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Black Beans & Rice

Updated on February 22, 2012

Costing only pennies per serving, most people know beans and rice make a delicious, cheap meal. However it's also a healthy meal containing 9 grams of fiber per serving (or a third of your daily fiber needs) and about 300 calories. Plus when eaten together, beans and rice form a complete protein.

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  • 1 can black beans.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 3/4 c. water.
  • 2 c. instant brown rice.
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • Salsa.
  • Sour cream.
  • Green onions.
  • Shredded cheese.


  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring ½ tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 2 bay leaves, and 1 3/4 cups of water to a rolling boil.
  2. While the water is heating, open a can of black beans. Pour into a colander and wash thoroughly. Pat dry with a paper towel. Lightly coat the bottom of a large skillet with extra virgin olive oil. Heat over medium.When the oil is hot, add the black beans. Sauté over medium until the skins crack and become slightly crisp. Stir occasionally.
  3. While the beans are cooking, add 2 cups of instant brown rice to the boiling water. Stir occasionally. Return to a boil and cover. Reduce heat for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove, stir, cover, and let stand for an additional 5-10 minutes. Stir and remove the bay leaves.
  4. Serve by layering rice, black beans, salsa, and shredded cheese (pepper jack or cheddar). Garnish with green onions and sour cream.

Most children and adults don't like beans because they are too "mushy." Sautéing them until slightly crisp gives the beans a "meaty" texture that is sure to please.

My favorite vegetarian resource

Easy Beans: Fast and Delicious Bean, Pea, and Lentil Recipes, Second Edition
Easy Beans: Fast and Delicious Bean, Pea, and Lentil Recipes, Second Edition

Like beans? Check out this bean cookbook. While not every recipe is vegetarian, the cookbook contains several delicious veggie friendly bean recipes. My favorite is the easy chili recipe made with three types of beans and zucchini.


What is your favorite way to eat black beans?

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    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      6 years ago

      I printed out this recipe to try tomorrow. Looks great!

    • PamelaU profile image


      6 years ago

      In my amazing chili (which is, I'm afraid, non-veggie).

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      6 years ago

      in black bean soup

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love black beans and rice with some cheddar cheese melted on top. Yum!

    • SmBizGuru LM profile image

      SmBizGuru LM 

      6 years ago

      I had no idea that when eaten together, beans and rice form a complete protein. I really enjoy beans & rice. I really wanna make this recipe now.

    • ChrissLJ profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: It's interesting how different parts of the country use ingredients in similar but different ways. This recipe is common in the Ozarks where I grew up. However last year I had to teach an elderly friend how to make beans and rice, as she had never heard of them being eaten together. (She lived in northern Missouri most of her life.)

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      6 years ago

      In Key West growing up, we frequently had black beans and rice along with picaddillo - a traditional Cuban meal. Haven't ever cooked them this way though. Sounds good.

    • ChrissLJ profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @hlkljgk: Mine, too. I'm also addicted to black beans and pita.

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      one of my favorite staples :)

    • JackieBlock profile image

      Jackie Block 

      7 years ago from SE Michigan

      Looks yummy. I love beans and rice as a meal or as a side dish. I sometimes make something similar, but with Kidney beans. I'll definitely give this a try.


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