Beans and rice are the classic pantry staple power couple: they last for months if not years on the shelf, taste great, and make a complete protein when mixed together. In this recipe, we’ve combined the beans with an onion, some spices, tomato paste and broth but you can substitute or omit almost all of these ingredients if you don’t have them on hand, just make sure you taste for seasoning and add more as needed. This meal is simple, quick to prepare and hearty enough to fill the entire family. If you have extra toppings such as guacamole, salsa, sour cream, etc. you can certainly add them but you will still have a delicious and tasty meal without them.
Black Bean and Rice Casserole
- 1½ tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp garlic powder or 1 tsp freshly minced garlic
- 2 tsp smoked paprika (regular paprika is fine as well)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 (14 oz) cans black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth (or water if none on hand)
- 1½ cup shredded cheese, cheddar or mozzarella
- ⅔ cup white rice
- 3 cups tortilla chips, to serve
In a large bowl stir together the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and onion. Add to a Suvie pan and broil for 10 minutes. During the broil add the black beans to the now-empty bowl.
After the broil, add tomato paste to the Suvie pan and mix. Add the broth to the pan and mix until well incorporated. Pour the mixture over the beans in the large bowl and stir to combine. Pour the beans back into the Suvie pan. Insert pan into the top section of your Suvie. Pour rice into the starch pan and place in starch zone.
Fill reservoir, input settings, and cook.
My Cook > Slow Cook Settings
HIGH, 2 hours
Starch: 12 minutes
After the beans and rice have finished cooking, remove both pans from your Suvie. Sprinkle the beans evenly with cheese. Reinsert beans into your Suvie and broil until cheese is melted and starting to brown, about 7 minutes.
Divide rice between plates, top with beans and serve with chips, guacamole, salsa, sour cream or anything else you have on hand.
Nutrition Info per 1 Serving (4 Servings per Recipe, Tortilla Chips not Included): Calories 509, Total Fat 15.7g, Sodium 1198.4mg, Total Carbs 67.9g, Protein 24.2g