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black beans & rice

Black Beans and Rice is a great weeknight meal that is simple, wholesome and packed with flavor.

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It feels like ages ago that I made this, but I’m so glad to be sharing with you today because this tops my “one of the best easy dishes I’ve ever made and tasted” list. Really, it was super easy and this black bean mixture packs a punch. It’s got great flavor and it’s got the spicy kick you’re looking for. There is a bit of tang in there too. If you’re not ready for it, you may or may not give a funny face, but trust me — it makes a difference. Otherwise, this would just be another boring black beans and rice dish.

This recipe originated from my coworker, Jeff. He had it one day for lunch and let me try some. His wife and daughter were out of town so he decided to just throw this together one weekend and see how it turned out. When I had a taste of it, oh man, I knew I had to get the recipe. I knew Jason would love something simple but wholesome like this. Jeff said he didn’t really have a “recipe” since he literally just threw whatever he had in the pot that he thought would go well together and hoped for the best. He must’ve had his fingers crossed til his knuckles were white or something cause it turned out so stinkin’ good. He gave me an ingredient list and basic instructions and the rest was in my hands.

Trust me, y’all — you have to try this one for yourself. I know I say that a lot, but I truly believe in my dishes and do you really think I’d lie to you when it comes to food :)

This makes a lot and the leftovers are even better the next day. I seriously could’ve eaten this dish all week :) it didn’t last long though for Jason & I. We brought it for lunch and then had a little more later on in the week. I’m telling you — lots of leftovers! I brought a bowl in for Jeff to try and he said it turned out great :) I didn’t disappoint and ruin his creation!!

black beans & rice
Recipe type: Main Entree
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced (I had to use jarred jalapenos cause apparently grocery stores around me don't have fresh jalapenos -- yeah, seriously?, so if you're using it from a jar, grab 2 large fingerfuls of them and chop them up finely)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Any kind of rice
  1. In a large pot, saute onions, peppers, and garlic until the onions and peppers start to get soft. Then add in the bay leaf and cumin.
  2. Add in tomatoes, jalapenos, beans, and vinegar. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add water to cover your mixture.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the bean mixture starts to thicken.
  5. Prior to serving, discard bay leaf and add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over a bed of rice.



  1. 12/14/2011 at 9:45 am

    This sounds super tasty and I love the kick of the jalapenos (which you can hardly ever buy fresh here!). This is the kind of healthy, tasty food that I’m craving at the moment.

  2. 12/14/2011 at 11:21 am

    You have just combined all of my favorite foods into one dish.

    …I think I love you.

  3. 12/14/2011 at 11:39 am

    My hubby loves meals with a lot of leftovers. This sounds delicious!!

  4. 12/14/2011 at 3:13 pm

    Me and my husband are addicted to rice and beans! Especially with black beans. I MUST try your recipe. I’ll let you know how it goes :)

    • 12/14/2011 at 3:16 pm

      yes, definitely let me know :) i love feedback, and I’m pretty confident about this one. Enjoy :)

  5. 12/20/2011 at 9:51 am

    This looks and sounds amazing, Julie! It’s been raining and yuck lately, and a warm bowl of THIs is just what the doctor ordered! :)

  6. Julia
    01/25/2013 at 5:30 am

    Could I use black beans that aren’t canned? how should I cook them before making the dish?

    • 01/25/2013 at 7:29 am

      I would soak the beans overnight then follow the steps for everything else. The beans shouldn’t take long to cook if you soak them overnight so 40 minutes of simmering should be long enough.

  7. Adriana
    05/11/2015 at 8:35 am

    Looks Yummy and easy too! Thank you for posting it!


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