Rice and beans are two inexpensive ingredients that people equate with frugal cooking, and boring recipes. Instead they are a tasty way to keep your grocery budget in line while adding protein and fiber into your diet.
In my kitchen, beans and rice are staples and find their way to our dinner table at least once a week. This list of recipes offers a variety of delicious ways to add these versatile, yet inexpensive ingredients into your menu.
Home Cooked Dried Beans vs. Canned Beans:
Honestly, the cost savings of cooking beans at home are minimal. However, home cooked beans are taste better and have significantly less sodium than canned. If you have the time, I highly recommend cooking dried beans, but buying canned is pretty convenient and I use them regularly in recipes, just be sure to rinse the canned beans very well.
I go into great detail in this post, How to Cook Dry Beans, and share:
- A cost analysis and the benefits of cooking dried beans vs. canned beans
- Two methods to re-hydrate dried beans
- How to cook dried beans on the stove top
- How to cook dried beans in the slow cooker
- How to cook dried bean in the Instant Pot
- How to freeze cooked beans
Long Grain Rice vs Instant Rice:
Instant rice is basically pre-cooked and you are essentially re-hydrating when you cook it at home, thus the short cooking time. On the other hand, you can save money by buying long-grain rice, but it does take longer to cook. It’s a matter of personal preference and the recipes include both types of rice. Personally, I usually buy long grain rice and prefer Jasmine or Basmati.
20 Rice and Beans Recipes:
Burrito Bowls are so easy to pull together and a great way to jazz up leftovers. Layer the following:
- Your favorite cooked rice
- Your favorite beans, drained and rinsed
- Leftover meat: taco meat, slow cooker chicken & black beans, rotisserie chicken, roasted chicken, pulled pork, or any other meat
- your favorite toppings: lettuce, salsa, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, olives, etc
This is an easy recipe and you could mix in some cooked sausage to add meat if you desire, but not needed. I have used the leftovers to make burrito bowls (see above).
I made this recently with chicken that I found marked down. This is a delicious and hearty dinner.
Cajun Red Beans & Rice is a hearty and quick dinner. It’s also another meal that I’ve made recently with marked down sausage.
Serve this stew over rice. This is also a time saving freezer meal.
Serve this chili over your favorite rice. You can also substitute the cooked ground turkey for other forms of cooked meat, like sausage and chicken.
7. Rice and Beans Stuffed Peppers from The Happy Housewife
Rice and Beans Stuffed Peppers make a meatless but hearty main dish. Serve with a garden salad and your favorite homemade bread.
8. Mexican Rice Bowl from the Budget Mama – This super quick dinner calls for brown rice, corn, and black beans. It looks like it would also make a good burrito filling.
9. The Frugalwoods Rice and Beans Lunch Recipe – The Frugalwoods couple makes this recipe on Sunday and they eat it all week for lunch.
10. Salsa Chicken Casserole from Budget Bytes – This easy one dish dinner looks delicious.
11. Zucchini Rice from Damn Delicious – This healthy dish looks so fresh and a great way to use up the zucchini that doesn’t seem to end.
12. Slow Cooker Black Bean and Rice Soup with Lime and Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen
13. Mushroom and Wild Rice Black Bean Burgers from Back to Her Roots
14. No Fuss Black Beans, Chicken, and Rice from Eat Good 4 Life
15. Taco Rice Casserole from Cooking on a Dime – This recipe makes two meals – eat one now and freeze the second for later.
16. 5 Ingredient Mexican Brown Rice from Kim’s Cravings – This recipe uses minute rice and takes 15 minutes to pull together.
17. One Pan Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Rice with Black Beans from Cooking Classy – This dinner also calls for minute rice and they had me at “one pan”. It looks fresh and delicious.
18. Cheesy Baked Black Beans and Rice from Shaken Together Life – This recipe could pass as a dip…just add tortilla chips.
19. Black Bean and Brown Rice Burgers from The Everyday Veggie – This super frugal recipe only had 4 ingredients and was inspired when the author took a challenge to live on the same budget that 20 million Ugandans have to live on.
20. Grilled Chicken & Black Bean Burritos from Passion for Savings
What is your favorite Rice & Beans recipe? Please share in the comments.
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