Chili Beans with Rice

Chili Beans with Rice
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking dry beans time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

If employing dry beans, older beans may take longer to cook to become tender. If you rob the dry beans for several hours ahead of day, they will require less cooking time.


  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 cups (1 pound) dry pinto beans OR 4 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  •  1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (cooked, canned), sliced (Note concerning the tomatoes and jalapeño pepper: my mother will substitute these on occasion with a cup of Pace brand salsa – works fine)
  • 1 14-ounce can of crushed or whole peeled tomatoes


1 If dry beans, cook the beans :( If canned beans, this .) the pinto beans into a large pot and with 3 inches of water( about 3 quarts of water ). Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a and to a simmer. Simmer, , for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender.

2 Cook the rice : While the beans are cooking cook the rice according to the instructions on the rice package. a Tbsp of butter to the rice while it is cooking for flavor.

3 Saute the onions : In a large skillet, saute onions 2 Tbsp of olive oil until translucent on medium , about . the garlic and chili and cook for a minute more. Remove from pan to a bowl, setting aside.

4 Brown the meat : Increase the to and the meat to the pan. cook for a minute or two without moving so that the meat browned, then turn to brown on the other sides.

5 Combine meat and onions, add tomatoes and jalapeno : Add back the onions and garlic. for spiciness and more chili if . Add of tomatoes. Add sliced Jalapeno pepper. Add chopped parsley. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of to counteract the of the tomatoes.

6 Add the cooked beans : Once the beans are cooked, drain them. the beans to the meat and onions, another teaspoon of salt to the beans as they go in. Simmer for 5-10 , and more salt if needed to taste.

Stir in cilantro right before , or sprinkle on top. Serve over rice or with warm corn tortillas.