Most Simple: Beans and Rice

Most Simple: Beans and Rice
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Serves: 4
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 fresh or canned tomato, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin, or more to taste
  • 1 16 ounce can black beans or red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 2 cups water, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 - 4 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro (optional)
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium low heat and add oil.
  2. When the oil is hot add the garlic and onion and if desired, the tomato and bell pepper and cook for about 10 minutes or until the onion is golden.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, add the spices, beans and water or stock and cook for about 20 minutes or until the beans are very soft.
  4. Add salt to taste.
  5. Serve beans on top of the rice and sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.