Super Simple Beans and Rice

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beans and rice

   I share a lot of  frugal living tips and budget friendly recipes here so I thought I’d share the most frugal recipe of them all: beans and rice. I actually really enjoy beans and rice which is good since it’s so easy and cheap to make. This version has chicken, but you could always omit that to save even more. I love it because it’s easy, filling and good for you! So here’s my version of this extremely frugal and versatile dish. I would normally add a can of Rotel (diced tomatoes and peppers), but I didn’t have any on hand this time.


Super Simple Beans & Rice

serves 4-6

2 cups dry instant brown or white rice

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can corn, drained

1 onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1-2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

1/4 cup shredded cheddar

salt to taste


Step 1: Cook rice

Step 2: Sauté peppers and onions

Step 3: Mix all ingredients and eat with tortilla chips!

I hope you will try this easy and frugal recipe because it really is tasty! Do you eat beans and rice? If so, what do you add to it? I’d love to know!


Super Simple Beans and Rice

Black beans, rice, corn, bell peppers and cheese all mixed together and served hot.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beans and Rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 295kcal


  • 2 cups dry instant brown or white rice
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1-2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar
  • salt to taste


  • Cook rice per box instructions.
  • Sauté peppers and onions over medium heat until soft.
  • Mix all ingredients and enjoy!


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 678IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg


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  1. I love beans and rice and as a single mother, I LIVE off of this stuff and I'm always looking for different variations. I usually omit the meat - since it's just me - and substitute a diced sweet potato. Delicious! Just dice it, roast it in the oven with olive oil, butter and taco seasoning mix. So good.
  2. Thanks for sharing! Made this tonight and it was delicious. Being the New Mexicans that we are, we rolled it a tortilla with some homemade salsa and ate it as a burrito. Yum!
  3. my 11 year old daughter decided to make dinner yesterday and this is the recipe she came up with! She cooked it while I was at church with my older daughter with help from her Daddy. It turned out delicious and we all enjoyed it!
  4. We were issued a challenge by our church as part of a contentment project. I used your one chicken 5 meals recipies as my basic plan for our family of three adults. Our challenge was $2 per day per person. we had oatmeal for breakfast, peanut butter or leftovers for lunch and your chicken meals for dinner. certainly gave us a new perspective. Your chicken recipies helped. Loved the soup, chicken salad, casserole and beans. I would roast the chicken in the oven next time. Thanks again.
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