Red Beans & Brown Rice
Nutritionally, this may be the perfect meal, with fiber from the beans and anti-aging compounds from the peppers. For a spicy kick, replace some of the bell peppers with jalapeno peppers. - Jenny Jones
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/2 cup diced celery (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups diced bell peppers (I mix red, green & orange or yellow)
- 3/4 cup brown rice
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or water
- 1 15-ounce can red or kidney beans, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste
- In a large skillet over medium-hi heat, sauté onion & garlic in oil for 2 minutes until soft.
- Add celery and peppers and sauté 2 minutes.
- Add dry rice and sauté 2 minutes.
- Add stock and beans and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let stand at least 10 minutes.
- Stir in salt and pepper.
Note: You can make this recipe using white rice (I use Uncle Ben's Converted Rice) and reduce the cooking time from 45 to 20 minutes.
Great recipe. Needs one more protein, more garlic and onion
Great recipe! I used white rice for speediness, added a yellow pepper, garlic and red onion! I did add cumin a a little chili powder, delicious!
Thank you Jenny!
I prepared the recipe tonight, liked it a lot! Thank you
I love your recipes thanks
Thanks for the beans and rice I will try it I love your recipes
This was a simple weeknight meal that was delicious! I added andoulle sausage which gave plenty ofheat for us! I also simmered the beans & meat with a bay leaf for extra flavor.
Great recipe , will make this again!
Will you please give the nutritional information for this recipe? I am a diabetic and that information is very important to people like myself.
Will you please give the nutritional information for this recipe? I am a diabetic and that information is very important to people like me.
I’m sorry, this is just my home cooking and I do not have that information.
You can plug almost any recipe on the web into this website and get that information. I have used it many time in the past when I was training and needed to log my food.
Making this recipe tonight and adding chicken adouille, thanks Jenny!
It is 100 % whole grain and GMO Free. It was purchased at Fresh Market. We don’t have a Whiole Foods here,
I used Wellsley Farms Organic Long Grain Brown Rice
You could check the cooking time on this rice but as far as I know all long grain brown rice requires 40-45 minutes plus 10 minutes rest. Please check to make sure you follow the recipe exactly, using 3/4 cup of rice and the proper amount of liquid and cooking time. There is no reason for the rice to be hard.
Thanks for all of your great recipes. Is there any way that I can make the brown rice more soft and tender in the red beans and brown rice recipe. The recipe result was good but the rice was somewhat hard and pebble like
not soft and I did not know how to make it absorb more liquid to soften the rice. Any suggestions. Thanks.
Brown rice is definitely more chewy than white but it should not be hard and pebble like. I just made this dish last week and I always use long grain brown rice. What kind of rice did you use?
This recipe is the best! Thank you. My whole family loves it and it is very healthy!
I cooked dried beans separately beforehand and subbed unsalted vegetable stock. Still tastes great and cuts the sodium way back
Where did u find unsalted stock i could only find less sodium ones
Campbell’s No Salt Added Beef, Chicken, Vegetable Stock. Available at most groceries.
Some days, when I feel like cooking, I load my oven with rice (all types of brown or white, also wild), different types of beans, wheat, barley, or any other grain. Basically, 1 cup dry to 2 cups boiling liquid plus any salt you may wish to use. Rice takes 1 hour in a 350 F. degree oven, other grains may take more and require additional liquid (hot). COOK COVERED. When done, let cool and use right away or freeze in freezer bags or containers for future use. I keep these cooked grains for any dish I want to prepare when I don’t want to do much cooking. It really pays in time-saving and these items can last a long time without losing flavor.
I would like to use not pre cooked beans. Can I just replace the canned beans with the raw beans or would I need to cook them separately?
You would cook the beans separately. They need more liquid than this recipe provides and also they would need more time to cook than this recipe.
I would prefer it if most recipes would use “made from scratch” ingredients such as beans!
Hi Jenny. It’s snowing/raining like mad here in Nova Scotia this February Sunday. My family is making your rib recipe for supper yum! I like to make rice ,beans and corn to accompany. I soften chopped onions for a few minutes in frying pan (no stick) with a bit of canola oil,add a good spoonful of whole cumin, stir add drained kidney beans and peaches and cream corn kernels to heat through. Meanwhile, I have cooked basmati rice separately then add it to the bean mixture. A good grind of black pepper and you’re good to go. We enjoy all your recipes. Keep posting! Regards from Canada