Tangy black beans and rice

A bowl of rice and beans garnished with cilantro
Recipe credit

University of Minnesota Extension Department of Family, Health and Wellbeing staff

About this recipe

Serving size
1 1/2 cup sauce and beans, 1/2 cup rice
Time to make
20 minutes preparation; 8 hours wait time; 1-2 hours cook time


  • 1 cup dried black beans
  • 6 cups water plus water for soaking
  • 1 whole onion, peeled
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (about 1 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice (about 1 cup uncooked)

Ingredients for tangy sauce

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped (1/2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tomatoes, diced (about 2 cups) 


  1. Cover beans with water. Cover with lid; soak overnight. 
  2. Drain. Place beans in large saucepan. Add 6 cups water and whole onion. 
  3. Bring to a boil and cover pan. Reduce heat and simmer 1-2 hours or until beans are tender.
  4. While the beans are cooking, prepare the tangy sauce and cook the rice (if not already made ahead of time).
  5. Heat oil in small fry pan on medium heat. Sauté green pepper, garlic, chopped onion, oregano, and cumin. Add to beans. 
  6. Simmer a few minutes to blend flavors. Remove whole onion. 
  7. Serve beans over rice. Top with tangy sauce. 
  8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking.

Tips and variations

  • Serve leftover beans and rice in a wrap or taco, or serve it in a bowl topped with a fried egg for breakfast.
  • Cook a whole pound of black beans and use the extra beans to make other dishes like soup or casseroles.
  • If beans give you gas, try eating small amounts and slowly increase so your body can adjust.

Nutritional info

Total fat
4 g
Saturated fat
0.5 g
0 mg
37 mg
Total carbohydrates
49 g
Dietary fiber
11.5 g
10.8 g
Total sugar
4.7 g