This has been a go to recipe for me ever since discovering it in 2000! Don't know why it was so dry for one of the reviewers. I never use the sherry and it tastes good anyway (although I am sure sherry would be great with it). Makes a nice, big batch! My 5 year old loves it--great recipe for penny pinching and/or eco lovin' folks:)
This is indeed a good solid recipe. Although it's not spicy, the thyme adds a nice, unusual flavor to the black beans and rice. I enjoy making a large batch on Sunday and then eating it throughout the week for lunch.
Where is the "spicy?" This was a very bland tasting recipe, considering "spicy" is in the title. It was simple to make and didn't taste bad or anythihng--but there is absolutely no spiciness to it. When I make it again, I will add some crushed red pepper or cayenne--something to truly make it spicy!