4 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup rice, 1/2 cup bean mixture, and 1 tablespoon cheese)

"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

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.

Ratings & Reviews

neensbeans's Review

March 05, 2014
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.

Lotamarie's Review

June 18, 2013
Excellent! My husband loved the black bean recipe! He added the cheese, but for me no cheese.

veryslowcook's Review

January 22, 2012
Easy and enjoyable. I'd make it again when I want an easy weeknight meal.

Shgoodwin's Review

January 07, 2011
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 :)

lgoessling's Review

February 03, 2010
we love this one. sort of like a naked burrito. easy, CHEAP, and yum.

cpalma's Review

August 27, 2009
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.

nolamom's Review

July 07, 2009
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!

csaunders80's Review

February 04, 2009
Great flavor and very easy. I didn't have any rice so I just served the beans as a side dish along with fajitas made with leftover Simply Pork. Very good quick meal.

egret23's Review

November 29, 2008
My husband and I really enjoyed this dish! I would definitely make it again.