Cajun Black Beans and Rice is a tasty side dish made with beans, vegetables, rice and hot sauce to give it a little kick.
It's Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday as it's commonly known! Time to party it up Carnivale-Style before abstaining from certain fatty foods, drink and habits during the six weeks of Lent.
I'm a novice when it comes to creole and cajun style cooking as I didn't grow up in the south and my family didn't cook with many of the flavors associated with that style of cooking either.
So I wanted to ease into the process this year by making a simple Cajun Black Beans and Rice dish to celebrate. Many times before I try a new recipe I'll search for it online.
I find three to five different recipes just to get the gist of what goes in it so that I can pull out the parts I think me and my family will like and try to replicate the flavors.
Now as most of you know, most cajun rice recipes call for peppers, but you will not see any in here because we don't like peppers. Any of them! Raw. Cooked. Hot. Sweet. Nothing.
You may or may not have noticed that the only thing I make with peppers is Sausage and Peppers and even when I eat that, I don't eat the pepper or onion part. I just like it for the flavor. See, everyone has their little quirks!
How do you make Cajun Black Black Beans and Rice?
For this recipe you'll need minute white rice, black beans, EVOO, scallions, plum tomatoes, garlic, dried oregano and thyme, and your favorite hot sauce. I opted to use minute rice to make this meal a lot quicker, but you can use long grain rice if you have the extra time.
Start by cooking the rice according to package directions. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick skillet; then add the scallions, tomatoes, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt and hot sauce.
Sauté until the tomatoes start to soften; then add in the cooked rice and beans. Mix well and adjust your seasonings as needed. If you like your food a little spicier, add more hot sauce.
This Cajun Black Beans and Rice recipe was REALLY GOOD! Don't get me wrong, but just a little too hot for my liking. If you don't like your food spicy, I suggest starting off with 2 teaspoons of hot sauce, then add more if you like your food with a kick! ~Enjoy!
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Cajun Black Beans and Rice
- Cook rice according to package directions.
- Heat the oil to a large, nonstick saute pan, then add the scallions, tomatoes, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt and hot sauce.
- Saute until the tomatoes start to soften, then add in the rice and beans.
- Mix well and adjust your seasonings as needed.
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