making rice and beans more exciting

United States
January 17, 2007 5:21pm CST
Who can tell me how to add black beans to white rice with some zest? I'm making it as a side dish to my tacos. I have done the Zaterain black bean and rice, but I can't think of other spices that are in it.
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@MsRetro (250)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I cook black beans and rice about once a week, and it's never the same. I usually start with drained and rinsed canned beans, and add any of the following: - tomatoes - peppers (either hot or sweet) - green taco sauce - brown sugar (just a little!) - sherry - cumin - garlic - onion Top with any of the following when done: - fresh cilantro - green onions - cheese - sour cream Also, experiment with different rice, such as jasmine, brown or yellow rice.
• United States
18 Jan 07
darn it. I forgot to drain them.
@MsRetro (250)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Many people like the taste of them undrained. I always drain mine because it lowers the sodium a bit, and you don't have quite as much of a "canned" taste.
• United States
18 Jan 07
Maybe search for a recipe with some cilantro and lime added in. I think that would be yummy!
• United States
18 Jan 07
Cook the beans in a slow cooker with a jar of salsa, though I agree with a previous poster that black beans with yellow rice is really amazing. We use this as a vegetarian burrito filling, or this recipe I have for brown rice and lentil taco filling that's cheap and very filling and delicious.
• United States
18 Jan 07
I just drain the black beans from the can, heat them up and dollop some sour cream on them. YUM
• United States
17 Jan 07
What about trying to find a recipe for spanish rice? You can also add some bell pepper, onion, corn, cumin and cayenne to your beans. I'm doing this from memory so some tweeking will probably be needed. Start by chopping one bell pepp (i prefer red) and 1/2 and onion and saute in a skillet until the onions are translucent. Then add your spices (about 1/4 tsp or more - do to taste) as well as some salt. Then add to black beans along with 1 cup frozen corn..tasty stuff and great for burrito fillings too!