Mexican Brown Rice and Beans Fiesta


Dive into the heart of Mexican cuisine with our Savory Mexican Brown Rice and Beans Fiesta. This dish is a wholesome, hearty blend of nutritious brown rice and flavorful beans, simmered with a medley of spices and herbs. It's a perfect vegetarian main or side dish, packing both health and flavor in every spoonful. Ideal for those seeking a comforting yet nutritious meal, this recipe is a testament to the simple yet rich flavors of traditional Mexican cooking.

Mexican Brown Rice and Beans Fiesta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 210 kcal
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • 200 grams (7 ounces) brown rice
  • 400 grams (14 ounces) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 800 milliliters (27 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 grams (0.35 ounces) cumin powder
  • 5 grams (0.18 ounces) chili powder
  • 5 grams (0.18 ounces) paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Method of Preparation

    1. In a large pot, sauté onions and garlic until translucent.
    2. Add brown rice, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and vegetable broth.
    3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered until rice is tender.
    4. Stir in black beans and cook until heated through.
    5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Rinse brown rice before cooking to remove excess starch.
  • Add a bay leaf to the rice for an extra layer of flavor.
  • For a spicier dish, include diced jalapeños or a dash of cayenne pepper.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of bean?

Absolutely! Feel free to use pinto beans, kidney beans, or any other type of bean.

How can I make this dish vegan?

This dish is already vegan-friendly, making it perfect for a plant-based diet.

Can I store leftovers?

Yes, this dish can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.