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Rice and beans in a yellow bowl topped with cheese
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Mom's 20-Minute Red Beans and Rice

This super easy rice and beans is ready in only 20 minutes and can easily be adapted with your favorite toppings!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Red Beans and Rice, Rice And Beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 188kcal
Author The Seasoned Mom


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef or can substitute with ground turkey or chicken -- *SEE NOTE for a vegetarian option!
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 4.5 ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1 15 ounce can pink beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • For serving: cooked rice; shredded cheddar cheese; sliced green onions; sour cream; hot sauce


  • In a large skillet, brown meat with onion and garlic. Drain.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve with rice. Top with cheese, sour cream, green onions, and/or hot sauce.


*For a vegetarian option, replace the meat with an additional can of beans.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 5.1mg