Recipe: Beans & Rice {Rice & Beans}

Beans & Rice {Rice & Beans for you Dave Ramsey fans out there} is one of our favorite easy and inexpensive meals.  I actually chose it as one of our vacation dinners because I knew that I could fix it up quick, it would be inexpensive, and I could feed a lot of people (I think we fed 15 + leftovers by doubling the recipe).  Not only that, it was a huge hit!

Beans & Rice is a great year-round dish because it does not require heating up the oven.  I prefer to use dried black beans (although red beans are in the picture) that I allow to cook in the crockpot over night. { Freezer Cooking Tip: Cook up several pounds of dried beans in the crockpot, freeze them in 2 cup servings, and you have a healthier and less expensive version of canned beans ready to go.}  Canned beans are fine too, though.

One more thing, I call for crumbled sausage, but you can also use linked sausage (of whatever type you prefer), ground beef, shredded pork or chicken, or leave it as a vegetarian dish.  The biggest key to Beans & Rice is that you experiment until you get the taste you want.  I’m sorry to say that I always throw in a little of this and a little of that, so it’s never the exact same dish every time.

Beans & Rice

Use cooked dried beans or canned beans. Brown rice works just as well as white rice and is better for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 1 pounds sausage
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoons garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
  • 2-4 cups black beans
  • 1 cups barbeque sauce

Instructions

1. Cook rice according to package directions (1 1/2 cups is precooked amount).

2. Cook sausage in large stock pot, breaking up any big pieces as it cooks. Remove sausage to a paper towel lined plate and drain any grease.

3. Add a touch of oil back to the pot. Dice bell pepper and onion; add to oil with garlic and cook until translucent. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon.

4. Put sausage back into the pot. Add in cooked beans and rice until you get the amounts you want. Mix everything together.

5. Pour in barbecue sauce (homemade is best) and mix well. (Optional add-ins according to taste: hot sauce, flavored rice vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, more spices)

6. Serve in bowl and top with cheese & sour cream if allowed. You may want to serve hot sauce on the side for those who like things a little spicier.

This is the homemade barbecue sauce recipe that I always try to keep on hand, although I often substitute honey for the molasses.  It’s quick and much healthier than store-bought sauce.

Shared at Full Plate Thursday, Allergy-Friendly Friday, Better Mom Mondays, Fat Tuesday, Traditional Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, and “Keep It Real” Thursday.

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22 Responses to Recipe: Beans & Rice {Rice & Beans}

  1. Kristen says:

    We love rice and beans around here. It’s something we all like, even Lena. And healthy! (Your blog has taken on a new meaning to me….I’ve recently become dairy free. More on that later 🙂

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Beans and Rice are a real soul food here, we just love that combination. Your recipe looks delicious. Hope you have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Rogene says:

    We love rice and beans too! Now I’m hungry for them. Going to have to make some.

  4. christie says:

    Looks like a good recipe. The bbq sauce is a new twist to me!

    • Cook says:

      I’m not sure that I’ve ever made it the same way twice, but the bbq sauce is a constant. It adds that extra zip of flavor. I hope you like it!

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