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Categories: Recipes

One Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans


A recipe from Carlsbad Cravings

Are you looking for a flavorful addition your next Family Taco Night? We think you will really like this special (and easy) One Pot Cilantro Rice with Black Beans! It’s has all of your favorites – rice and beans. You can ‘t go wrong with this delicious side!

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins. | Total Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 4


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  •  jalapeno, chopped, seeded and deveined (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • A pinch of ground cumin
  • 1 cup long grained rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cup low sodium chicken broth (may sub vegetable broth)
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon mild diced green chilies (from 4 oz. can green chilies)
  • Freshly cracked salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add red onions and jalapenos saute 3-5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add garlic and cumin and saute 30 more seconds (adding more oil beforehand if necessary). Add rice and saute for a few seconds. Add beans, green chilies and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low (dial should be a little above lowest setting) and simmer, covered, for approximately 20 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring at 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in butter to melt (optional) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.

Want to make it even better? You can customize this rice by stirring in sour cream, cheese, etc. after cooking and garnishing with avocados, etc. You can also cook with a can of drained tomatoes.