Easy Black Beans and Rice


Quick and easy black beans and rice with onion, bell pepper, garlic, Tabasco, oregano, and white rice.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Black beans and rice is such a classic combination, especially in Caribbean or Southern cooking. There are probably dozens of ways to make it; this one is an easy recipe that cooks up quick and tastes great.

Now, if you are really serious about your beans you’ll soak dry black beans overnight and then cook them for an hour or two first, but then that wouldn’t be quick and easy. So we’ll save that approach for another recipe.

This recipe is better for a “the chicken is on the grill, what am I going to serve it with?” side dish, and uses canned black beans. By the way, my pal David recommends mixing some chopped up canned green olives, the ones with pimentos in them, for giving an additional boost to basic black beans and rice.

Easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6


  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (for added flavor you can substitute roasted red bell peppers or some chopped pimentos)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 16-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • A few dashes of Tabasco or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 heaping Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional Lime wedges and cilantro for garnish


1 Cook the rice: Cook rice according to package instructions. White rice usually takes 15 minutes to cook once the water is simmering, and 10 minutes to sit.

2 Sauté onions, bell peppers, garlic: Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high. Sauté onions and bell peppers for 3-4 minutes, until just beginning to soften, then add garlic and sauté a minute more.

3 Add beans, vinegar, Tabasco, then simmer: Add the black beans, vinegar and Tabasco or cayenne. Bring vinegar to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

4 Stir in rice and oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Rachel

    This has been my go to recipe for years. Thanks so much for all you’ve given us Elise!


  2. Big fan

    This is a very helpful recipe. I have a “go to” recipe for Puerto Rican style chicken (pan seared and then simmered in a “sofrito” made from scratch), and this give me an alternative to “arroz con gandules” (pigeon peas and rice).

    Love the splash of vinegar.

  3. Max T

    Maybe I am a dummy, but in step 2, when it says: “Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes”, I don’t understand what there is to boil, other than 2 tbls of vinegar, after having washed and drained the beans.

    I added a bit of water so that there was something to boil.

    Also, what’s the function of the vinegar, for flavor only? I would probably try again without the vinegar, if it’s only purpose is to add flavor.

    Yes, simmer the vinegar, which heat the beans. The acid in the vinegar intensifies the flavor of the dish, so I would not omit it. ~Elise

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  4. Latresha

    I also have dry black beans. Once I soak them overnight what is the next step. I dont have a pressure cooker. Do I boil them & then add them into the already cooked rice

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  5. Gloria Sumner

    Thanks for the great beans and rice recipes! I am German who is making rice and beans for 40 people for the first time. Our church has a welcome dinner for the migrants who come to a large local corn grower for harvest. Now I feel confident I will be able to make them feel like they are getting a “taste of home” and not some bland, unfamiliar dish!

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