Rice and Beans

12 Apr

Rice and beans is like coming home. I’ve eaten this since I was a baby. My abuelita on my dad’s side made this for every family get-together. My dad made this at least once a week for dinner. Now I make this when I have a hankering for comfort food.

This is a dish for all ages. By ages, I mean babies, adults, teenagers, picky kids, you name it. I don’t mean throughout all the ages of eternity, although I actually wouldn’t mind eating this dish forever.

Makes 6 servings


3 c. water
1 ½ c. rice
1 T. butter

1 T. oil
1 clove garlic, minced
6 oz. recaíto (cilantro cooking base, store-bought or homemade)
1 can kidney beans
4 oz. plain tomato sauce
¼ c. water
1 T. adobo
1 T. garlic powder
1 t. freshly ground pepper
½ t. cinnamon
dash sugar
½ bunch cilantro, chopped


For rice:
In a medium-sized pot, heat 3 c. water to boiling. Add rice and butter, cover with tight-fitting lid, and turn heat down to low. Cook for 20 minutes without removing lid. After 20 minutes, remove from heat, and stir with a fork to fluff.

For beans:
Make the beans while the rice is cooking. In a medium-sized pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook briefly until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes). Add recaíto, kidney beans, tomato sauce, and water. Mix to combine and heat. Turn heat down to low and add adobo, garlic powder, pepper, cinnamon, and sugar. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. During the last minute of simmering, add cilantro. Serve over a bed of rice.

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6 Responses to “Rice and Beans”

  1. Mom April 13, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I’m salivating!

  2. Uncle Julian April 17, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Oh wow we ALL do rice and beans a little different but still delicious. I have never used cinnamon but will try it that way. Your cousin Peter always tells me that Grandma Mercedes beans tasted a little bit more to the sweet side so I have added a little more sugar to mine. Do you want Grandma’s Paella recipe? Let me know. Love your blog!!

    • Adrianne April 17, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      I would love her paella recipe! You can send it my email: adrianne@bakenotburn.com. Thanks Uncle Julian.

  3. Milagros Tosana (Cuca) April 18, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    Definatedly the red bean recepie of our grandma, your great grandma has cinnamon and sugar. Sometines she would substitute the cinnamon with ground cloves. Try it.

  4. Tess April 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Ummm, I feel like this post is personally for me because I’ve wanted the secret recipe ever since I first ate it. YUM! Thank you!

    • Adrianne April 19, 2012 at 9:53 am #

      It’s all for you, Tess. All for you.

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