Friday, January 7, 2011

Black Beans and Rice Soup


Black Beans & Rice Soup

Down south there is a tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck. When I was growing up, my Italian family believed that eating lentils on New Year's Day would bring good luck in the new year. Personally, I believe that eating any beans or legumes is a good thing anytime, and if eating them New Year's Day bring you good luck, then that's just a bonus. Living in a city in which the majority of the residents are Latino, we eat a LOT of rice and beans. Life is good here, so I'd say we're pretty darn lucky! That being said, I made a huge batch of black beans & rice as part of my New Year's Day feast and we had a mess of them leftover, so I turned the leftovers into a soup by just adding 4 cups of beef stock.


Black Beans & Rice

Here's my recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp Adobo seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Directions:
Heat some olive oil (not the fancy kind, just a good kind) in a heavy pot (medium heat and saute the onions until soft.
Add peppers and saute for 2-5 minutes until they too are soft.
Stir in black beans, rice, and seasonings.
Add water and bring mixture to a boil.
Turn mixture down to a simmer for about 20 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
You now have black beans & rice.
*To make the soup add 4 cups of beef stock and simmer until heated through.

*Since I was using leftover rice & beans, I put the leftovers in a crock pot with the beef stock and let it simmer on low all day


Note: Those gorgeous tortilla chips pictured with the soup are Tostitos new Artisan Garlic and Black Bean tortilla chips. They are ridiculously good! GO GET YOURSELF SOME!

Enjoy!
Christina

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11 comments:

  1. I agree with you, we should eat more legumes year round not just on New Year's for luck
    moth me and my husband are a legume and rice lovers.
    your soup sounds perfect as a tummy warmer during winter :) thanks for sharing.
    hope you're having a wonderful day, Christina

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  2. This soup sounds so warming and hearty! Perfect for winter :)!

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  3. Hi Christina! I agree...beans anytime of the year are a very good thing! Isn't it amazing how great something as simple as beans and rice can taste? This looks so yummy. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a weekend full of laughter with those that you love.

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  4. Ooooh looks so hearty... I must admit I'm a bit of a bean fiend, I can't get enough !

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  5. Thanks ladies! I was glad to be able to turn this leftover side dish into a hearty supper!

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  6. My husband bought brown rice (which is a new ingredient to us here) and I was looking for a good recipe to use it. As we have legumes quite often, I must try this delicious looking soup. Thanks!

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  7. Hello Christina, and thanks for your comment.
    Your soup looks very tasty. And I agree, more legumes are healthier.

    Brindusa @ Cooking with my soul

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  9. This looks absolutely wonderful!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment!

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  10. Thank you for visiting me back Dima!

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