The perfect recipe for those nights when you don't feel like cooking anything too complicated. Plus, a fantastic vegetarian option!Boxed Spanish rice is heavy in sodium and can’t be compared to the real thing! Making it at home is far healthier and, frankly far more delicous! Plus it takes the same amount of time to make!!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Spanish
Diet Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Keyword easy rice and beans recipe, Spanish rice and black beans, vegetarian Mexican rice and beans
Prep Time 2minutes
Cook Time 9minutes
Total Time 11minutes
2Cups 5 Minute White Riceeasy instant white rice
2CupsWateror as directed on the package of rice
½CupSalsa or 4 oz Medium heat and Chunky
1tablespoonButtersalted or unsalted
1 ½tablespoonOlive Oilextra virgin
1SmallRed Pepperor jarred roughly chopped
½teaspoon Red Pepper Flakescayenne pepper could be substituted
1teaspoonOnion Powderor garlic powder
16OZCanned Black Beans drained and rinsed
1CupTomato Sauceor marinara
4DashesHot Saucesuch as Franks Hot Sauce
Prepare the rice according to the package directions also adding in the salsa. The salsa flavors the rice nicely while steaming.
Prepare the sauce while the rice cooks.
In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoon olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the peppers, onions, cumin, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes and saute until soft or onions are translucent. About 3-4 minutes
Stir in the black beans, hot sauce, and tomato sauce and simmer for 3-5 minutes uncovered.
Add butter to the rice and fluff with a fork.
Add the fluffy salsa rice to the sauce pan along with a cup of cheddar cheese, stir until combined, and serve!
Feel free to increase the amount of cheese or hot sauce to your preference.