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Black Beans and Rice

Black beans and rice is a common staple among Hispanic culture because it is hearty, nutritious and easy on your budget. This recipe adds fresh peppers and scallions for an extra kick in every bite.

Real Simple FEBRUARY 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Other: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 large green or red pepper, chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions (optional)

Preparation

In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups of water with 1 teaspoon of the salt and 1 ½ teaspoons of the olive oil. Bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

In a large saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion, green or red pepper, and garlic until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, broth, vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper, cumin, and remaining salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes; remove the bay leaves. Spoon the beans over the rice and sprinkle with the scallions, if desired. Serve warm.

Tip: For a quick black bean soup, follow this recipe. Then remove the bay leaves and process the mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Instead of serving it with rice, spoon a dollop of sour cream onto each serving and sprinkle with sliced scallions.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 73mg
  • Calories: 427
  • Calories from fat: 17%
  • Carbohydrate: 73g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Protein: 13mg
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 1,289mg
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