the rice.
- Reduce to medium-low, and simmer covered for five minutes.
- Turn off heat, and let sit for five minutes before fluffing and serving.
Tips for Rice
You can leave out the bouillon, and it doesn't make a huge difference in the flavor. In fact, you can use just about any rice, even leftover white rice from Chinese takeout the night before.
Black Beans and Rice with Sausage
- Turn heat off under beans.
- Serve bean and sausage mixture in bowls over rice.
- Add any of the above mentioned toppers and garnishes.*
* Each member of the family can put together their own bowl with whatever toppings they like, personalizing the dish.
Nutritional Information (without toppings)
|Serving size: approx. 1 1/2 cups|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 14 g||5%|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Fiber 10 g||40%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|Cholesterol 15 mg||5%|
|Sodium 319 mg||13%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|