This Mexican Rice and Beans recipe is super quick and simple to make. In fact, you can whip this meal up in almost no time at all. You’ll have dinner for tonight while enjoying leftovers all week! In other words, this will become your favorite dish!
Why I Love Spanish Rice and Beans
The first job I ever had was working in the kitchen of a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. It was a great first job mainly because of all the great food that I got to sample.
First of all, there were just so many new things to try! Therefore, I never got tired of Mexican food in general while working there.
Consequently, the best dish that I ever had was the most basic. Hence, classic beans and rice was my go to dish because of its simplicity.
It never, ever let me down and I never got bored of it.
I have very fond memories of working late nights and sneak eating Mexican rice and beans in between serving tables. Thankfully, my boss never caught me!
Therefore, I have been trying to replicate this delicious meal ever since. Finally, I think I finally found something very close to that authentic mexican rice and beans from years ago with this recipe.
Mixing the Rice and Beans
So the first thing that I always use to do with my rice and beans was stir them together rather than keep them separate. The spices and tomato flavor of the rice are meant to be combined with the creamy, dense beans.
While creating this recipe, there was no way I was keeping those two apart! The beans are cooked in the salsa and seasonings and then mixed with the rice to create exactly what I was looking for in a very simple way. In addition, this also makes cooking the dish even easier because everything can go together in one pan.
Above all, anything that makes cooking easier is always a win in my book!
What Type of Rice Tastes Best?
So let’s talk about the rice for a little bit.
For instance, I usually stick to regular white rice because it is going to absorb a lot of the spices and other flavors from the dish. There really is no need to go too crazy with expensive or other hard to cook rice. Brown rice also works really well in this recipe and is considered to be healthier (which is always a nice little bonus).
But maybe you love basmati rice or wild rice is your favorite. Most importantly, whatever type of rice you really like (or maybe just whatever you have in your house!), just go for it!
Finally, don’t overthink it! You really can’t go wrong with most types of rice so don’t shy away from plain old white rice, it will do this recipe good.
Easy Mexican Rice and Beans Recipe
We have the rice, now on to the beans!
Furthermore, I tried to keep it simple with this recipe. Complicated is almost never an option for me.
For example, canned beans are probably the best way to go when making this dish.
First off, there is no soaking beans or extra cooking involved so you really save time.
Secondly, you just reach for your can opener, drain the juice, give the beans a quick rinse and you are ready to go.
Pinto beans are by far my personal favorite. Most noteworthy, these beans have been shown to have a strong link to lowering cholesterol levels. Also, the dietary fiber found in these beans helps prevent your blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after you eat a meal.
So not only does this Mexican rice and beans recipe taste good but it is healthy for you too.
While pinto beans are my personal preference, you can also try cannelloni beans or even black beans. Either one will work well in this recipe. In other words, don’t be afraid to experiment!
While black beans can be found in many Mexican dishes and you may think of them first, they will probably make your whole dish a slightly grayish color so just keep that in mind.
Mexican Beans and Rice with Salsa
Next comes the salsa and there lies the main ingredient that gives this recipe such a kick. Using premade tomato based salsa, whether it is out of a jar or made by you, is the key to making this recipe taste so great.
First of all, it’s super simple. Second of all, the tomatoes, peppers and delicious juices are already in there which means less work for you.
While using salsa as the base for the rice and beans recipe, you can also choose how spicy you would like your food. For instance, most jars state right on the front of the label if they are mild, medium or maybe even extra spicy.
Therefore, you can totally customize this beans and rice recipe to your preference. While I’m a big fan of spicy because it brings back those restaurant memories, I know many people are not. So choose the spice level that works best for your palate!
How to Make Mexican Rice and Beans
So now that we have covered the most important ingredients in this recipe… let’s start cooking!
1.) Add a little bit of olive oil and some fresh salsa to a medium-hot skillet.
2.) Start to sauté the salsa in the pan and cook until it is a little bit thick.
3.) Add in a few different spices from your spice organizer such as:
- chili powder
4.) Stir the spices around really well. Add beans into the paste and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes.
.5.) Add the cooked rice last and mix everything together until evenly combined.
Voila! Dinner is ready to be served.
By now, your house should smell like fragrant spices while your belly will be grumbling to eat!
While at the beginning of this recipe, I’m sure you were probably thinking….what’s so special about rice and beans?
I get it. It certainly doesn’t sound fancy or creative but sometimes the staples are what you really need. Mexican rice and beans has been a staple for me since working in that restaurant soooo many years ago. However, it still feels like yesterday.
This recipe has just stuck with me and it will stick with you too. It is easy, filling and tastes truly authentic while still being healthy and nutritious at the same time.
As a result, I don’t think I will ever grow tired of this recipe. So give this Mexican Rice and Beans recipe a try because I know you and your family will love it! My guess is you’ll probably end up making this dish all the time.
Mexican Rice and Beans Recipe Requirements
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*This recipe was previously published on Simple Green Moms. We’ve updated and expanded the post on 11/24/18 to make it even better for our readers!
Hope you enjoy! 🙂
Mexican Rice and Beans Recipe Requirements