Beef and Black Beans with Rice

Ground Beef With Black Beans and Rice

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1148 Calories
16g Fat
198g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 676mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 198g 72%
Dietary Fiber 26g 91%
Protein 53g
Calcium 286mg 22%
*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.)

Ground beef and black beans team up in this easy everyday meal. The beef and beans are seasoned with chili powder, tomatoes, and garlic, along with onions and peppers. Serve this dish with hot cooked rice or quinoa, and top it off with freshly chopped cilantro, slices of avocado and tomato. Ground turkey may be used in the recipe for a leaner bean mixture.

Feel free to turn up the heat with a few tablespoons of chopped jalapeño peppers or minced serrano pepper. A dash of cumin would add to the flavor as well.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cooked or canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • Optional: cilantro, freshly chopped
  • Optional: avocado, sliced
  • Optional: tomato, sliced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onions and cook, stirring frequently until the beef is no longer pink. Add the bell peppers and garlic and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, mustard, chili powder, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper with a small amount of tomato sauce; whisk until thoroughly blended. Stir in the remaining tomato sauce and then add the sauce mixture to the ground beef in the skillet. Add the drained black beans and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed.

  4. Serve the ground beef and beans with hot cooked rice. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and avocado or tomato wedges, if desired.