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Easy One Pot Beans and Rice

This has been a Southern staple for many years and there are many versions of it, depending on the area.  Makes about 4 servings.

Ingredients

•  2 Tbsp olive oil

•  1 medium onion, chopped 

•  1¾ cups chicken stock

•  1 tsp salt

•  ½ tsp pepper

•  1 cup uncooked rice

•  1 can pinto beans (15.5-ounce), undrained (or your choice of canned beans)

•  1¼ tsp hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

1.  In a large pot with a tight-fitting lid, add the olive oil and onion; sautè until onions are slightly tender,

 

2.  Add the stock, cover and bring just to a boil.  Then add the salt, pepper, rice and beans. Gently stir to

 

 

     combine; cover.

3. Turn the heat to the lowest setting, then simmer, without lifting lid, for about 20 minutes.  Gently fluff

 

 

    with fork.

 

 

Options

  •   Add  ¼ cup diced celery with the onion, sautè.  then add ½ cup cooked, chopped chicken with the rice and beans.

  •   Sautè ½ cup diced green pepper with the onion and add a can of diced tomatoes (drained) with the rice and beans.

  •   If you are a pork lover, add ½ cup chopped cooked pork, ham or bacon.  

  •   Adding black-eyed peas with the pork makes a version of Hoppin' John.

Tips

•  A side of collard greens and a pan of cornbread will make it a truly Southern meal.

KEYWORDS

rice and beans

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