Mexican Beans and Rice Recipe
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Mexican Beans and Rice Recipe

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On cold or rainy days, this comforting dish really fills the tummy. Sometimes I switch up pinto beans for kidney beans or use white rice instead of brown. Add rolls and a green salad, and it's dinner! —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, ON
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 354 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 549mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 12g fiber), 15g protein


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, green pepper and onion; cook and stir until tender.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, beans, rice, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 7-9 minutes or until heated through. Top with cheese, sour cream and green onions. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Mexican Beans and Rice in Healthy Cooking August/September 2011, p54

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Great foundation recipe. I added garlic, black beans ,and chilies, doulbled chili powder, doubled veggies, added a drizzle of avacado oil,and used basmati rice. Outstanding!"

Reviewed May. 14, 2014

"This was delicious! We used white rice instead of brown and tomatoes with chiles. Next time I'd like to try it with pinto beans. Also, subbed soy sauce for Worcestershire since I was out."

Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"I thought this was easy and delicious. I added jalapeños to the veggies and we ate it with garlic bread. So good."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"Definitely easy to fix. Tasted pretty good. Some garlic, hot sauce, and maybe some green chiles could punch up the flavor a bit. Very healthy with all of the veggies and brown rice."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"I found this recipe to be unpleasantly wet and gloppy and without any actual 'mexican' flavor. Even after adding more chili powder, cumin and finally a packet of Sazon, it just tasted like bland rice which i was never able to get to dry out sufficiently. Will not make again."

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