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Black Beans and Rice

Chopped avocado and a squeeze of lime add fresh flavor to this classic pantry dish.

  • Servings: 4
Black Beans and Rice

Source: Mad Hungry, March 2011


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When oil shimmers, add garlic, salt, and half the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent, about 3 minutes.

  2. Stir in black pepper, cumin, and oregano and cook 1 minute more.

  3. Add beans and water to pan and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until beans are warmed through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining tablespoon oil.

  4. Serve black beans over white rice and garnish with remaining onion, avocado, and lime wedges.

Reviews (5)

  • GeorgiaGirl61 4 Apr, 2013

    I have made this for lunch many times. It is a go-to recipe when you have not been to the store. Love Lucinda's program and recipes.

  • the01count 22 Jul, 2012

    This dish could convince me to become a vegetarian! So simple and yet delicious to the max. I have another recipe for this that takes hours and contains a plethora of ingredients and yet I think this preparation has as much flavor or more Keep 'em coming, Lucinda.

  • the01count 22 Jul, 2012

    This dish could convince me to become a vegetarian! It was so delicious and it couldn't be easier. I have another recipe for this dish that takes a long time to prepare and I think this was is just as good or better. Thanks, Lucinda.

  • Diane_from_Wisconsin 26 Mar, 2012

    Fantastic simple stand-by recipe! This came out perfectly the first time I made it, AND I've made it several times since - it is a winner every time. Thanks, Luncinda, for another great recipe!

  • Lindabiles 22 Mar, 2012

    I went to the pantry, gathered ingredients to include brown rice, then to the fridge, and grabbed a bag of salad fixings. I did not have an avocado. I used a red onion, and red and green peppers, Voila, a dish very similar to a dish my husband ate in Costa Rica. FANTASTIC!! He wants the same dish for supper over eggs, Thanks for great dish Lucinda. I have tried many of your recipes and you bring joy to so many of our meals. Your show is still on TV and we've already finished lunch!!