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Caribbean red beans

Recipe Information

Servings 6
Preparation Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Total Time 2 Hours
Difficulty Intermediate
Main Ingredient Red Beans
Category Beans & Legumes
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Main Dish; Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Cook Method Boiling; Frying
Diet Low Fat; Low Cholesterol; Heart Healthy; High Protein; High Fiber; Vegetarian; Vegan


  • 1 1/2 cups dried small red beans or kidney beans, picked, rinsed, soaked overnight, and drained

  • 6 1/2 cups water 

  • 3 bay leaves 

  • 1 1/4 cups assorted brown rice, rinsed and drained

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil 

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

  • 1 cup vegetable stock or broth 

  • 1 tomato, cored and diced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 

  • 1 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce 

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 



  • Bring beans, 4 cups water, and bay leaves to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat, cover partially, and simmer 60-70 minutes until the beans are tender. Drain and discard the bay leaves.

  • Bring rice, one tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining water to a boil in a covered saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer 45 minutes until rice is tender. Set aside and keep warm.

  • Heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saut� onion, bell pepper, and celery 6-8 minutes until softened. Add and cook garlic one minute. Add allspice, cloves, cayenne, remaining salt, and black pepper, cooking for one minute.

  • Stir in cooked beans, vegetable stock, tomato, thyme, and hot-pepper sauce. Cook 6-8 minutes to heat through. Distribute rice among individual bowls and top with beans and cilantro.


Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 382 cal

  • Total fat: 9g

  • Saturated fat: 1g

  • Monounsaturated fat: 5g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 517mg

  • Carbohydrate: 63g

  • Fiber: 11g

  • Protein: 14g