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Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice is a one pot dinner made with just a few ingredients from your pantry. It's a delicious and easy dinner that's easy on the wallet too!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: budget meals, easy dinner, vegetarian
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small yellow onions diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 30 ounces black beans drained and rinsed


  • Add the olive oil to a large dutche oven over medium heat. Stir in the onions and the garlic. Season with the slat and pepper. Saute until the onions are transluncent, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in the chili powder and the cumin.
  • Add the water, cover and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice and reduce to a simmer. Return the cover to the pot. Cook until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the black beans and enjoy. Or top with additional ingredients like fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and corn.