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black beans & rice

black beans & rice

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

black beans & rice

Black Beans and Rice is a great weeknight meal that is simple, wholesome and packed with flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 large onion,, diced
  • 1 red pepper,, diced
  • 1 green pepper,, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2: 15 ounce cans of black beans,, drained and rinsed well
  • 1: 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes,, drained
  • 1 jalapeno,, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper,, to taste
  • Any kind of rice
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  • 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.
  • Add in tomatoes, jalapenos, beans, and vinegar. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add water to cover your mixture.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the bean mixture starts to thicken.
  • Prior to serving, discard bay leaf and add salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve over a bed of rice.


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Monday 11th of May 2015

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


Friday 25th of January 2013

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


Friday 25th of January 2013

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.


Tuesday 20th of December 2011

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! :)

Krissy @ Krissy's Creaions

Wednesday 14th of December 2011

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 :)


Wednesday 14th of December 2011

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

Cassie @ Bake Your Day

Wednesday 14th of December 2011

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