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This quick and easy recipe for Black Beans and Rice is delicious! Made with sofrito, canned black beans and long-grain rice.
Black Beans and Rice
Serve these rice and beans as a meatless main dish with avocado or a side with steak, pork chops, grilled chicken, and more. My husband is half Puerto Rican, and rice and beans are his love language, so I make this delicious dish all the time! This healthy Black Beans and Rice recipe is similar to my Cuban Arroz Congri, with a few differences. They’re so easy to make and always a hit. A few more of my favorite Latin bean recipes are Dominican Beans, Arroz con Gandules, and Mexican Pinto Beans.
Are black beans and rice healthy?
Rice and black beans both have protein, and beans are full of fiber. Paired together, they provide a very filling meal. One serving has 6.5 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fiber. They also both have a variety of vitamins and minerals.
- Sofrito: Sofrito is a sauce made of onion, peppers, and garlic that I use in so many stews, beans, and meat dishes. I like to make a big batch and freeze it in ice cube trays, so I always have some available.
- Black Beans: Using canned beans saves time.
- Rice: Buy long-grain white rice.
- Water to cook the rice and other ingredients in
- Sazon: Sazon is a Latin spice blend with achiote, coriander, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. The achiote is what gives the rice the yellow color. You can make homemade sazon or purchase a packet at the supermarket.
- Bouillon: For vegetarian choose vegetable bouillon, but chicken will also work.
- Salt to flavor
How to Make Black Beans and Rice
- Cook the Sofrito: Heat a medium pot over medium heat and pour in the oil. Add the sofrito and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
- Boil: Stir in the rinsed beans and rice and then the water, sazon, bouillon, and salt. Bring it to a boil over medium heat and let it cook until the liquid is almost absorbed and just skims the top of the rice.
- Simmer: Cover the pot with a lid and cook on low for 15 minutes. Remove it from the heat and let it sit for 5 to 8 minutes without lifting the lid.
How to Freeze Black Beans and Rice
Leftovers are good in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for a few months. Store them in smaller airtight containers for individual portions or larger ones to pull out for dinner for the whole family when you need a quick side dish. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and warm them on the stove or in the microwave.
More Black Bean Recipes You’ll Love:
- Quick Black Beans
- Cuban-Style Black Beans
- Brazilian Black Beans
- Instant Pot Black Beans
- Black Bean Soup
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- Heat a medium heavy pot with a tight fitted lid over medium heat and add the oil.
- Add the sofrito and cook until it melts and becomes fragrant, stirring 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the rinsed beans and rice and mix well.
- Add the water, sazon, bouillon and salt, stir and let it cook, boiling over medium heat until the liquid is almost all absorbed and just skims the top of the rice.
- Quickly cover the lid and cook low heat 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it sit 5 to 8 minutes more, without lifting the lid so the steam finishes the rice.
- Fluff with a fork and enjoy.
Tortilla Encrusted Chicken Tenders coated with seasoned crushed tortilla chips and served with salsa. An easy, family weeknight dish!
Tortilla Encrusted Chicken Tenders
I love this fun tex-mex twist on chicken tenders! It’s perfect with a Mexican corn salad or a black bean salad. Chicken tenderloins are easy to cook for weeknight dinners because there’s not much prep. They are already cut to the perfect size so all you have to do is bread them and bake or air fryer. If you want more ideas for chicken tenders, try my Air Fryer Chicken Tenders, or these Pickle Brined Chicken Tenders.
This recipe got two thumbs up from my family. They are easy to make, and take less than 30 minutes – perfect for weeknight cooking! I crushed the tortillas in a ziplock bag and left it a little course for texture. The squeeze of lime on top and salsa for dipping, adds a fun Mexican-American twist to chicken tenders.
How do you get the breading to stick to the chicken tenders?
How To Keep Breading From Falling Off Chicken
- Pat the chicken dry.
- Dredge in flour.
- Dip in beaten eggs.
- Coat in the crumbs, pressing the crumbs with the back of a fork.
- Carefully transfer to a baking sheet.
More family-friendly chicken recipes:
- Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets
- Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets
- Pickle Brined Baked Chicken Tenders
- Buffalo Chicken Strips
- Sesame Encrusted Baked Chicken Tenders
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- 1 ¼ pound chicken tenderloins
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or gluten-free flour*
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3 1/2 ounces crushed tortilla chips*
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Olive oil spray
- 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
- 1/2 cup jarred salsa, for dipping
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Season chicken tenders with 3/4 teaspoon salt. Place flour on a shallow plate and egg in a medium bowl. Place tortilla chips, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, cumin, and pepper on another shallow plate.
- Dredge each tender lightly in flour, then egg (shaking off excess), then chip mixture. Lightly spray sheet pan with olive oil, place tenders on pan and spray the top with olive oil. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
- To serve: Place 2 tenders on each plate, garnish with cilantro. Serve with 1 lime wedge and salsa for dipping.
AIR FRYER Directions:
- Spray the chicken on both sides with oil. Air fry in batches as needed in a single layer 5 to 6 minutes on each side.
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Avgolemono Chicken and Rice Soup
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