Ranchero Bean Bowl

Here’s a delicious southwestern twist on a perennial favorite: rice and beans. Corn, black beans and diced tomatoes infuse this dish with mouthwatering flavor.

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Recipe by Alexandra Caspero MA, RD


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 pouches Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Spanish Style


Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the zucchini and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add in the chopped green pepper, frozen corn and chili powder, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until corn is cooked through. Stir in the black beans and canned tomatoes. While mixture is heating, heat rice in microwave according to package directions. To serve, place rice in the bottom of a bowl and top with vegetable bean mixture. Serves 6.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 2/3 cup rice and 1 cup vegetable and bean mixture

CALORIES 250; TOTAL FAT 4g; SAT. FAT 0g; CHOL. 0mg; SODIUM 526mg; CARB. 48g; FIBER: 10g; SUGARS 4g; PROTEIN 10g; POTASSIUM 866mg

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Alexandra Caspero
Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, CLT, is a registered dietitian and nutrition expert with a passion for health and wellness. Alex is a nationally recognized nutritionist and appears regularly on TV, print and social media. She was most recently featured in Runner's World, Men's Health, Fitness, Shape Magazine & Vogue. As the campus dietitian, director of wellness and adjunct instructor at University of the Pacific, Alex teaches what she preaches. Through innovative programs and services, Alex inspires students to become their healthiest selves. Her blog, DelishKnowledge, focuses on making whole-food eating deliciously simple. Alex also dishes out delicious tips to her thousands of social media followers.