Recipe of the Week: Beans and Rice

DSCN2709I know this seems like a simple thing to share for the weekly recipe, but this is a meal that we thoroughly enjoy, and, as I talked about in an earlier post, it’s delicious and dirt cheap.  It’s also extremely versatile in regards to seasonings, etc. For this recipe, I’m not going to give you portion amounts so much as I will seasoning tips.

Beans

For the beans, there are a few options: you can use canned ($1.38 for generic large can) or make homemade pinto beans according to directions.  Black beans also work well, home-cooked or canned, but we prefer the pinto beans.

Rice

We use a par-boiled rice, but any white or brown rice, prepared, will do.  A 25-pound bag of par-boiled rice at our big-box club costs roughly $10.

Seasonings

The choices are endless:

Chili powder

Cumin

Garlic powder (or pressed garlic cloves)

Cilantro

Salt

Pepper

Bacon or Hamburger (increases cost, obviously)

Ancho Chili Powder

Tomatoes

Jalapeno or Habanero peppers

Lime or Lemon

Green pepper

Onion

The list goes on and on.  For the fresh stuff like the peppers and the onion, we like to saute’ them before adding.

Then there’s the garnishes:

Sour Cream

Salsa

Pico De Gallo

Hot Sauce

Guacamole

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Cilantro

Try this simple meal at home and enjoy the flavor and richness of the simple things in life.  Let us know, too, if you have any other seasoning tips for simple meals like beans and rice.

26 comments

  1. Pauline says:

    Thank you for linking to my guacamole recipe Laurie! That looks really good, I mess up with the rice cooking every time, there is no way it comes out well but I keep trying.

  2. Debt Blag says:

    Awesome. I’m a huge fan of this dish — though I prefer black to pinto. I think that people really underestimate what adding lime does to this dish 🙂

    You want to know a fun coincidence? In my informational interview that I just posted about, I had ordered a side of rice and beans (with a side of fried yucca) in order to keep my half of the costs down :/

    • Laurie says:

      LOL, Mario, that is HILARIOUS!!! I know what you’ll always think of now when you order rice and beans the informational interview from hell. 🙂

  3. Matt Becker says:

    I just made some black beans and rice last night and some salsa. I don’t usually cook, but I’m on my own this week so I’ve had to find some easy things to make. Both were really easy, and delicious, though I made way too much salsa. Hopefully we can find some use for it before it goes bad!

  4. I LOVE beans and rice. Seriously I could eat Mexican inspired food every night. Some people think beans and rice are what you eat when you’re broke, but it’s one of my favorite meals. Yum! Off to see if bf has some rice in the cooker…

    • Laurie says:

      Alexis, that sounds delicious!!! I would’ve not thought about that. What did he season the rice with? Maybe this could be a post for you?

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