Easy Mexican Rice and Beans Recipe

We live in the Pacific Northwest, but you would have thought our whole family was born in the Southwest given our love for Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Mexican rice and beans is a constant combination in our home and shows up on our lunch and dinner table a few times per week. This easy Mexican rice and beans recipe that kids love is mild in flavor and a staple for weekday lunch that can be dressed up for dinner with chicken, beef, pork or fish. Wrap it in a tortilla or mix with fresh greens for a healthy protein packed meal. Let your kids pair bean with garnish or rice with a tortilla and create a taco or burrito bar for the next neighborhood bbq. Whatever you decide, make a double or triple batch of Mexican rice and beans to enjoy all week long.

Easy Mexican Rice and Beans

Author: Natural Maker Mom at Satsuma Designs
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Serves: 4
Easy Mexican rice and beans is a staple for weekday lunch that can be dressed up for dinner with chicken, beef, pork or fish. Wrap it in a tortilla or mix with fresh greens for a healthy protein packed meal.
Ingredients
  • Beans:
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion. chopped
  • 1 can pinto or black beans (low sodium), rinsed and drained
  • Garlic minced or garlic powder (1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 c vegetable, chicken stock or water
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Rice:
  • 1 c white rice
  • 1 c tomato puree (fresh or canned)
  • 1 c water
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • fresh or frozen corn (optional)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Garnishes:
  • Avocado
  • Corn chips
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tortillas
  • Tostada shell
  • Salad greens
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking rice in olive oil, tomato and water. Bring to a boil and simmer according to directions for 15 minutes.
  2. While rice is cooking...
  3. In another pot, cook chopped onion in olive oil.
  4. Add beans and seasoning and stir.
  5. Add stock or water and simmer for 5-10 minutes while rice is cooking.
  6. Season beans and rice with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with items listed above.
  7. Double the recipe to keep meals coming all week long.
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