Mexican Brown Rice With Brown Beans

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Cooking is one of my passions. Though I am working, I make nutritious and tasty food at home. I use minimal oil and no artificial colors.

Mexican Brown Rice With Brown Beans
Mexican Brown Rice With Brown Beans

A Complete Food With Rice, Beans, and Vegetables

Sometimes, we get bored of making the same old combinations for meals. Making pancakes, rice, curry, side dish, etc., is routine. Today, I wanted to make a rice dish that has everything, like rice, beans, and vegetables.

So I made Mexican brown rice with brown beans. It came out so well that we finished it quickly. It was a delightful and satisfying meal. All the ingredients used in this recipe are natural, with nutrients that made this dish super healthy.

You can eat it as is. However, a mildly spicy, yogurt-based side dish will surely enhance the taste and make this meal more delightful. I served it with a cucumber-onion raita.

Here, I share a detailed, step-by-step recipe for making Mexican brown rice.

5 stars for Mexican Brown Rice With Brown Beans

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 big cup brown rice, washed, soaked in fresh water for 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup brown beans, washed, soaked in fresh water for 10 minutes
  • 1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, such as, French beans, carrots, and capsicum, made into pieces
  • 1/4 small cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano or mixed Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp spice powder or a spicy sauce, optional, I used biryani masala
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 2-3 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Mexican Rice With Brown Beans

  1. Wash rice and beans together. Soak them in fresh water for 10 minutes.
  2. Pressure cook them until you hear a whistle and further, simmer for 8-10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Set aside for cooling.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in minced garlic and chopped onions. Saute until onions turn transparent and light golden brown.
  4. Add chopped veggies and some salt. Saute over high heat until veggies become a bit soft. Add a few drops of water to keep the veggies moist.
  5. Add tomato sauce and dried oregano. Saute for two minutes. Add red chili powder, spice powder of your choice or a spicy sauce, and chopped tomatoes.
  6. I used a teaspoon of biryani masala powder to spice up this dish.
  7. Stir-cook until tomatoes are soft.
  8. Add cooked rice-beans mixture. Add remaining salt. Blend them well with the contents in the pan.
  9. Turn off the heat. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves.
  10. Your favorite Mexican brown rice is ready to serve.
  11. Serve it hot as is or with a yogurt-based, less-spicy side dish. Enjoy the combo and reap the amazing health benefits!

Step one: Cook brown rice and brown beans together, as per instructions. Keep aside for cooling.
Step one: Cook brown rice and brown beans together, as per instructions. Keep aside for cooling.
Step two: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in chopped onions and minced garlic. Saute until onions are transparent.
Step two: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in chopped onions and minced garlic. Saute until onions are transparent.
Step three: Add chopped veggies and some salt.
Step three: Add chopped veggies and some salt.
Stir-cook for 4-5 minutes or until veggies become a bit soft. Add a few drops of water to keep the veggies moist.
Stir-cook for 4-5 minutes or until veggies become a bit soft. Add a few drops of water to keep the veggies moist.
Step four: Add tomato sauce and dried oregano. Continue stir-cooking for two minutes.
Step four: Add tomato sauce and dried oregano. Continue stir-cooking for two minutes.
Step five: Add red chili powder, spice powder of your choice, or a spicy sauce, and chopped tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft. Add remaining salt. Mix well.
Step five: Add red chili powder, spice powder of your choice, or a spicy sauce, and chopped tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft. Add remaining salt. Mix well.
Step six: Add cooked rice-beans mix. Blend it with the contents in the pan. Next, turn off the heat.
Step six: Add cooked rice-beans mix. Blend it with the contents in the pan. Next, turn off the heat.
Your favorite Mexican rice is ready. Garnish it with chopped fresh coriander.
Your favorite Mexican rice is ready. Garnish it with chopped fresh coriander.
Serve this dish as is or with a yogurt-based side dish on the side. Enjoy the taste!
Serve this dish as is or with a yogurt-based side dish on the side. Enjoy the taste!

Nutritional Information of Mexican Rice

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 182
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 86 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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