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.

This dish is super healthy and tastes great. I love using slow cooker 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 slow cooker 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 Slow Cooker Rice and Beans 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 Slow Cooker Rice and Beans in bowls, pilled up with delicious fixings like Pico de Gallo, sour cream and sliced avocado.

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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.

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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 super food 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 is such a great combo if you are looking for a healthy side dish!

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans
Easy 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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Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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, Sodium: 408mg, Potassium: 135mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 4.7%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 1.6%, Iron: 2.2%

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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.
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.
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.