Cheesy black beans and rice

I was in 5th grade when I had my first cheesy black beans and rice. I was having dinner at my friend, Jennifer’s house and while I don’t remember what the main course was I do remember that I totally loved the side dish. I’m sure this is probably nothing like what she made but love this simple side dish and to think that it was inspired by a 5th grade dinner at a friend’s house!

Cheesy black beans and rice

Cheesy black beans and rice

The best part is actually not the cheese. GASP! Can you even believe that I just said that?! But really, it’s the flavorful rice that really carries this dish and it’s all thanks to one easy ingredient, tomatillo salsa. Or you can always use salsa verde if you want. We buy the tomatillo salsa at Costco, but really any of them will do.

Cheesy black beans and rice

Just cook the salsa with the rice and then pile on the beans and cheese and stick it under the broiler to get all melty. Or you could always use this totally awesome rice that my girl friend from Costa Rica taught me to make. Plus you can freeze the mixins so you can dump them in any time. Which is kind of awesome.

Are Black Beans the Same As Kidney Beans?

Kidney beans and black beans are different in color, size,taste and texture.

They are both  excellent sources of fiber and protein.

Kidney beans really can’t be substituted for black beans.

Can You Substitute Quinoa for Rice?

One cup of cooked quinoa has about 40 fewer calories than the same amount of white rice.

White rice has almost 15 times more grams of carbohydrates, and less fiber than quinoa.

Quinoa is a very good, healthy substitute for rice.

Cheesy Black Beans and Rice

Cheesy Black Beans and Rice

4.79 from 23 votes
Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 15 ounce can Black beans, rinsed and cooked
  • 3/4 cup colby jack or pepper jack cheese


  • Place the rice, salsa, water and salt into a rice cooker or saucepan.
  • Cook according to directions.
  • Heat the oven to 500 degrees or to broil.
  • Place the rice in a casserole dish, top with beans then cheese and cook until melted.
  • Serve immediately


will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator


Serving: 1gCalories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 59.1gProtein: 16gCholesterol: 23.5mgFiber: 7.9gSugar: 1.7g
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Everyone's Favorite Mexican Recipes

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