Black Beans and Rice can be served as a main dish or a side dish. Lightly seasoned with cumin, chili powder and lime juice makes this delicious and easy.
We love rice at our house and it is a frequent side dish. This Mexican Rice is a favorite with any Mexican dish as well as this Lime Cilantro Rice. Rice Pilaf has been a family favorite for decades and probably my most frequently made rice dish.
Easy Rice Dish
Black Beans and Rice works perfectly as a side dish to any favorite Mexican main dish but thanks to the black beans and their protein, it can stand alone as a main dish. It is also meat free so if you use vegetable broth it is vegetarian. Wrap it in a tortilla for a black bean and rice taco. I love a dish that has so much personality and versatility!
How to Cook Rice
I use long grain jasmine or basmati rice. In medium size pan, heat the oil and add in onion and garlic. Saute until onion is soft. Add in rice and saute for 2-3 minutes. Pour in chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and turn down the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
How to Cook Black Beans
The easiest way to cook black beans is in the Instant Pot. Check out the directions here.
If you prefer, you can use canned black beans. Be sure to rinse and drain the beans. You will need 3 cups which is 2 15 oz. cans.
How to Make Black Beans and Rice
Combine rice, black beans, cumin, chili powder and lime juice. Stir to combine. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
Beans and Rice Add Ins
Add in some:
- Chopped Tomato
- Jalapeno Peppers or Green Pepper
Favorite dishes to serve Black Beans and Rice with:
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Black Beans and Rice Recipe
Black Beans and Rice
- 1/2 cup onion chopped
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup rice basmati or jasmin
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 3 cups black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 lime juice
- In a medium pot, heat oil and add onion and garlic. Saute until onion is soft, 4-5 minutes.
- Add in rice and stir. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Add in broth and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is done.
- Add the seasoning and black beans.
- Serve warm or room temperature.