Black Beans and Brown Rice

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Black Beans and Brown Rice

This recipe for black beans and brown rice is full of flavor. It is comforting and delicious.

One of the significant benefits of rice and beans is their high protein content. Additionally, they contain healthy fat and fiber which can help to boost metabolism and aid in digestion.

This is not a spicy dish, it is simply full of comforting flavors. Of course, you can make it spicy by adding extra red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

This dish is hearty enough to serve as a stand alone dish, but also makes a perfect side.

Black Beans and Brown Rice

A healthy rice and bean dish that is easy to make. It's also versatile and can be added to tacos, burrito bowls, and more.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 5


  • 1 medium yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sea salt (or to taste)
  • teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Add olive oil into a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and sauté about 3 – 4 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the rice, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine and coat the rice with oil.
  • Stir in the tomato paste. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add water and black beans. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer for about 40 minutes, until rice is tender.
  • Remove from heat and add cilantro. Stir to combine.
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