Spicy Beans and Grains

Salsa, rice and beans, oh my! Look no further for a deliciously filling vegetarian meal that the whole family will love.

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Recipe by Alexandra Caspero MA, RD

Salsa Ingredients

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Rice and Beans Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 (15 ounce) no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup thawed frozen corn, no-salt-added
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 pouches Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Medley Brown Rice and Quinoa
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) fresh lime juice


In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for the salsa; set aside. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the red bell peppers and cook, stirring often, until softened. Stir in the beans, corn and jalapeno pepper. Cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until hot. Meanwhile, heat rice as directed on package. Stir rice into bean mixture. Continue to cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer until heated through and ingredients are combined. (Add 1-2 tablespoons water to keep rice and beans moist, if needed.) While the rice and bean mixture are cooking, whisk together the remaining lime juice and sour cream. Divide grain mixture evenly among 6 plates. Divide salsa on top and drizzle with sour cream-lime mixture. Serves 6.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: About 1 cup

CALORIES 348; TOTAL FAT 8g; SAT. FAT 2g; CHOL. 7mg; SODIUM 536mg; CARB. 57g; FIBER 13g; SUGARS 5g; PROTEIN 13g; POTASSIUM 824mg

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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.

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