The Minter Kitchen: Dressed Up Black Beans & Rice


Logo_redPotThis simple recipe is one of my favorites. I should note that I travel to the Amazon jungle twice a year where beans and rice are staples. By Day 3 I’m usually scrounging for Kind Bars and peanut butter (which the Brazilians think is the most disgusting concept on earth), but after being home a few days I’m ready for beans and rice again. However, I like to dress this combo up a little and this friend’s recipe does the trick. It’s the perfect spring/summer recipe when cilantro is fresh and chips and salsa are easy to toss in bowls and set out on a porch table. It’s beans and rice in a ball gown. You’re going to love it and your friends will be asking for the recipe. Not to mention, they’ll think you spent more time on the meal than you did – just tell them “It was nothing. Really.” 

Dressed Up Black Beans & Rice
Serves 6 to 8
4 standard size cans of black beans
1/2 yellow onion
6 cloves garlic
1 bunch cilantro
8 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 c. whole grain brown rice (or rice of your choosing)
1 jar salsa
1 c. sour cream
1 bag tortilla chips
1.  Heat black beans in a pot over medium-high heat, saving most of the juice.
2.  Chop onion and cilantro, mince garlic, and place all in a separate saucepan and sauté.
3.  After beans have heated 20 minutes, stir sautéed ingredients into the black beans.
4.  In a separate pot, prepare brown rice (follow instructions on bag).
5. Pour black bean concoction into a 13×9 inch pan and add shredded cheese on top, covering extensively. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.
6. Serve black been entree over the brown rice, having a nice spread of chips, sliced avocado, salsa, extra shredded cheese and sour cream as toppings. 

Kelly_garden2Kelly Minter is an author, speaker, songwriter, and singer based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is passionate about women discovering Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. Kelly also partners closely with Justice and Mercy International (JMI)—a ministry that serves in the Amazon jungle. When home, her days are spent writing, cooking, gardening, enjoying her neighborhood, and loving her community. Here’s a sample of Kelly’s latest Bible study with LifeWay Women, No Other Gods.


  1. says

    This recipe sounds yummy. Can’t wait to try it.
    Kelly’s Bible studies are wonderful. I learned so much when I studied Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy.

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