Easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Since I can eat way more than my fair share of black bean rice, I like to double the recipe so we have leftovers for lunches. It works well in lunchboxes, or I like to make a quick burrito bowl with the addition of some lettuce, salsa, sour cream and cheese.

I found inspiration for this recipe on AllRecipes years ago, and I think it may be the first time I ever cooked with cumin. I was instantly sold! If you haven’t yet cooked with cumin, just trust me that it makes the dish. It’s definitely worth buying a jar if you don’t already have some. I always include it in my Mexican recipes now because I love its distinctive flavor, and it’s all thanks to these black beans and rice.

Easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe


  • 15 ounces canned seasoned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white rice I like medium grain
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed or minced


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 3 minutes, until onion is tender and starting to brown. Add garlic, and sauté one minute longer. Add uncooked rice, and stir and sauté 2 minutes.
  2. Add broth, salt, and cumin. Stir together, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Remove lid, stir in beans, and cover again. Turn off heat, and let stand for 3 minutes before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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