Healthy & Easy Black Beans and Rice is one of my favorite go-to vegetarian meals!
This is another one of my favorite recipes that I make on repeat, much like my Crock Pot Enchilada Stack. It’s the recipe I make when I just want to eat something good and don’t want to actually think about. The one I’ve been making for so long that I don’t need a recipe and always keep the stuff on hand. I know we all have these recipes. They are usually our best recipes because we’ve tweaked them to perfection.
This is my healthy and easy Black Beans and Rice. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a tried and true Wunder household favorite.
I started to make this when I was just out of college, living on my own and working in small market TV. Small market TV isn’t the most glamorous career choice and I was living on a very, very limited budget.
Many weeks I make a huge batch and eat off of it all week. As I learned more about food and cooking, I added and took out things to morph it into what it is today. But this easy Black Beans and Rice recipe is one that has been with me for a long time.
I’d dare say after making hundreds of times, it’s just about perfect!
Even though I feel lifetimes away from that young girl, I still like keeping the ingredients for this in the pantry and fridge. It’s so nice to always have a comforting, healthy meal to fall back on when I don’t have much time or energy to think.
The savory black beans are combined with fresh pepper and onions and canned tomatoes. It’s a short cut that allow you to get this on the table fast. You can always use a package of Mexican rice (I used to!) but these days I like to know what’s my food so I make my own brown rice with cilantro and lime. Make this with Tuesday’s Cilantro Lime Brown Rice recipe. Just the right amount of freshness to make this dish feel special without much effort at all.
My healthy and easy Black Beans and Rice can be thrown together in less than 15 minutes and is a well balanced meal for anyone but especially vegetarians and vegans. It’s also very budget friendly and tastes delicious! You can adjust the spices to your personal taste. I kept the recipe pretty mild though, because this is the amount of heat the Hubs tolerates!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 1 sweet onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 15 oz cans black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted garlic diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4-1/2+ teaspoon cayenne or chipotle pepper
- salt to taste start with 1/4 teaspoon
- pepper to taste start with 1/4 teaspoon
- 1 recipe Cilantro Lime Brown Rice ***
- In a large pan with a lid over medium heat, saute the peppers and onions in the olive oil for about five minutes or until starting to turn tender.
- Reduce pan to medium-low heat and add the garlic and continue to saute for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Do not allow the garlic to burn.
- Add the beans, tomato and spices to the pan. Cover and allow the beans to simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
- If you have additional time you can allow the beans to simmer for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to build more flavor.
- Serve the bean mixture over a bed of rice and enjoy!
To adjust the spice level add more or less cayenne or chipotle pepper. If you can't handle any spice leave it out. With a 1/4 teaspoon it is still very mild!
*** Get my recipe for 3 Ingredient Cilantro Lime Brown Rice HERE
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