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Rice and beans, beans and rice–however you name it, this dish is a classic and a staple worth knowing how to make well.


  • 1 lb. black beans
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 (4 oz.) can pimento slices, drained
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain and rinse.
  2. In large, heavy-bottomed pot, stir together beans, green pepper, oil, onion, garlic, salt, and bay leaves. Cover with water, cover, and boil for 1 hour.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until beans are very tender, stirring occasionally, and adding water if needed (3-4 hours).
  4. Remove and mash about  of beans. Return to pot. Stir and heat through. Remove bay leaves and stir in lemon juice.
  5. Cook rice according to package directions.
  6. Serve over warm rice, garnished with pimento and lemon wedges.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 515; Total Fat 4g (5% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 1g (4% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV); Sodium 70mg (3% DV); Total Carbohydrate 100g (36% DV); Dietary Fiber 14.5g (52% DV); Total Sugars 4g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 22g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 10% DV; Iron 25% DV; Potassium 30% DV; Copper 100% DV; Manganese 70% DV; Thiamin 60% DV.
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