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Fast & Easy Dinner: Black Beans and Rice

Fast & Easy Dinner: Black Beans and Rice


Rice and beans are a delicious classic food combination. Chock full of vegetables, this recipe highlights the flavor of black beans. A pinch of cumin adds smokiness and a splash of red wine vinegar provides a tang. Serve the beans over your favorite type of rice for a hearty meal. To take a look at the recipe,

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Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice

Ingredients

2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups long-grain rice
1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 large green or red pepper, chopped (1 ½ cups)
2 medium cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)
2 15-ounce cans black beans, undrained
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup sliced scallions (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups of water with 1 teaspoon of the salt and 1 ½ teaspoons of the olive oil. Bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in the rice, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion, green or red pepper, and garlic until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, broth, vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper, cumin, and remaining salt. Cover and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes; remove the bay leaves.
  6. Spoon the beans over the rice and sprinkle with the scallions, if desired. Serve warm.

Serves 4-6.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: CALORIES 427(17% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 1g); PROTEIN 13mg; CALCIUM 73mg; SODIUM 1,289mg; FIBER 10g; CARBOHYDRATE 73g; IRON 5mg

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Join The Conversation
smistasan smistasan 7 years
Tried this out and I quite enjoyed it. If you're a black bean lover, this is comfort food in the making.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Love black beans, love all beans. Just made some in the crock pot and I add balsamic to my plate when served. A lot of cultures use cumin cause it's so yummy.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Love black beans, love all beans. Just made some in the crock pot and I add balsamic to my plate when served. A lot of cultures use cumin cause it's so yummy.
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
Why the cumin in every recipe that is hispanic(sort of)? The rest looks good, but I still prefer my style for rice and beans.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 7 years
not really a fan of black beans...
hebrew-hunny hebrew-hunny 7 years
Love black beans....but I prefer yellow rice.
kang kang 7 years
Even easier recipe. Two cans of black beans (drained) and one can of Ro-tel tomatoes. Heat together. If you want to spruce it up, just saute some garlic, cumin and whatever other seasoning you like in some olive oil before you add the beans and tomatoes.
kang kang 7 years
Even easier recipe. Two cans of black beans (drained) and one can of Ro-tel tomatoes. Heat together. If you want to spruce it up, just saute some garlic, cumin and whatever other seasoning you like in some olive oil before you add the beans and tomatoes.
javsmav javsmav 7 years
This looks delicious.
javsmav javsmav 7 years
This looks delicious.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
No thanks.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
No thanks.
ALSW ALSW 7 years
Yum!
ALSW ALSW 7 years
Yum!
emalove emalove 7 years
This looks delicious! And super-easy. I love black beans.
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