Black Bean Brown Rice -Gluten Free

I needed a healthy side dish to offset the main dish I was preparing for tonight’s dinner. Black Beans are very nutritious and from what I read, also is full of fiber, cholesterol reducing and an antioxidant. Plus, they taste so good and they are really inexpensive (dried). I soaked the dried black beans overnight (you can always used canned).


1 tablespoon of butter

1/4 cup of onions, diced

1 cup of uncooked brown rice

1 (14.5) oz of canned chicken broth ( or vegetable broth)

1/2 cup of water

1 cup of dried black beans (or 1 15 oz can rinsed and drained)

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cumin powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Soak black beans overnight (if you are using canned, omit this step and just rinse and drain the beans)
  2. Soak uncooked brown rice
  3. Saute onions in butter until translucent in a pot with a lid
  4. Add drained brown rice, chicken broth, water, black beans (drained), salt, cumin and garlic powder
  5. Bring mixture to a boil and then cover and set on low-simmer
  6. Cook until rice and beans are soft (about 20 minutes)
  7. Mix in fresh cilantro

If you do not want the rice to become colored, you can boil the black beans separately and mix it in during step 7.


Black Bean Brown Rice





Filed under Gluten Free/ Gluten Free Suggestion, Rice, Side Dishes

8 responses to “Black Bean Brown Rice -Gluten Free

  1. Rice has been my go to for replacing pasta in any dish since going gluten free. This would be perfect with chicken!

    • I totally agree! I was actually thinking of varying this dish by seasoning some uncooked chicken breast and adding it to the rice and beans while it was cooking (or adding cooked chicken at the end) for a one-pot complete meal. Thank you for visiting my blog! Happy Cooking!

  2. Wow what a great and healthy alternative to those who loves rice like me, thanks for sharing this recipe

    • My family always eats rice and now that I am married, I find that I don’t cook it as often as I like. I am definitely keeping this dish, in my cooking rotations. Thank you for visiting my blog and Happy Cooking!

  3. Hey Samina.. Another wonderful recipe again. I’m not a huge black bean fan but I will try this

    • Thank you BabyGirl! Beans in general, is something I am trying to get used to eating, so I know what you mean. The spices is what makes me really love this rice and I am already thinking of different variations to this. Have a great evening and Happy Cooking!

  4. This is a nice dish for whom, who want to loose weight. This is looks like a very popular dish in Vietnam. But we just use brown rice, black bean and salt. Brown rice taste good and black beans smells good. :q Love it.

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