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Recipes - Southwest Black Beans and Rice

Recipe Name

Southwest Black Beans and Rice

Submitted by FPP2000
Recipe Description A delicious meatless main dish! Use dry beans as the recipe suggests, or if you're short on time, use canned beans, omit the soaking water, and reduce the water in the recipe. Possible garnishes for this meal include diced tomatoes, cilantro, grated cheese, and sour cream, which are not listed in the recipe.
Quantity 0 Quantity Unit Servings  
Prep Time (minutes) 20 Cook Time (minutes) 180 Ready In (minutes) 200
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Southwest Black Beans and Rice
Amt. Measure Ingredient
cupsblack beans
cups (8 fl oz)water
cups (8 fl oz)water, warm (110 degrees)
largeOnion, chopped
large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)Peppers, sweet, red, raw, chopped
tablespoonsgarlic minced
tablespoonGround cumin
teaspoonschili powder
teaspoonoregano, dried
teaspoonssalt, to taste
Sequence Step
1Soak dry beans overnight in 4 C water.
2Rinse and drain black beans.
3In a large pot, heat 8 cups of water, and then add the black beans, and all of the other ingredients- EXCEPT the catsup and salt. The 1.5 Tbsp. "Spices" listed is "Southwest Spice Blend" sold by Vita Mix/Costco. You can get it online at, or when Vita Mix is @ Costco for a road show. In its place, make the measurements of the cumin, chili powder, and salt heaping teaspoons full. Add 1/2 tsp Paprika. (Remember not to add the salt until the end)
4Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 hours.
5Stir beans occasionally. Watch the water level. If the water evaporates before the beans are fully cooked, add anough water to cover the beans- about 1/2 C at a time.
6When the beans are fully cooked- slightly firm in the middle, but tender, add the salt and the catsup.
7Adjust the seasoning as you wish. You may want to add a little more salt. Cook another 2-3 minutes, and then keep warm on low heat until ready to serve.
8Serve with a pot of brown rice.
9Garnish with diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, grated cheese and sour cream.
10To use canned beans, skip steps 1 and 2. At step 3, omit 5 cups of the water. You may need to add a little more later (step 5)
11To cook in a crockpot, follow steps 1 and 2. At step 3, bring the water to a boil, and then add all of the ingredients for this step, to a large crock pot. Allow a good 8-10 hours on high for the beans to cook. Follow steps 6 -9 as listed.

Brown Rice
Amt. Measure Ingredient
cupsbrown rice
cups (8 fl oz)water
Sequence Step
1Cook brown rice according to package or rice cooker directions.

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