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Black Beans and Rice

January 24, 2019 (Last Updated: April 3, 2020)

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Black Beans and Brown Rice combined with fresh herbs and spices. Serve as a side dish or a main. This recipe is a great use of pantry staples. 

Black Beans and Rice on a plate with fresh tomatoes and tortillas.

Black Beans and Rice – this is a truly versatile dish. It’s a side dish perfect served with any meal. It’s a salad perfect served at room temperature. It’s a main dish perfect served for lunch or a light dinner. It’s really whatever you want it to be.

I like it best served at room temperature.

Recently I made a huge pot of beans using my Instant Pot. Those Instant Pot Black Beans turned out perfectly. I used some of those beans in this dish. You could also use a can of black beans, just rinse the beans before using.

I also used some leftover brown rice that I had from the night before. This dish is perfect for using up leftovers. Of course if you don’t have leftover rice and beans, you can whip up a batch of each. If you have more black beans you need to use, check out this collection of black bean recipes!

Black beans cooked in an electric pressure cooker.


Are Black Beans Healthy?

Many people wonder if black beans are healthy.  Everyone has a different meaning of what is healthy, but these fit my rules for healthy.

Black beans are:

  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • High in potassium
  • High in B6 vitamins
  • Low in calories

A plate filled with rice and beans mixed together along with tortillas.

I made this dish using brown rice. However, you could also use white rice if you’d prefer.

To make this recipe:

  • Use cooked and cooled rice
  • Use black beans – homemade or canned. If using canned black beans, rinse and drain beans first. This helps remove the sauce that comes with canned beans.
  • Use fresh chopped cilantro. If you aren’t a fan of cilantro, you could use fresh chopped parsley.
  • Use chopped green onions. You could also use chopped red onions, although they do have a stronger taste.
  • Use fresh squeezed lime juice. Store bought lime juice does not have the same taste as fresh squeezed.
  • Use approximately 2 tablespoons of lime juice which comes from about 1 large lime.
  • If you wanted a bit of heat, add half of a finely chopped jalapeno!
  • Mix everything together in a bowl, add seasoning and serve.
  • Add additional salt and pepper if needed.

A white plate topped with fresh tomatoes, tortillas and beans and rice.

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A colorful bowl filled with black beans, rice and topped with fresh green herbs.

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Black beans and rice makes a perfect side dish or lovely lunch dish.

Black Beans and Rice

Black beans, rice, cilantro and lime juice create a delicious combination.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 269 kcal


  • 1 cup black beans (cooked)
  • 2 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)


  • Add all ingredients into a bowl. Mix gently so all ingredients are combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving
  • Best served at room temperature.



If using canned black beans, rinse and drain before using. 


Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSodium: 100mgPotassium: 271mgFiber: 4gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 1.9mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1.8mg
Keyword Black bean salad, black beans and rice
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  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    January 25, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, these black beans and rice look so good! I like how they’re chilled and served at room temperature, more along the lines of a salad than a hot dish. Very tasty!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2019 at 5:48 am

      Thanks, Kelly! I’m sure it could be served hot, but I really like it a room temp.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 25, 2019 at 6:14 am

    5 stars
    You are totally right about black beans + rice being a versatile side dish. I could see this going next to a piece of grilled chicken or even steak. Or I could also see this one as the filling for a burrito or quesadilla. Yum! The fresh lime juice + cilantro in this recipe is making my mouth water. I’m thinking a cold Corona will need to be involved as well! 🙂

  • Reply
    January 25, 2019 at 1:28 am

    5 stars
    This is my kind of light lunch, also to bring to work. Love that you can make it ahead. It has wonderful flavors and it is so good for you.!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    January 24, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Another great combination.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 24, 2019 at 5:55 am

    5 stars
    An easy, tasty side with so much flavor Kathy! And black beans are one of our favorites!

    • Reply
      January 24, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      They are one of my favorites too!

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