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Ricetta Red beans and rice

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I've adapted this recipe from a number that I have used in the past. You can deviate from this and it is still delicious! Normally, I serve this with a jerk marinated chicken or pork, but it also goes well with grilled fish, steak and many other treats. If you serve it with something that isn't spicy, try adding some of the spices I list as optional. BTW. Red beans are the #1 highest anti-oxidant food per serving according to the USDA, so this is both delicious and very healthy too!

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  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 6 cups brown rice, white rice, or a mix of both
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cube tomato-based chicken broth or plain chicken broth (tomato-based is available in the mexican seciton of most supermarkets)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • Optional Spices (1 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp Cayenne, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp powered mustard)


  1. The night before, soak the red beans in plenty of water.
  2. Make the rice in a rice cooker or on the stove.
  3. Add enough water to the red beans to cover them and leave 2-3 inches of water on top. Add a cube of the tomato-based chicken broth or chicken broth, bring to boil, then simmer for 50 minutes.
  4. While the beans are boiling, add the two tablespoons of oil to a large saute pan on med-high. Add the diced onions and green pepper and stir for about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for 1 minutes. Then add the assorted spices, salt and pepper and stir for 1 additional minute. Remove from heat.
  5. When the beans are done, combine the sauteed vegetables with the beans and simmer for another 10 minutes (1 hr altogether).
  6. Combine the cooked rice, beans, and chopped cilantro. Stir thoroughly to mix.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 186g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 598  
Calories from Fat 55 9%
Total Fat 6.38g 8%
Saturated Fat 1.09g 4%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 485mg 20%
Potassium 939mg 27%
Total Carbs 115.81g 31%
Dietary Fiber 15.7g 52%
Sugars 2.79g 2%
Protein 19.96g 32%
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  • Dean Grason
    It was an excellent addition to the jerked meat. I would like to try it with a little more kick to it.
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    • Nancy Miyasaki
      This is simple but delicious. Ever since we lived in Weekhawken, NJ, and ate frequently in the Union Cafe (a Cuban cafeteria-style eatery) I've been a huge fan of both red beans and rice and black beans and rice. Healthy comfort food.
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      • Michele Grason
        This can be a meal in itself! This dish is full of fiber especially if you use brown rice. Fiber can fights heart disease and diabetes
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        • Yvette Bedrosian
          Well seasoned, but I'd go spicier.
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          • Karen
            Fantastic side dish. Compliments most meat or fish entrees. My kids liked the seasoning and the fact that it wasn't too spicy. I have even used the leftovers and added meat or fish to it to make a great meal in a bowl.
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            • Kristi Rimkus
              I love that you've used brown rice in this recipe. Delicious!
              • Stacey Maupin Torres
                I really like this recipe. I don't however, care for cilantro - just a personal dislike of mine, so I would substitute parsley in this case. Thank you for sharing this!
                • tim flahive
                  this looks very good can't wait to try it, i like a little spicy, like you find in louisiana
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                • Claudia lamascolo
                  I made this as a side dish last night! It was awesome Thanks
                  John love the addition of cinnamon, this will be a regular around here!

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                  • Marianne Richards Castiglia
                    I love red beans and rice but have never made it myself. I will now! You post the best recipes Claudia!
                    • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
                      Very similar to Caribbean traditional food "moro" which is delicious. In Dominican Republic rice and beans are called "the flag" as it is almost an everyday must meal. We generally soften the beans in a pressure cooker and then do a sofrito with all the spices and herbs, add the beans, wait for it to boil, add the rice and then let it dry, lower the fire and let it cook at slow fire for half hour. Love this recipe and it definitely goes well with meat that has a sauce...we also do it with black beans, white beans, green pigeon peas, etc...some people also add coconut milk...
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                      • Patricia Chapman
                        Wonderful dish. Full of robust flavor. This is a keeper.
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                      • Ann R
                        Looks delicious! My husband loves red beans and rice from a box but I hate to make it because of the high sodium. Can't wait to try this much healthier sounding version!
                        • Anna Boot
                          I loved this
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                          • Poornima hegde
                            I love red beans and rice, Looks inviting.. Tastes best with a spicy side dish.
                            • judee
                              I love a basic bowl of red beans and rice. It is filling, nutritious, and economical and of course tasty or I wouldn't eat it. Sometimes simple is the best.


                              • ShaleeDP
                                09 Aprile 2014
                                Looks good. I could give this a try and share with my friends.
                                • Organic Cocktail Recipes
                                  09 Febbraio 2012
                                  This looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe
                                  • FLORA A. GORDON
                                    12 Settembre 2011
                                    hi john, this recipe looks great and i will be trying this soon. thank u for sharing. flora a. gordon
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                                  • Claudia lamascolo
                                    12 Giugno 2011
                                    I made this last night fabulous recipe!!!!! Thanks John the flavor are scrumptious!
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                                  • judee
                                    02 Maggio 2011
                                    I'm keeping the cilantro and love the other optional spices. This looks really tasty and healthy. Beans and rice makes a perfect vegetarian entree
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                                  • Jo
                                    08 Dicembre 2010
                                    Can the calorie count be right?
                                    • Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner
                                      08 Novembre 2010
                                      This is definitely healthy and it looks and sounds delicious! I would have to omit the cilantro though and go with parsley. A great dish to try for lots of potassium!
                                      • Ayesha Tariq
                                        23 Ottobre 2010
                                        This looks good!
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                                      • Sasa
                                        14 Settembre 2010
                                        There's a great song about red beans and rice by Spearhead, you can hear it here
                                        • Bill Farley
                                          06 Luglio 2010
                                          I concur with Dean Grason - a little more heat. (for me) Otherwise an excellent dish. Brings back memories of Puerto Rico.
                                          • Clark Lawlor
                                            06 Giugno 2010
                                            The nutrition facts are inflated by about 275 calories, because I think it is calculating it using 6 cups uncooked rice (about 18 cups cooked), but I assume it is meant to be 6 cups COOKED rice (about 2 cups uncooked). Actual calories per serving: about 375, not 651.
                                            • MaryMoh
                                              29 Aprile 2010
                                              Looks healthy and delicious. My mom used to cook adzuki beans and some rice as a dessert soup...very delicious.
                                              • Danita anderson
                                                08 Febbraio 2010
                                                651 calories
                                                • John Spottiswood
                                                  20 Aprile 2009
                                                  Thanks for the comment Phil!
                                                  • phil reid
                                                    20 Aprile 2009
                                                    One bowl meal, Great tasting don't change a thing Stock up for the recession.
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