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
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
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Cuban black beans and rice are 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. This is a basic, quick and easy vegetarian recipe for black beans and rice, spiced with peppers and hot sauce, but you can add any of your favorite seasonings to these Cuban black beans.

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. 

Recipe courtesy of Bush's® Beans.

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What You'll Need

  • 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)

How to Make It

In large skillet heat olive oil. Cook onion and green pepper until crisp tender; stir in tomatoes, beans, thyme and garlic salt, cook 3 minutes. Add vinegar, pepper sauce, and reserved juices and continue to cook 5 minutes.

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

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
652 Calories
7g Fat
121g Carbs
29g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)