Short cut rice & beans.

Now, I am far far far far from a good cook.  Far!  But I do have certain go-to recipes that I like to use.  And since I am working on NOT spending money this month, I made something tonight that I often turn to when I want to make something cheap, easy, versatile, and tasty.  So I thought I would share.  Again, let me emphasize that this is NOTHING fancy.  Simple no-brainer stuff…

When I say versatile, I mean VERSATILE.  You can really use up some stuff in your pantry and fridge with this recipe.  But it starts with the basics:

  • 1 can of beans (black or red, drained & rinsed)
  • 1 can of corn (drained)
  • 1 jar of salsa (any will do)
  • 1 cup of rice (uncooked)

You can also add other stuff if you so desire.  Some suggestions:

  • Can of Ro-Tel tomato/chile blend (drained)
  • Leftover chopped onion (one of our farmer’s market purchases!), which I sauteed a bit after this pic was taken.
  • shredded cheese

You could also add peppers, garlic, chicken, ground beef, really, the list is endless!

Here’s what I do…While the rice is cooking, I start dumping all the veggies & beans into a large pan.

Turn the burner on medium-low so everything starts to get warmed through.  When the rice is done, just dump it in with the veggies and stir everything to combine.

Once everything is all mixed up, throw in a couple handfuls of shredded cheese, if you have it.  Stir until the cheese starts to melt, and then you should be ready to serve!

This makes TONS, and we have leftovers for a few days after.  I’ll usually store the leftovers in individual serving containers for grab-and-go work lunches.  Tadd LOVES this, so it’s really easy to get him to eat it as a side dish, main dish, whatever.

Like I said, cheap, easy, versatile, and good.  What more could you ask for?


4 responses

  1. Seeing Publix on the cheese made me laugh. I am broke for awhile so cheap easy meal ideas are awesome. Bryon won’t eat beans but other than that, I think he would like this. It also looks like in a smaller amount could be an awesome side to tacos.

    • You could omit the beans and use it as a side dish for sure. Or add chicken or beef to it. I’m not big on cooking or eating a lot of meat, so the beans add protein and make it more filling for me. But it’s one of those basic, inexpensive recipes you can pretty much do whatever you want with and tailor it to almost anyone.

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