7 Easy Recipes Using Rice and Beans

When the funds in your grocery account are running low, rice and beans are the way to go. The dinner staples are a classic for a reason: Beans and rice are cheap and easy, and they’ll fill you up without breaking your bank. What’s more, if prepared correctly, beans and rice can prove quite nutritious, as the protein and fiber from the beans paired with the fiber and vitamins from the rice help yield a match made in health heaven. Check out these seven recipes that help you make your favorite cheap meal at home and prepare to look forward to the budget-friendly dish.

1. Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice

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Our first recipe comes from A Couple Cooks, and it yields a vegetarian red beans and rice dish that makes up for in flavor what it lacks in meat. This dish works for those who are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, and while its ingredients list looks long, it really is only made up of veggies, legumes, and a handful of Cajun spices. You can mix and match these spices as you wish, and also improvise with your spice drawer. As long as you go for brown rice rather than white and cook up some red kidney beans, you can’t go wrong with this dish that is both waistline and wallet-friendly.


  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 stalks celery
  • ½ green pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans (3 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley, to garnish
  • Hot sauce, to garnish

See the recipe directions at A Couple Cooks.