Mexican Beans and Rice


This recipe was given to me by a friend a long time ago. What more can you ask for from a recipe? It’s yummy, healthy, cheap and fast. It’s vegetarian and can even be vegan if you forgo the cheese and sour cream garnishes.

Here’s what you’ll need:
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Mexican Beans and Rice
  • 2-3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 cups brown or white rice, cooked
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • sour cream, if desired
  1. Cook onion and garlic in oil in a large skillet until onion is soft.
  2. Add spices, beans and salsa. Cook several more minutes until it's all hot.
  3. Serve beans over rice. Top with cheese and sour cream, if desired.
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  1. Mmmmm! That looks tasty! I’ll have to give that one a try!

  2. ParentingPink says:

    Hi from SITS! This looks delish! Gonna have to try it 🙂

  3. Zen Ventures says:

    yum yum yum!!! I love Mexican food! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Visiting from SITS

  4. YUM! I think my husband will enjoy this!

  5. do you drain the red beans or use the liquid too?

    • MarathonMom says:

      I had the same question…Made it last night and drained the beans. It seemed too thick so I added a cup of water and it was perfect! Oh, and I added some jalapenos I chopped from a jar of sliced jalapenos. MMMMMMM!!!

      • Marathon I think I’ll try that..I probably could have add water lighten up the thickness..Jalapenos sounds good..mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thank you..Enjoy!!! Take care

    • drain the red beans. Its the salsa that gives you that Mexican taste..I like the Brown/white rice mixed together..I only use 2 cups of rice and cook it with the beans a Salsa..

  6. This finally made it on my meal plan! This is what’s for dinner at my house tonight. Super simple and I am sure it will be delish… as always. 🙂

    Here is my meal plan for more ideas:

  7. just stopping by to say we love this!

  8. Marsha Neu says:

    could you use black beans instead and have it still taste good?

  9. We REALLY like it with black beans!

  10. This is a great easy recipe that can be made as is or with some simple changes. I didn’t have the salsa so I used a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes and a can of chopped green chilies and upped the seasonings to taste. I also used two cans of black beans and brown rice. Thanks for the post!

  11. I mash the Beans up with a fork and then add them to the onions, I was taught this by a Mexican friend when I lived in London… also add a GRILLED Banana to it, sounds weird but is very nice… I also make a tomato chilli sauce to pour over the Beans…

  12. Colleen says:

    I make mine with ground turkey! Great idea to use salsa, I usually use diced tomatoes but would give much more flavor and also like the idea of sliced avacado~


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