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Black beans and rice with a lime wedge and a few blue tortilla chips on a white plate.

Easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Make Black Beans and Rice the easy way! Mix all ingredients in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake in the oven. No peeking and it's done!
Course dinner, Recipes
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 190kcal
Author Kristi


  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked rinse well
  • 2 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained (about 4 cups of canned beans)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 bell peppers chopped
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth low sodium
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed chili pepper optional
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated


  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
  • Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Sautee chopped onion and bell pepper in 1 tablespoon of oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
    1 onion, 2-3 bell peppers, 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Place rice, beans, broth, onion and bell pepper mixture, garlic, and thyme into a 9x11 casserole dish and mix well.
    1 cup brown rice, uncooked, 1 onion, 3 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth, 4 cloves garlic, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, 2-3 bell peppers
  • Place the bay leaves on top of the mixture and press down lightly so they are easy to remove when it's done cooking.
    2 bay leaves
  • Cover with foil, seal around the edges well.
  • Place in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove foil.
  • Remove the bay leaves.
  • Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the beans and rice, while it's still hot.
    1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Serve and enjoy!


    • Rinse and drain canned beans well before adding them in with the other ingredients.
    • Use a good quality food chopper to chop the onions, bell peppers, and garlic to save time.
    • Bay leaves must be removed before serving.
    • Optional: remove from the oven after one hour. Remove the bay leaves, sprinkle the cheese on top, and replace the foil for 15 minutes to allow more liquid to absorb before serving.
    • Serve with guacamole and chips, chicken, enchiladas, or burritos!
    • Freshly grated cheese will melt easier than pre-shredded cheese.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1118IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg