Mexican Rice and Beans Recipe

Enjoy Mexican for dinner with this perfect side of rice and beans made with Success® Brown Rice, chorizo, black beans, tomatoes, chili powder and Cheddar cheese.

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Mexican Rice and Beans Recipe

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 35 mins


  • 2 bags Success® Brown Rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb chorizo sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can (19 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime wedges


  • Mexican Rice and Beans is a traditional side that pairs well with many traditional Mexican dishes. This quick, tasty version is no exception!

  • Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions, substituting chicken broth for water. Drain rice, reserving 1/2 cup of chicken broth.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook sausage for 5 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned. Stir in onions, jalapeños, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are slightly softened.

    Step 3

  • Add black beans, diced tomatoes and reserved chicken broth to skillet. Bring to a boil and stir in rice. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Divide rice among plates. Top with cheese, sour cream and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

    Recipe Tips

  • Our Mexican Rice and Beans make a great side dish for huevos rancheros. Or, this dish can also be used as a filling for burritos.

    Try garnishing this dish with some sliced avocado for added flavor, texture and color.

Mexican Classic

There are certain dishes that are classics for a reason. When it comes to Mexican cuisine, a side of rice and beans is always a good choice. It’s simple, delicious and pairs perfectly with many foods. Our version is particularly tasty because it’s made with Success® Brown Rice and is loaded with the flavors of chorizo, black beans, tomatoes, chili powder and melty Cheddar cheese.

Whether you are having a perfectly grilled steak, some sizzling shrimp fajitas, crispy flautas, or our saucy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Bake, you can be sure that this perfectly seasoned rice and beans dish will brilliantly complement your meal. Spend little time on this simple recipe and focus your chef skills on the main course. Simply cook the rice, brown the chorizo, sauté the veggies, put everything together, and serve. Yes, it’s that simple! Looking for a fun seafood option? Try our: easy shrimp fried rice.