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Mexican Beans and Rice

These beans are wonderful because of the extra vegetables.

If you like beans and rice be sure to try this recipe! It is wonderfully flavored with a variety of vegetables that will fill you up and put a smile on your face. 

I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but you can also find it online.

Stove Top

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $15.11 as of July 2022.

  • If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $10.12. 

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Equipment needed: deep skillet and rice cooker or large pot

Portion size: 1.5 cups

Cook time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. There is a savings of about $4.99 if you have a stocked pantry.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $4.99 as of July 2022

  • canola oil $2.99
  • chili powder $1.00
  • worcestershire sauce $1.00


Total: $10.12 as of July 2022

  • 1 bunch green onions $0.88
  • 1 onion $0.40
  • 1 celery stalk $2.36
  • 1 can kidney beans 15 oz $0.78
  • 1 medium green pepper $0.78
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 28 oz $0.98
  • 1 bag long grain rice $0.78
  • 1 block cheddar cheese $2.00
  • 1 sour cream 8 oz $1.16

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the skillet then add: celery, green pepper, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and sauté until soft. About 4 – 6 minutes. 
  2. Stir in the:
    • 28 oz can tomatoes
    • rinsed kidney beans
    • 2 cups cooked rice
    • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
    • 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and cover for 7 – 9 minutes. 
  4. Top each plate with a little cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Extreme Menu 1 – Family of 2

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