Basic Vegetarian Black Beans and Rice

Black beans and rice with veggies

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
652 Calories
7g Fat
121g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 652
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 121g 44%
Dietary Fiber 25g 88%
Protein 29g
Calcium 221mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cuban black beans and rice is a healthy, high-protein, quick and easy vegetarian and vegan meal. Popular in the Caribbean and in Cuban cuisine, black beans and rice can also be a staple of your vegetarian diet. Add any of your favorite seasonings to this basic vegetarian recipe for black beans and rice, spiced with peppers and hot sauce.

If you've got leftover rice on hand, cooking up the beans takes literally just five minutes so you can have a healthy vegetarian entree or side dish ready to go super fast. 

This recipe appears on the website of Bush's® Beans, reprinted with permission.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cups onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained, with liquid reserved
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cups cooked or leftover white or brown rice
  • lime wedge (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil.

  2. Cook onion and green pepper until crisp-tender.

  3. Stir in tomatoes, beans, thyme, and garlic salt. Cook 3 minutes.

  4. Add vinegar, pepper sauce, and reserved juices, and continue to cook 5 minutes.

  5. Serve black beans over rice. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).