"This is a variation on a black bean dish my husband liked in Guatemala. I have come up with several different variations, but this one is both easy and delicious." -Joann Hoye, Raleigh, NC
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup hot cooked long-grain rice
1/4 cup (1 ounce) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
How to Make It
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add water and next 7 ingredients (through beans); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Place 1/4 cup rice on each of 4 plates; top with 1/2 cup bean mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese.
This is one of my go-to sides - so easy to make, you usually have everything already (or can sub in what you have, like I did today - used some roasted red pepper and jalapeno instead of the fresh red pepper). I usually don't drain and rinse my beans, but let them cook down a little more (and use less water). Increases the sodium level, but better flavor. I up the cumin to taste, and if I have time, let it simmer and thicken.
I was looking for a dirty rice recipe and came across this one. I added some left over grilled chicken and mixed the rice with the beans once they were done. Added some fresh tomatos and some frozen corn. Topped it off with the cheese. Delish! Great comfort food :)
This had great flavor. I did not have red pepper and did not substitute. Even so this was really good. Also forgot to put the cheese on but we did not miss it at all. The beans have great flavor. I will definitely make again.
Finally! I have been searching for a black bean recipe forever with no success...until now. This is EXACTLY what I wanted. The best part is, it can be served without rice just as a side or with brown rice as a heartier complement. And...I forgot completely to add the cheese but didn't even miss it. A part of my permanent collection from now on!