Black beans and rice seemed like an appropriate title, but black beans and spiced rice would probably be even more apt. Unlike when I made black beans on the old blog, this recipe has more detail and more yummy. So let’s do this.
Black Beans & Rice
Prep: 5 minutes ♦ Cook: 30 minutes ♦ Difficulty: Easy ♦ 6 Servings
Gather: 2 cans black beans (1 drained, 1 as is), 1 can (or 1 ¾ cup) chicken broth or veggie stock, 4 slices bacon, 1/2 onion, 2 carrots, 1 jalapeño, 1/2 green pepper, 1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup salsa (I used a mixture of Garlic Lime Verde and traditional salsa), 1 pepperocini, 1 green onion stalk, 1/2 shallot, 1/4 cup water, 1 cup jasmine rice, olive oil, 2 fresh basil leaves and 2 cloves garlic. For seasonings I used my go-to salt, pepper and red pepper flake.
Begin by chopping up your bacon and cooking over medium heat. I use kitchen shears (aka meat scissors) to make the process easier. As always, pepper your bacon for additional deliciousness. While that’s cooking chop, dice and julienne your veggies accordingly. Set aside the basil and green onion for garnish.
In a separate pot with a tight-fitting lid bring chicken broth/veggie stock and water to boil. Add olive oil and a pinch of salt, then rice and seasonings. Allow the rice to boil uncovered for one minute while stirring. After that minute, lower the temperature down to low and put the top on. In 2o minutes you’ll have fluffy-perfect, spiced rice.
Your bacon should be just about done. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. Pour out the vast majority of the bacon fat, but use that same pan to sauté your veggies. Begin with onion and garlic. Once they’ve begun to caramelize, add carrots and so on.
Then add beans. One can should be drained and rinsed, the other should go straight in. Add salsa, too and give everything a good stir.
Allow to cook without a lid for another ten minutes. I usually take that time to get some dishes done and imagine what it would be like if dishes washed themselves. Just until the rice is ready.
Then scoop some beans on top and garnish with your bacon, basil and green onion. Success!
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