Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans is the perfect side dish or vegetarian meal you can make in the crockpot with just a few ingredients.

This dish is super healthy and tastes great. I love using the crockpot or Instant Pot for my veggies, like cooking Sweet Potato and Baked Beans.

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans is one of the easiest and very budget friendly meals you can make. This can be a great side dish or a full vegetarian meal as it is very hearty and filling. I like to use this homemade recipe mixture as a burrito filling. All you have to do is add more protein, sour cream, cheese, salsa and lots of guacamole. I also like to serve this dish in bowls, pilled up with delicious fixings like Pico de Gallo, sour cream and sliced avocado.

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans Recipe

Tips and Tricks to make the perfect Slow Cooker Rice and Beans Dish:

  • I like to use black beans in this recipe, but you can substitute pinto beans as well.
  • If you prefer your food on the spicier side, feel free to add some chili powder to this dish.
  • I prefer to use chunky salsa in this recipe. It definitely has a better texture.
  • You can also add chopped jalapeños for a spicier kick.
  • A touch of lime zest will add freshness and great flavor to the dish.
  • Serve in bowls topped with sour cream, Pico de gallo, and avocado.
  • Serve as a burrito filling.

Can you put uncooked rice in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can. You can put uncooked rice to make soups or stews and also to make rice and beans.

Is rice and beans healthy?

They’re both budget-friendly and create a filling dish that’s low in fat and packed with complex carbohydrates. In addition, rice and black beans are high in protein and have at least 10 percent of seven vitamins and minerals.

Can I make Slow Cooker Rice and Beans with Brown Rice?

Yes, you can. You may need to add a little more broth, about 1/4 cup more. Check on rice mid-cooking and add 1/4 cup more if needed.

What can I eat instead of rice?

If you are looking to boost the nutrients in this meal, you can make it with quinoa. Quinoa is a popular superfood that it is easy to prepare and adds texture and crunchiness to many dishes. It is also very versatile and can be used in place of other grains in many recipes. Perfectly portioned servings cook in only 12-15 minutes and are very convenient to use. Quinoa and beans are such a great combo if you are looking for a healthy side dish!

Easy Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

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4.2 from 5 reviews
Slow Cooker Rice and Beans
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 people
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 3 hours 20 minutes Total time: 3 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 or 2 14 oz cans  black beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup  Arborio Rice 
  • 1 1/4 cups  vegetable broth or water 
  • 1 cup  chunky mild salsa 
  • 1 teaspoon  cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon  taco seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  chili powder  (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon  lime zest 


  1. Add rinsed and drained beans, rice, water, salsa, cumin, taco seasoning, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 3-5 hours.
  3. Check after 3 hours, stir and if needed add 1/4 cup of water more.
  4. Once ready, stir in lime zest.
  5. Top with homemade or store-bought Pico de Gallo and serve in bowls, topped with sour cream, avocado and extra Pico de Gallo.
  6. Or serve as a burrito filling!
  7. Enjoy!
Calories: 18 Carbohydrates: 4 Protein: 0 Fat: 0 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 408 Potassium: 135 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 235 Vitamin C: 0.8 Calcium: 16 Iron: 0.4 g
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Slow Cooker Rice and Beans is the perfect side dish or vegetarian meal you can make in the slow cooker with just a few ingredients.

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GiGi Eats

My husband and I have used our slow cooker - um, once? LOL!!!! We need to whip that baby out much more. But... He hates leftovers and I like fresh meals, hahahahaha! So maybe we just give it away? LOL!



With 3 boys to feed at home, I appreciate a delicious meal that's also budget friendly. Thank you!



Looks so good and nutritious. Love that you added avocado! :D I still have an old slow cooker here but it still works the same, might as well try your recipe..Thanks!


Lisa Favre

I am all up for anything made in the slow cooker. In fact, I gotta dust mine off because it's been awhile since I've used it. I'll likely be using your recipe for its re-use!


Jenn @ EngineerMommy

I am a huge fan of the slow cooker. Is there anything better than throwing a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker and coming back a few hours later to a warm, delicious meal. This rice & beans dish sounds so delicious!



I am always on the hunt for new slow cooker meals. With a large family, using the slow cooker allows me to prep the food while they are at school. Then we have the meal pretty much ready during the crazy evening hours.


Nutmeg Nanny

Love using my slow cooker! This made me remember how much I love rice and beans! Need to make this asap!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

I love using my slow cooker during this busy time of year. This looks tasty!


Delaney | Melanie Makes

I would love to have this for dinner!


Melissa Dixon

I love a good slow cooker meal and this looks great. I need to try this out, I love all of the colors. Like they say, make your plate a rainbow, that is the healthiest way to eat. I need to try to make this one soon for the family. Thanks for sharing!


Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

This sounds so good! I have got to try it out soon!



Oh my gosh - now I am starving - this looks delicious Gave away my crock pots - but thinking about getting a newer slow cooker - then I could try this!


Gemille Sleweon

What an easy recipe to follow. I’m a busy college student and slow cookers have saved my life when it comes to preparing meals for work and class. Thanks for sharing!



It's all my favorite things in one dinner! Yummy!


Bites for Foodies

This might sound crazy to some people but this is my all-time favourite comfort meal! I make this dish at least once a week - having that, never in a slow cooker!



This is a nice recipe that's recommended for those who are always busy to cook. Just leave it there and voila, you get a completely awesome meal that's delicious and nutritious.



Yummy! Useful information. Thanks for sharing


Alicia Taylor

I have always loved Vigo's Red Beans and Rice. I eat them with tortilla chips


Jenny A

Can't wait to try this. Looks amazing.



Can jasmine rice be used?




Samantha L

Can I use brown rice?



Can/how do you use dry beans in a slow cooker recipe like this. My family is anti-canned beans. Thanks!


The recipe is not intended to be made with dry beans.



What a great recipe! Instead of salsa (didn't have any) used rotel 1 can My husband and I both love this recipe!


so happy that you loved it!



Looks good, but I would like more nutritional information with recipes like protein, fat, carbs, fiber before trying.


each recipe has nutrition information at the end of the instructions.


David Maxwell

I have probably made this six times now. It is amazing! What I have started doing is adding bags of frozen vegetables to make it even more nutritious. Today I added a "gumbo starter mix" and "California vegetables". Thank you so much for posting this.


Thank you, David, for your feedback! I am glad you like this recipe, I am a big fan of it as well)))


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