Cuban Black Beans with Rice and Sweet Corn
These Cuban Black Beans and Rice with Sweet Corn is a fun spin on the classic. You can serve it on its own, with tortilla chips, or rolled into a tortillas a wrap. Top it with grated cheese or sliced avocado, or let everyone personalize their own!
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking brown rice to yield 2 cups cooked rice
- 15 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans drained and rinsed, or use 1 1/4 cups home-cooked beans
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 1/4 cups corn kernels fresh, frozen, or canned
- 16 oz. salsa look for brands with no sugar added
- 1/2 lime juice only, about 1 Tbsp.
- 4 whole wheat flour, or corn tortillas (optional)
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, Mexican Blend, or Cheddar cheese (optional)
- Cook the rice according to the package directions.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the beans, cumin, garlic powder, corn, salsa, and lime juice. Add the cooked rice. Stir to combine and heat it through.
- Remove the rice mixture from the heat and serve it on its own or wrapped in warm tortillas, and sprinkled with cheese, if desired. You can refrigerate the beans and rice for up to 3 days before serving, or freeze it for up to 3 months.
Slow Cooker Directions
- Do not pre-cook the rice. Add all ingredients except the tortillas and cheese to the slow cooker, along with 1 1/2 cups of water or broth.
- Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours or on high for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, until the rice is tender. Serve as directed. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)
Do Ahead or Delegate: Cook the rice, cook the black beans if using dried, juice the lime, make the black bean mixture and refrigerate, shred the cheese if necessary and refrigerate, or fully prepare and refrigerate or freeze the dish. Scramble Flavor Booster: Use extra cumin and add 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper for an extra kick. Tip: Keeping an eye on the scale? Beans are not only an inexpensive, tasty, protein-packed addition to a meal, but a recent study showed that people who eat 3/4 cup of these morsels daily, weigh on average, over 6 pounds less than those who don’t. Video: Watch Jessica make it live on Facebook! Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 300, Total Fat: 2g, 3%; Saturated Fat: 0g, 0%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 940mg, 39%; Total Carbohydrate: 62g, 21%; Dietary Fiber: 10g, 40%; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 12g Want to make beans from scratch? Check out our post on how to make beans in the slow cooker or Instant Pot pressure cooker. Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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