Satisfying bean soups often have to simmer for hours; this vegetarian stew tastes as if it did but uses canned beans and broth as shortcuts.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Prepare rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

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  • Add beans, broth, vinegar, and oregano. Cook, mashing some beans with the back of a spoon, until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Fluff rice with a fork. Serve beans over rice, with garnishes, if desired.

Cook's Notes

If you like, serve this protein-rich vegetarian dish with brown rice to boost the health factor even more. It's also delicious with chips or tortillas alongside.

Reviews (16)

90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
12/03/2016
This sounds like a great start. I'm single and often eat quick dinners of beans and rice (or breakfasts of beans, eggs, and toast). I'd add to this a little. When sauteing the onions, bellpeppers, I would add some cumin - and possibly even diced jalapeno. I'd actually get them starting to turn a little brown. For the canned beans, I'd use Trader Joe's Cuban-style black beans to add a little more flavor. And, at least some of the time, I'd add soy chorizo. These tweaks = more flavor!
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07/30/2013
Seems to be missing something and is a little bland. There are probably better recipes out there.
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2011
I love this recipe. It is simple, easy and no fuss and it is a staple for my house. I've tried it with quinoa instead of rice and also I added some sausage in one attempt to add some meat. Still I actually prefer the meatless version. Give it a try
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09/27/2011
I highly recommend chopping some cilantro and putting it in when you put in the beans and oregeno. TOTAL game-changer...without it's a little bland...with, it's absolutely amazing.
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03/16/2011
It was an okay and cost efficient meal but a little lacking in flavor.
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10/18/2009
Even my kids love this. I also like to blend this up minus the rice and serve it as a black bean dip with tortilla chips.
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10/14/2009
So good and very easy. A great go-to recipe as I always have these ingredients on hand.
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03/19/2009
Fantastic. Excellent Recipe, Easy and quick, yet it tastes likeyou've been cooking it for a long time! Even my latin friends where fooled. I like to add some grated cheese as a topping, for those picky eaters that don't like raddishes, and I prefer to use my own cooked beans i( I cook 1-2 lb at a time and freeze them in protions) instead of using cans, whenever possible, the flaovor is just that much better.
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01/21/2009
This was a fantastic meal. I was completely suprised how tasty and flavorful it was, given the simple ingredients. The garnishes really make the dish. I also added a dollop of sour cream and served it alongside a bowl of warm tortilla chips and tapatillo. I can't wait to make this meal again!
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12/04/2008
Great! Then I made a few modifications that my whole non-vegetarian family (even my 4-year-old) enjoyed. Double the oil, garlic, and oregano, add 20 oz. chicken livers (cook with onions, pepper, and garlic), mix 2 tsp. cornstarch into vegetable broth before adding (no need to mash any beans then), reduce beans to 30 oz. total, and add an 11 oz. can of corn along with the beans. Used all the suggested garnishes, along with some red-pepper flakes (for the grown-ups).
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11/29/2008
My daughter is a vegetarian and finding meals that we both enjoy is a challenge! However; this recipe is awesome! Everytime I make it, people rave. I really enjoy the limes, I use them instead of lemons for everything now!
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11/03/2008
This is so good! It was very flavorful, and super easy. I definitely recommend the cilantro, radish, and lime garnishes.
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10/02/2008
This is one of my favorite meals lately. It's so good and so easy. I like it a little better with chicken broth instead of veggiie broth. I also add a serano pepper for a little more spice. If you have a hard time finding 19 oz cans, 3-14oz cans of beans work too.
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10/02/2008
This is one of my favorite meals lately. It's so good and so easy. I like it a little better with chicken broth instead of veggiie broth. I also add a serano pepper for a little more spice. If you have a hard time finding 19 oz cans, 3-14oz cans of beans work too.
Rating: Unrated
09/14/2008
This was delicious! I made it for dinner, and the leftovers were even better for lunch the next day. Very simple, and very hearty.
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09/05/2008
This dish was so good! I had no idea black beans were so delicious. I plan to make it again.