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15-Minute Mexican Beans & Rice

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Mexican Beans & Rice is a hearty and healthy side dish that comes together in about 15 minutes thanks to basic pantry staples and frozen vegetables.

Mexican Beans & Rice

With Cinco de Mayo being just around the corner, you can add this fast and easy Mexican Beans & Rice dish to your May 5th menu without ever missing a beat.

Using instant brown rice, frozen spinach, frozen corn, canned pinto beans, beef broth, and prepared salsa, this is a dish that even the most novice cooks can set on the table with pride.

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Mexican Beans & Rice

The ingredient list:

  • instant brown rice
  • beef stock
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • pinto beans
  • fire-roasted jalapenos
  • frozen corn
  • frozen spinach
  • prepared salsa
  • ground cumin

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time believing that Cinco de Mayo is only a few weeks away.

This year has been flying by, and here in the Midwest where I live I think spring is finally going to unpack her bags and stay for a while (or at least I hope so).

Healthy Delicious 15 Minute Mexican Beans & Rice

Having said that, I’m anxious to fire up our backyard grill, and in particular grill up some beef and chicken to wrap inside a few tortillas and serve them along with this dish of Mexican Beans & Rice.

Or, if you’d like to make this as more of a dinner entree, why not add cooked beef or chicken (i.e. leftovers) right into the beans and rice for an amazing one-pot wonder? Now we’re really talking fast and easy!

The easy instructions:

  • Bring beef stock (seasoned with salt and pepper) and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in the instant brown rice.
  • Cover and remove from heat until the liquid is absorbed.
Mexican Rice and Beans
  • Stir in 1 can pinto beans, fire-roasted jalapenos, prepared salsa, frozen corn, ground cumin, and frozen spinach.
  • Return to low heat and stir until the spinach and corn are warmed through.
  • Serve.
Mexican Beans and Rice Side Dish
Mexican Beans & Rice Side Dish
Mexican Rice and Beans

Mexican Beans and Rice

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Fast and delicious side dish with brown rice, beans, corn, prepared salsa and spinach.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 6 servings
Calories 189 kcal


  • 1 3/4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) pinto beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup prepared salsa
  • 1 can (3.5 ounces) fire-roasted jalapenos
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin
  • 1 cup frozen spinach


  • Bring the beef stock and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in the salt, pepper and rice.
  • Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and allow the rice to absorb the liquid.
  • Once the liquid is absorbed (approximately 7-10 minutes), return the pan to medium/low heat and stir in the beans, corn, salsa, cumin, jalapenos and the frozen spinach.
  • Stir to combine and heat through.
  • Serve


Adding cooked beef or chicken is a great way to use up leftovers and turn this from a side dish to a 15 minute main course.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 664mgPotassium: 278mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3269IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 3mg
Keyword fast and easy Mexican side dish, Mexican beans and rice
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Recipe Rating

cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling

Sunday 17th of April 2016

What an awesome flavor-packed rice dish! I love all the veggies!

Megan {Country Cleaver}

Saturday 16th of April 2016

This looks absolutely wonderful! I am always craving Mexican food!`

Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)

Saturday 16th of April 2016

I love how easy and simple this is. Great side dish! I can't wait to grill too.

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Friday 15th of April 2016

I can't believe it's almost Cinco de Mayo, either! You're definitely right that time is flying! Love the jalapenos in this dish - yum! This could serve as a main dish for me - or add it to a burrito!

Amanda | The Chunky Chef

Friday 15th of April 2016

Oh wow, that rice is definitely perfect for a fiesta!! Really cute pitcher too :D