Skillet Rice and Beans topped with Creamy Avocado

A simple, crowd pleasing dish... perfect on its own or with an additional protein

Savory, Cozy and Delicious!

Busy days call for simple, crowd pleasing dinner.  Enter longtime favorite, Skillet Rice and Beans.  It’s simply rice & beans cooked up with sautéed onion, vegetable broth and lots of yummy spices, mixed with toasted corn and fresh tomato salsa. Easy to make, fresh and flavorful.

The family likes it with grilled chicken. My favorite way to eat it is over a bowl of lettuce and topped with creamy avocado.

Savory, cozy and delicious no matter how you enjoy it!

Recipe adapted from Test Kitchen.

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Skillet Rice and Beans topped with Creamy Avocado


Skillet Rice and Beans
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A simple, crowd pleasing dish perfect on its own or as a side dish. Fresh, savory and cozy, this dish can be prepped ahead and heats up well.... just keep tomato salsa separate and add with serving. Shown here over a bed of lettuce and topped with creamy avocado. Recipe adapted from America's Test Kitchen's Best Mexican Recipes magazine ,
Recipe type: Dinner, Sides, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Serves: 4-6 approximately 6 servings
Toasted Corn
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen, thawed corn kernels, organic if possible
Rice and Beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
Tomato salsa
  • 1 - 1½ cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Toasted Corn
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally until kernels begin to brown and pop, approximately 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and set aside.
Rice and beans
  1. In the same medium saucepan, heat oil and saute onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt.
  2. Add in garlic, cumin, coriander and oregano, mix well and cook about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  3. Add in broth, rice and beans. Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and rice tender.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Gently fluff rice with a fork.
  7. Add in toasted corn and mix gently.
Tomato Salsa
  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, lime juice and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Sprinkle tomato salsa over rice and beans and serve.

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