This meal has been my go-to quick recipe for over 10 years

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I make a lot of new recipes.  We rarely repeat meals, because I’m always trying to create new recipes to share with you.

That said, there are a few go-to meals that are so well liked and so easy that they get repeated with some frequency.

Mexican Beans and Rice is one of these.

A friend gave me this recipe over 10 years ago.  I have no idea how many times we’ve had it since then.  It takes common, pantry ingredients that I almost always have on hand.  It’s cheap, nutritious and can be made in just 15 minutes.

I wrote the post with the recipe about a month after starting this blog.  The photos were pretty bad, so I shot new ones a few years ago.

And there are near endless substitutions and additions you can make, depending on what you’ve got on hand:

  • Use black beans or pinto beans instead of kidney beans, or use a combination of beans.
  • Use brown rice or instant brown rice instead of white (I like the flavor of brown better, but I’m always in a huge hurry when I make this so I stick with Jasmine rice, which cooks quickly.)
  • Add cooked ground beef or cooked chicken for added protein.
  • Top with cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Serve with guacamole or avocado slices.
  • Use a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies if you don’t have any salsa.
  • Serve in tortillas instead of over rice.
  • Cook the rice in chicken broth for extra flavor.

If you haven’t tried this one, I encourage you to make it soon.  It’s a great recipe to add to your arsenal of easy, weeknight meals.

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  1. Alicia Bailey says:

    Next time you make this instead of kidney beans (yuck) use small red beans or black beans, I guarantee you it will taste better! I can my own dry beans. We eat them at least 2-3 times a week. We always have some sort of meat, beans, rice, queso fresco (yum), and corn tortillas. If you can find el milagro brand they’re the best! My significant other is from Honduras, and he has eaten food like this every day, 3 times a day, most of his life. Here’s the healthiest person I know. I cheat and use Vigo saffron rice, I make extra, so I usually have cooked rice in the fridge. Perfect meatless meal too- I usually don’t eat the meat.

    • Thanks for the tips. I have made it with red beans and black beans. We like it no matter what type bean I use, even kidney beans 😉

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