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cheesy beans & rice

Recipe by
Amy H.
Detroit, MI

I'm always looking for delicious meatless dishes as we try to transition to a more plant based lifestyle. We had a bunch of leftover beans from the Vegetarian Mexican pizzas we made earlier in the week, and we had exactly 1 cup of rice left in the pantry so I came up with this. It was delicious! I've been told turmeric is a weird spice to use with Mexican food, but it's so good for you and the flavor goes really well with the cumin and chili powder if you ask me, so I keep using it. Anyhow, If you're vegan, just leave the cheese off or use a vegan cheese substitute!

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cheesy beans & rice

  • 1 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 oz
    onion, finely chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 sm
    bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped (use whatever color you prefer)
  • 1 can
    (4 oz.) diced green chilis, undrained
  • 1 can
    petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 c
    uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 c
    vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can
    (15 oz.) kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can
    (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c
    frozen corn
  • 1/4 c
    fresh, chopped cilantro
  • 1 c
    shredded cheese (whatever you like) we prefer colby-jack for this dish

How To Make cheesy beans & rice

  • 1
    In a deep iron skillet, heat olive oil. Saute onions and peppers until softened. Add garlic and cook another min.
  • 2
    Add rice and spices (not cilantro). Saute until browned and fragrant.
  • 3
    Add green chilis and tomatoes and vegetable broth to pan. Stir to combine.
  • 4
    Lower heat, cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes until rice is done.
  • 5
    When rice finishes cooking, add beans, corn and chopped fresh cilantro Stir to combine.
  • 6
    Add more salt & pepper and/or spices to taste if needed.
  • 7
    Topped with grated cheese and move to oven. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes or just until cheese is melted.