Spanish Rice and Beans

This easy vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and is a great source of complete proteins!

Spanish rice and red beans on a plate with a blue background - This easy vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and is a great source of complete proteins!

I’ve been on the hunt recently for some really easy side dishes. Because although I’m literally cooking all day long as a food blogger, dinner tends to become an afterthought. Let alone a complete dinner with, you know, side dishes.

And since you can’t go wrong with rice, today we’re making an easy Spanish Rice and Beans recipe that whips up quickly (but tastes like it’s straight from your favorite Mexican restaurant!)

And the best part about beans and rice? When you put them together they become a complete protein, meaning together they contain all the essential amino acids you need! Step aside, steak, there’s a new protein powerhouse in town 💪🏽

Spanish rice and red beans on a plate with a blue background - This easy vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and is a great source of complete proteins!

Spanish Rice and Beans Ingredients

  • Rice: White or brown both work in this recipe.
  • Onions, garlic, broth: We’ll cook the rice in these flavor makers for maximum tastiness.
  • Salsa: Jarred salsa is going to cut down on time and ingredients needed. Use your favorite brand!
  • Beans: We used kidney beans, but feel free to substitute any red or black bean for this recipe.
Spanish rice and red beans on a plate with a blue background - This easy vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and is a great source of complete proteins!

How to Make Spanish Rice and Beans

  1. Toast Rice: Toasting the rice before simmering will give it a nuttier flavor while preventing it from becoming mushy.
  2. Cook Rice: Saute your onion and garlic with the rice, then add in veggie broth and cook until the rice is fluffy and tender.
  3. Add Salsa: Stir in your favorite canned salsa.
  4. Add Beans: Finish by stirring in a drained and rinsed can of beans.
  5. Enjoy: Serve warm with your favorite Spanish-inspired dishes!
Spanish rice and red beans on a plate with a blue background - This easy vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and is a great source of complete proteins!

Serve this beans and rice with:

Spanish rice and red beans on a plate with a blue background - This easy vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and is a great source of complete proteins!

Spanish Rice and Beans

This easy vegan Spanish Rice and Beans recipe is quick to whip up and is a great source of complete proteins!

Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword red beans and rice, spanish rice and beans
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Cinco de Mayo
Time 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 359 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp oil 30 mL
  • 2 cups dry white rice 350 g
  • 1/2 cup white onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 720 mL
  • 1 cup salsa 240 g
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed, 425 g

Instructions

  1. Toast Rice: Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium/high. Add rice and toast until the grains begin to turn golden brown, stirring often, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add Flavor Makers: Reduce heat to medium and add onion and garlic, continuing to cook until onion is soft.
  3. Cook Til Tender: Add broth, cover, and cook until rice is tender and broth is absorbed. About 15 minutes.
  4. Finish: Stir in salsa then beans and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Spanish Rice and Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.2g 11%
Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
Sodium 810mg 34%
Potassium 583mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 62.6g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6.5g 26%
Sugars 3.3g
Protein 11.4g 23%
Calcium 4%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I first published a version of this recipe over on Amanda’s Cookin’, where I’m a contributor. Thanks so much for dropping by and for making recipes like easy Spanish Beans and Rice possible!

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