Spicy black beans and rice

    45 min

    This is a fast, easy vegetarian supper.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 350ml (12 fl oz) water
    • 75g (3 oz) brown rice
    • 2 (400g) tins black beans, undrained
    • 2 green chillies, seeded and chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
    • 1 tablespoon chilli powder, or to taste
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 50g (2 oz) grated Cheddar cheese
    • 2 spring onions, chopped
    • handful black olives, pitted and sliced

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
    2. In a saucepan bring the water to the boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, pour beans into a 2 litre casserole. Sprinkle with chillies, cumin, chilli powder, salt and black pepper.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, spring onions and olives. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes more.
    5. Serve beans over cooked rice.


    Black turtle beans, or simply 'black beans' for short, are especially common in Latin American cuisine. High in fibre and packed with nutrients, they're a healthy addition to any dish. If you can't find tinned black beans, use dried.

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    Tried with dried black beans and found it quite dry but the flavours were good  -  17 Jan 2015


    I am a huge fan of EASY, fast, and nutritious meals -- and this is one of them! The only changes I made were to use bottled peppers like someone else mentioned in the reviews; eliminated the olives (just because I don't like them); and used Thai long grain rice (since I have a gigantic bag of the stuff). I don't like super hot meals, but this dish was a flavourful heat. I found myself adding a bit more jalapenos each time! Don't make the mistake I did at first though -- I drained the black beans. It was still good but it is oh so delicious on rice with more sauce! I make a pile of this stuff, and dole it out as a snack, sidedish, or main meal with salad. I also did what someone else suggested: sautee some onions and garlic and add it to the beans -- YUM!! Thanks for a quick recipe with minimum dishes to clean up afterwards!  -  03 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    After reading the reviews, I drained most of the liquid from the beans. The whole family enjoyed this and my son thought it was excellent. He rarely likes anything I cook. I did add a cubed cooked chicken breast to make my hubby happy. Next time will add some more chicken and my son asked to add more black olives next time too. Thank you Amy for a great recipe.  -  08 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)