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Fiesta Rice and Beans Delight

A Flavorful Mexican-Inspired Side Dish

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Fiesta Rice and Beans Delight

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 5 minutesCook time: 25 minutesRest time: 5 minutesTotal time: 35 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:215 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


This vibrant and hearty dish combines rice and beans with a medley of spices for a delicious and satisfying meal. Perfect as a side dish or a main course, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.



  1. Warm the olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, poblano pepper, and garlic in the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir occasionally until it is fully coated with oil, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle in the paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Mix in the tomato paste and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in the vegetable broth and add the pinto beans. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook until the rice is tender, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat, keeping it covered, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.


  • – For added heat, consider adding a diced jalapeño when sautéing the onion and garlic.
    – This dish can be made ahead and reheated; the flavors meld beautifully over time.
    – Use brown rice for a healthier alternative, but adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Keywords:Mexican rice, beans, side dish, vegetarian, easy recipe

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice, but you will need to adjust the cooking time as brown rice takes longer to cook.

Is this dish vegan?

Yes, this rice and beans recipe is vegan as it contains no animal products.

Can I add more vegetables?

Absolutely! Feel free to add bell peppers, zucchini, or any other vegetables you like.

How should I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Can I freeze this dish?

Yes, you can freeze this dish. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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