Easy Black Beans & Rice

/, Dinner, Food, Vegetarian Meals/Easy Black Beans & Rice

Easy Black Beans & Rice

Healthy & Easy Black Beans and Rice is one of my favorite go-to vegetarian meals!

Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone!

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.

Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt

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!

Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt

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.

Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt

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!


Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt

Easy Black Beans & Rice

Julie Wunder
This healthy and easy Black Beans and Rice is a 15 meal!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 175 kcal


  • 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


Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 486mgPotassium: 737mgFiber: 11gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Black Beans and Rice, Easy Black Beans and Rice, Vegan Black Beans and Rice
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!


Like my Easy Black Beans and Rice? I’d love it if you could pin this to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you so much for the support. 

Vegan Easy Black Beans and Rice recipe - with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice / Running in a Skirt


Classic, Healthy & Easy Black Beans and Rice w/ Cilantro Lime Rice Click To Tweet

Want more healthy Mexican dishes?

Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

Crock Pot Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole recipe / Running in a Skirt

Crock Pot Mexican Quinoa Bake

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Tacos

Crock Pot Lentil Taco Recipe- Lentil Quinoa Tacos area meaty, hearty, plant based, tasty vegetarian taco / Running in a Skirt

Easy Black Beans and Rice

This 2013 Running in a Skirt recipe got a complete makeover in 2017!


Your turn!

What dish do you make without having to think about it?


I’m linking up my Easy Black Beans and Rice with: Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Rachel, Delicious Dish TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayFull Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

By | 2020-06-23T14:40:02-04:00 April 13th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Vegetarian Meals|46 Comments


  1. […] Shortcut Black Beans and Rice […]

  2. […] Use them in my Black Bean and Avocado Quesadilla or my Black Beans and Rice. […]

  3. […] 15 Minute Easy Black Beans and Rice | Running in a Skirt August 21, 2017 at 5:01 am – Reply […]

  4. Healthy Vegan Fridays #148 | April 21, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

    […] Easy Black Beans & Rice from Running in a Skirt: […]

  5. […] in a Skirt’s Easy Black Beans and Rice look so delicious! And a bonus is they are easy to make! This looks like a perfect side dish to […]

  6. Miz Helen April 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Your Black Beans and Rice look delicious, I just love this combination! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Sarah April 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious and I love all the flavors and textures you’ve added! I’ve been craving beans for the last few months, must get it from my daughter.

  8. My hubs would love this. I think this would also be good as a filler for tortillas!

  9. im all about simple easy dinner and this one fits the bill completely. it has all the essentials i need 🙂

  10. Annmarie April 17, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Can’t beat easy and healthy! Looks delicious!

  11. Black beans and rice is one of my go to meals on a busy day

  12. Kristy from Southern In Law April 17, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    This looks like the perfect lunch or dinner option! I’ll definitely have to give it a try soon!

  13. kimmythevegan April 16, 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Sounds super delicious! And so easy to make. I like the fire roasted tomatoes as it would give it some extra oomph in the flavour department. I like spending time in the kitchen and making fancy meals, but I just don’t have that much time for the most part, so this sounds perfect. It cuts down on time without sacrificing health of flavour. And paired with your cilantro rice? Yes, please!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m pinning & sharing!

  14. Patricia @Sweet and Strong April 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    You reminded me that I used to eat this ALL the time in college on that tight budget too! I love beans, but just don’t eat them as often probably because of my meat loving husband, lol.

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Oh I feel ya! Mine is a good sport about it, but I try to mix it up.

  15. Mary Beth Jackson April 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I have had many of black beans and rice times myself- great combo! Adding the tomato is a great idea and now some fresh cilantro! Yum!

  16. AlisonsAllspice April 13, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Black beans and rice are a great combo. I keep them on hand too for quick healthy meals like this, thanks!

  17. [email protected] April 13, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Sounds delicious and I pinned it for future reference, Julie!

  18. Emily April 13, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    When I was in Uganda, I learned just how DELICIOUS beans and rice can be; we had them every day for lunch, and it was just so simple and good.

  19. Carrie this fit chick April 13, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Anything simple and easy is perfect for me! Can’t go wrong with such a classic combo of beans and rice!

  20. Blane Sherer April 13, 2017 at 5:07 am - Reply

    It’s nice to have staples that you can adjust a bit here
    and there. This has served you well over the years ( smile ).


  22. Annette cocke March 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Just fixed the black beans and messed up the proportions of the seasonings but it’s still delicious anyway! Many thanks for a good and easy recipe.

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Glad you liked it!! It’s hard to mess up!

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      You can also use a pre-made Mexican seasoning blend too!

  23. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl March 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I love super easy recipes like this one. Thanks for the idea!!

  24. Stan Richardson March 24, 2013 at 4:17 am - Reply

    We had a Latino fastfood diner in South Florida that served BlackBeans and YellowRice with roasted Chicken with about 6 different sauces.Fried Plantains were on some orders plus your drink very good.

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Oh my! That makes me hungry just thinking about it. I adore plantains!

  25. Madeline St Onge March 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy Julie will try this. I can come do your shopping, make out a list for me and give me your address 😉

  26. Annette cocke March 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Sounds really delicious and easy! Can’t wait to fix it – I’ve just had foot surgery so I can’t walk right now but this weekend I’ll probably sit on a stool and fix it. I love black beans and tomatoes and the best part is that I have all the ingredients. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • JulieWunder March 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      oh no! I hope you foot heals– that sounds miserable!
      Yes– it’s a go to recipe!

  27. Cindy Frost March 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Wow, that is what I am fixing for dinner tonight also. My recipe calls for thyme and then squeezing fresh lime on the mixture right before serving. I love the idea of adding a can of diced tomatoes which isn’t in my recipe. (I think I’ll blend the two recipes.) Thanks for sharing.

    • JulieWunder March 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      YUM! Those additions sound great. The tomatoes add so much– I think– and really helps it be a well rounded meal!
      Let me know how yours turns out!

      • Cindy Frost March 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm - Reply

        The diced tomatoes added an additional layer of flavor and will become a regular addition to my recipe!
        I hope you continue to feel stronger every day!

        • JulieWunder March 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

          Thank you Cindy! The are really yummy in it and are an easy way to up the health content.

Leave A Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copycat Panera Strawberry Caprese Salad recipe-

5 Secrets to Break Out of Your Dinner Rut

Be inspired by my FREE e-mail series!

Thank you! Watch your inbox for the first part of the series.