Spicy Rice

mexican rice and beans

Mexican Rice & Beans

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup diced red onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups brown rice, uncooked
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (Ro-tel)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Rinse rice in a strainer under cold running water for 30 seconds, swirling the rice around with your hand. Drain, and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, and cook until soft and translucent. Add garlic, and cook one minute, stirring frequently so garlic doesn’t burn.

Pour in water, rice, tomatoes and chilies, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 45-55 minutes or until rice is tender and nearly all of the liquid is absorbed. Add beans, and stir well. Cook another 8-10 minutes. Add parsley, and serve.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe is fairly spicy, so to cut down on the “heat,” reduce cayenne pepper to 1/8 teaspoon or elmininate it completely.
  • Add avocado slices as a garnish.

Comments

  1. I made this a few days ago, it was great! Thanks for sharing the recipes! I’m planning on making date honey soon.

  2. Thanks for your comment, and you’re welcome for the recipes. I’m glad they are helping. YES, you definitely need to try the date honey. It’s yummy! 😉

  3. Darlonda Benjamin says:

    I thought I bought black beans, is there a substitution? I am on day one of the Daniel fast…

    • It will change the taste, but you can certainly use another type of bean. I think I’d recommend pinto beans or possibly kidney beans for a substitution.

  4. I made this Tuesday night and it turned out great! My hubby added salsa on his and it was a big hit!! Thank you so much for all these recipes! I’m making the red bean & rice tonight.

  5. Kimberly Corbitt says:

    Great !

  6. What can I substitute for the cayenne pepper as I am allergic to it? Thank you.

  7. Toya Lees says:

    I did not realize that rice and flour can be used in this fast

    • Yes, whole grains are allowed on the fast. You may find some variations online (some may not eat grains); however, most people include them. Be sure that you only use 100% whole grain flour. Also, white rice is not allowed, nor is white flour (because it has been processed and stripped of its nutrients). Refer to my Food Guidelines page for additional help.

  8. Lyn Vigna says:

    Just wanted you to know sucessfully finished my fast weeks ago and loved all of our recipes, but this one by far was my favorite! Since today is cinco de mayo I am using it again and I’m not on the fast;) Thanks for all that you do for the kingdom!

  9. Can quick-cook brown rice be used?

  10. My whole family enjoyed this recipe a lot! I substituted a can of 15 oz. can of tomato sauce for the tomatoes and left the pepper out. Thank you for your recipes! I plan to use this one on a regular basis!
    Blessings, Sarah

  11. Going to make this tonight. I thought the citric acid that is in Rotel was not allowed by the fast guidelines.

    • Great! I hope you like it. On the Daniel Fast you should avoid additives, chemicals, and preservatives as much as possible. However, there are some ingredients in canned foods that are considered “natural” preservatives. Examples are salt, lemon juice, ascorbic acid, and citric acid.

  12. I am confused on citric acid being permissible that is found in the can. Looking forward to trying this tomorrow.

    • Hi, Robin. n the Daniel Fast you should avoid additives, chemicals, and preservatives as much as possible. However, there are some ingredients in canned foods that are considered “natural” preservatives. Examples are salt, lemon juice, ascorbic acid, and citric acid. I hope you like the recipe!