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Spanish Rice and Beans Recipe

It is really easy to prepare Spanish rice and beans at home, if you know the right methods. Here are some recipes for the same.
Sonia Nair
Rice and beans are among the integral ingredients in some of the popular Spanish food recipes. In fact, the popular Spanish dish called Paella is made of rice, in combination with seafood, chicken or vegetables. Spanish rice and beans is one of the much-loved rice dishes of this region. Nowadays, this rice dish is offered by some restaurants that serve Spanish food. This dish can be prepared at home too.
How to Make Spanish Rice and Beans
There is a wide range of Spanish rice recipes, for you to choose from. If you want a really easy one, then, you need Spanish rice mix, black beans and some salsa. All you have to do is to prepare the rice as per the instructions on the package and mix it with cooked beans and salsa. For a single package (4 ounces) of Spanish rice mix, you require ¼ cup of salsa and 15 ounces of beans.
Recipe 1
  • White rice (preferably Goya rice) - 450 grams
  • Pink beans - 1 can
  • Pepperoni - 225 grams
  • Tomato sauce (Hunt's) - 1½ can
  • Chopped pepper - 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped garlic - 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped onions - 1 tablespoon
  • Ground black pepper - ½ teaspoon
  • Salt - 1 tablespoon (½ + ½)
  • Cooking oil - ¼ cup
  • Water - 2 quarts
Preparation Method
Start with cooking the beans in a pan, along with chopped pepper, onion, garlic and pepperoni. Add ground black pepper, salt (½ tablespoon) and a cup of water to the beans and cook it over medium heat for around ten to twelve minutes. After that, add tomato sauce and another cup of water and cook further for at least fifteen minutes. Take a cooking pot and boil two quarts of water in it. You have to add the remaining half teaspoon salt and oil into the boiling water. Now, rinse the rice and put it in the pot with boiling water. Keep the pot covered and cook till there is no traces of water in the pot. Now, you can serve your Spanish rice and beans.
Recipe 2
  • White rice (may use Basmati rice) - ¾ cup
  • Chicken broth - 1¼ cups
  • Cooked beans (black, pinto or kidney beans) - 1 cup
  • Ground beef - 450 grams
  • Butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Large onions (diced) - 2 large
  • Frozen corn - ½ cup
  • Frozen peas - ½ cup
  • Tomatoes (diced) - 2 large
  • Green bell pepper (diced) - 1
  • Chopped fresh cilantro - 1 tablespoon
  • Shredded cheddar cheese - 150 grams
  • Turmeric - ½ teaspoon
  • Chili pepper - 1½ teaspoon
  • Ground cumin - 2 teaspoons
  • Lemon pepper - ¼ teaspoon
  • Ground black pepper - 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - as per taste
How to Prepare
First of all, rinse the rice and keep aside. Place a saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter. Add some diced onion (of half an onion) and fry it for a few minutes. As the onion turns pink, add the rice and stir them for another minute. Once done, add the chicken broth and turmeric and stir them well. As the mixture boils, cover the pan and cook for around 20 to 25 minutes (over medium heat) or till the rice gets cooked. Meanwhile, you have to prepare the beans. Place a skillet over medium heat and brown the ground beef, along with the remaining diced onions.
Once done, add the other ingredients, like bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, peas, cumin powder, chili powder, lemon pepper, ground black pepper and sugar. Cook for a few minutes. Remove a small amount of juice from the meat mixture and use it for coating the bottom of a baking dish. You may also use some butter for this purpose. Now, mix the cooked rice, meat mixture, beans and chopped cilantro in a large bowl. Add required amount of salt and combine well, before transferring the mixture to the baking dish. Spread the shredded cheese over the rice mixture and bake it for around half an hour in the oven that is preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you find this dish delectable, you may try other recipes too. This is one of those Spanish rice dishes that can be prepared in different variations. Spanish rice calories may also vary with the ingredients in different recipes. So, why wait? Gather the required ingredients and try these recipes.