Gluten-Free / Vegetarian

Beet Black Beans and Rice


This week featured several meals from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine.  Don’t judge.  We had a one-year subscription to this magazine when we were first married and it was great.  We’ve held onto the issues and use them as monthly seasonal cookbooks as many of the recipes featured use fresh, seasonal ingredients.  In fact I would enjoy getting a subscription again… if anyone’s thinking they need gift ideas por moi.

This particular meal was what we ate for One-Dish Wednesday.  Thus we ate it on Wednesday.  I thought I had come up the name “One-Dish Wednesday” until I search engined it and found a Pinterest page with the same name….  Anyways, the original version is called Brazilian Black Beans but mine seemed more Central American by the time I had finished making it, partly due to the diced grape tomatoes and crushed red peppers I added.  I also halved the amount of dry beans because 1 pound is actually a lot of beans.  Or is it Alot of beans?

I would also like to point out to my family that this is a meal that all of us can enjoy in spite of our varied food requirements!

Beet Black Beans with Rice – PDF

Adapted from Brazilian Black Beans


  • 3 medium beets, scrubbed
  • ½ pound dry black beans, soaked the night before
  • 2 tbs. oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbs. crushed red peppers
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, diced
  • Cooked rice for serving

Place the beets in a large pot with the soaked beans, adding enough water to cover everything.  Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for about 1 hour.  Remove the beets and allow to cool before peeling and dicing them into small pieces.  Continue simmering the beans until they are soft.  When the beans are finished cooking drain off most of the liquid, reserving a ¼ cup.


Heat the oil in large pan.  Sprinkle coarse salt on the minced garlic and using the flat side of large chef’s crush them together to form a paste.  Fry the garlic with most of the green onion and cilantro, reserving some of both to add on top later.  Add the crushed red peppers and fry for 3-5 minutes.  Add the beans and their saved liquid to the frying pan and cook over medium for another five minutes.

Serve the beans next to the rice and top with the diced beets, tomatoes, and diced onions and cilantro.  Top with a crumbled or shredded cheese if you like.



12 thoughts on “Beet Black Beans and Rice

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  2. It makes for a really colorful dish.

    Question, how do I get Lane to try beets? He says he doesn’t like them.


    • Hi Barb. Hmmmm. Well, seeing as President Obama and the First Lady supposedly wouldn’t let them be planted in the Whitehouse garden some strong precedents (haha, no pun intended) have been set. That said, to me it’s all about how you cook them. My parents did a good job of getting us to like them. I think butter had something to do with it, and freshness – nothing beats (haha) a totally sweet tasting and creamy soft nicely boiled/steamed beet with some butter on it!

  3. You were correct with your first guess. It is ” a lot”. You can thank my 4th grade teacher for that. I remember her saying “If you only remember one thing from 4th grade Language Arts it should be this: a lot, not alot.” Makes me wonder what my students will remember that I said in 35 years… hopefully something in Spanish 🙂

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  6. I’ve got this little song going on in my head right now, ‘mmm mmmm mmmm!’ (you wouldn’t be able to decipher a tune without me actually singing into the computer screen… uh, actually, that wouldn’t make any sense either). Just trust me, I’m happy to see this black bean deliciousness. I love the idea of adding beets! It’s something I’d never thought of before but the combination sounds perfect. Trying this tomorrow, amigo!

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