Yellow Rice With Beans

Yellow Rice With Beans
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This yellow rice with beans is so tasty. It’s also both nourishing and visually appealing. I made it with brown rice, but you can choose to use white rice instead. Scroll down for more info regarding this..

This is an all in one stovetop recipe, which makes it so convenient and easy to make. It would make the perfect accompaniment to chicken, fish or other protein.

Or you can eat it as a main dish by itself. Just don’t forget to top it with some freshly chopped green onions for even more flavor!

What Makes This the Perfect Side (or main) Dish?

What you will appreciate most about this dish besides the flavor, is its convenience. This yellow rice and beans isn’t complicated at all to make.

It’s easy enough for anyone to make. And it can be left to quietly simmer, while leaving you free to prepare the rest of your meal.

Also, what makes this rice so amazing is the transformation from ordinary to colorful and eye-catching.

Turmeric: Adds Natural Color and Other Nutritional Benefits

Adds Natural Color

The beautiful yellow color of this rice is not from any artificial sources or manufactured colors. It comes from a natural source: the spice turmeric.

If you’ve ever looked at the various spices in any grocery store, turmeric is sure to have caught your eye. This is because of turmeric’s unique golden color.

There is also a similar colored spice called curry powder.

*Fun fact – curry powder actually contains turmeric as a main ingredient, hence the similarity in color*

Nutritional Benefits

I wouldn’t have known that turmeric is as nutritionally beneficial as it is without doing a little research on it. There’s definitely more to it than meets the eye.

First of all, turmeric is most often used to alleviate joint pain/arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it also aids in the treatment of many other ailments.

The Beans Can Be Omitted

What’s great about this recipe, is that you can leave the beans out if you want to. The beans are added in after the rice is already done. Therefore it’s up to you if you’d like to add them in or not.

Can Any Other Beans Besides Black Be Used?

This yellow rice with beans recipe calls for a can of drained black beans. But you can substitute other kinds of beans if you wish.

You can try substituting kidney beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, etc. They all should go well with the yellow rice. Or you can even leave the beans out completely.

Can I Use White Rice Instead of Brown Rice?

White rice should work well in this recipe also. Just keep in mind that white rice takes less time to cook than brown rice.

Brown rice usually takes around 45 minutes to cook, and white rice takes about twenty minutes less. And white rice also doesn’t need as much water as brown rice, since it takes less time to cook..

Whichever rice you use, make sure to go by the water amount and cooking time for 1 cup of rice. You can usually find it listed on the back of a bag or box of rice.

How to Make This Yellow Rice and Beans..

  1. The first thing to do is boil the water/vegetable broth, extra virgin olive oil, and salt first.
  2. After the water comes to a boil, it’s best to turn down the heat before adding in the rice and other seasonings.
  3. After bringing the water back to boiling, you will then cover the pot and turn down the heat to low. After that, it’s time to let the rice cook. This will take around 45 minutes.
  4. After the rice is done, no water should be left in it. You don’t want mushy rice. If you need to – let the rice cook for an extra minute or so until the water is completely evaporated.
  5. After the rice is done, you can then add the beans on top right after. Make sure the beans are heated beforehand. Then let the rice sit covered for 5 minutes to steam.
  6. The last step is to fluff the rice and beans together. Then you can add a little more salt if desired. (Optional – top with chopped green onions before serving. It adds so much flavor).

Yellow Rice With Beans Ingredients

Here is the relatively short list of ingredients that you will need to make this rice and beans recipe.

  • Water
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Vegetable Broth or Water
  • Uncooked Brown Rice
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • 15 oz Can Black Beans (Drained and Rinsed)

I hope you enjoy this yellow rice with beans recipe as much as I do. Have a blessed one!

yellow rice with beans

Yellow Rice With Beans

This flavorful yellow beans and rice is the perfect side dish to add to almost any meal. Or it can even be eaten as a main meal.
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 184.96 kcal


  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water *Use unsalted broth if you have any sodium restrictions*
  • 1 cup brown rice (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt **Start out with the 1/2 tsp of salt. You can add in a little extra later on (to taste) if you want to**
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed) You can leave the beans out if you wish


  • Add the water, broth, salt, and extra virgin olive oil to a saucepan. Bring it to a boil on high heat.
    Turn the heat down to low, and then add in the rice along with the garlic powder, onion powder, and turmeric powder.
  • Turn up the heat to high again to bring the water/rice to a boil, then cover the pot; and turn the heat down to low.
    Allow the rice to cook for 45 – 46 minutes* or until any excess water is gone (evaporated).
    **Depending on the brand of rice you use, the cooking time may be shorter/longer. But overall, you want all of the liquid to be gone**
  • *After the rice finishes cooking, heat the beans for a couple of minutes in the microwave (or on the stove). Then immediately add the heated beans on top of the cooked rice*
    Cover the rice for five minutes, so the rice can steam a little and be more fluffier. Afterwards, fluff the rice and beans together. Add a pinch more salt if needed..
    *Optional – For optimal flavor, serve the rice topped with freshly chopped green onion before serving*
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