Spicy Beans and Rice


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This is a fast, easy and tasty vegetarian dinner, or you can add chicken or sausage if you miss the meat.

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  • 1 1/2 C. water
  • 1/2 C. uncooked brown rice
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, undrained
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder, or to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 fresh green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 (2 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan bring the water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, pour beans into a 2 qt. casserole. Sprinkle with jalapenos, cumin, chili powder and black pepper. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, green onions and olives. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes more. Serve beans over cooked rice.

Yield: 6 Servings.

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