Cheesy Black Beans and Rice


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
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Cheesy Black Beans and Rice

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Everyone's Favorite Mexican Recipes
Keyword: beans, black beans, rice, side
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 379kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 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


Serving: 1g | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.1g | Protein: 16g | Cholesterol: 23.5mg | Fiber: 7.9g | Sugar: 1.7g
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10 comments on “Cheesy Black Beans and Rice”

  1. I didn’t read the recipe right and put the beans in the rice cooker too. It worked and was delicious. I served it with tortillas and normal burrito fixings. Everyone loved it!

  2. This is really good I put a dollop of sour cream on top yymmy!!!

  3. This looks awesome. Do you happen to know how many carbs and fiber are in this recipe?

  4. OMG! You have the BEST recipes! I’m so thankful to have come across your page!!!! I can’t wait to try this….I’d even top it off with some grilled chicken cubes! YUM!!!

  5. Oh my goodness – this has my name all over it. I am kind of obsessed with mexican food, and this is so simple & easy. Thank you, thank you!!

  6. This is a favorite of mine also! Love your recipe!