Sunday, January 11, 2009

Black Bean Stew with Brown Rice

A big plate of black beans and rice is a welcome standby that pleases vegans and non-vegans alike. The dish is filling, colorful, and nutritious. There are lots of recipes available, but this one is notable for the variety of colorful vegetables and option of tweaking the flavor by adding your choice of condiments. Once your rice is cooking, the rest is pretty quick to make.

Black Bean Stew with Brown Rice
Adapted from Everyday Food
Serves 4-6

1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice, prepared
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 serrano pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup corn kernels
14 ounces vegetable broth
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
garnishes such as lime juice, fresh cilantro, radishes, bell pepper, avocado, salsa, or hot sauce

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, bell pepper, and serrano pepper until they soften. Add garlic and corn and saute a minute more. Add broth, beans, vinegar, and oregano. Use a potato masher to smash some of the beans and cook for about 15 minutes, until the stew thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve stew over rice with desired garnishes.


  1. Looks SO good - If you missed your last blog comments - I gave you an award at St Marys....thanks for all your great recipes!

  2. I looovveee black beans! Your plate looks so lovely.

  3. This looks fantastic!

    Anything with black beans = my kind of meal :)

  4. I totally agree - black beans and rice make everyone happy. Love the photo!

  5. That looks awesome, I love black beans & brown rice.

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  7. super colorful & super tasty looking, indeed! i loooooove me some black beans - and brown rice is just the best! thanks for the recipe, Lisa - it looks wonderful! mmmmmmmmmmmm!

  8. You never fail to plate your dishes so beautifully. Black beans are my favorite bean! YAY!

  9. hi myfirst time here. the bean stew looks yum hope to try it soon. but just looking at the ingredients i'd be more likely to mix the whole thing convert to a salad. nice blog.

  10. Yummy beans and rice! how did you know I'm broke?!

  11. This looks great!! I've been looking for some awesome bean recipes and this definitely fits the bill.

  12. Beans and rice is such a simple and satisfying meal. Its easy for me to get too caught up in trying new things that I forget to make this old vegetarian stand-by.

  13. I like everything about this meal - lots of tasty additions, and beans and rice never fails to satisfy.


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