One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans – Gluten Free

by Sharon on July 24, 2015

One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans

It seems that fun and interesting side dishes are few and far between. I know a lot of women (men too!) struggle to put something other than the usual potatoes or salad on the plate as a side. If this sounds like you, then say a warm, spicy welcome to this One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans.

One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans

I’m a HUGE fan of Mexican inspired cuisine. I love the fresh flavours, the hot sauces, the variety of veggies, the hot sauces, the quality protein, the hot sauces.

You get the picture. 😉 

This side dish is pretty easy to throw together also. I started by getting some Chili Lime Chicken in the oven.


One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans

Then I sautéed up my veggies in a saucepot, added the brown rice and beans along with some veggie broth and BOOM! Twenty minutes later you are in business. Sprinkle the rice and beans liberally with cheese, fresh cut green onions and a dollop of sour cream.

One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans

Don’t worry about it being to fiery for the kids either. I only added a bit of chili powder and cumin to this recipe. For those who like it a little spicier, the hot sauce bottle can be your friend. I mentioned hot sauces, right? 😉

One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans

Can I say a quick word about that cheese and sour cream? It’s a good idea to choose good quality, organic dairy products, local if possible. Supporting your local dairy farmers reduces your impact on the environment and will put  jobs and dollars back into your own community. That’s important, don’t you think?

OK, soap box time is over. Onto some yummy rice ‘n beans. 

One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans

Have yourselves a great weekend, everyone!

Yields 4-6

One Pot Mexican Brown Rice & Beans - Gluten Free
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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup brown rice, rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups of broth/water, divided
  • garnishes - shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add the onion, peppers, and celery along with some salt and pepper. Stir and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and keep stirring for another minute
  2. Add the spices, beans, rice and 1 cup of the broth/water. Stir really well and simmer, covered for about 25 minutes. Stir every five minutes or so and add more water or broth when needed. I used about 2 cups. Check the rice by taste testing to make sure it's cooked through and not crunchy
  3. Serve warm topped with shredded cheese, chopped green onions and sour cream.




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Erin May 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm
I'm trying this now. I added cooked chicken to it to make it a one pot meal. That was the only difference. It's taking way more liquid and time than what it took you. It was supposed to be done an hour ago but the rice still isn't cooked. Could adding chicken change it that much?
Sharon May 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm
Hmmm...not sure about that. I would have maybe just added the chicken at the end since it was already cooked. It may have hindered the water/rice ratio.

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