Black Beans and Brown Rice Extravaganza

This is a mainstay dinner dish that is as basic as they come and oh, so good. Just like my morning bowl of cereal, I’ve been eating this meal for more than three decades. This is also a great meal to serve when you’re having extra guests over for dinner.
Serve with healthy chips or warm corn tortillas.

  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 10 minutes
  • Serves 3 to 4


2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup water or vegetable stock

1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos

1 teaspoon red chili powder

2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 can water chestnuts, drained

1 cup corn: fresh, frozen, or canned

2 red, yellow, or green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

3 cups cooked brown rice

Salsa or tamari, to taste



Heat the beans with water, Bragg’s, and chili powder.

Chop vegetables and place in individual bowls.

To serve, place several big spoonfuls of brown rice onto large plates and ladle beans on top.

Add generous handfuls of chopped vegetables on top of the beans.

Add salsa or tamari to taste.



Drizzle with E2 sour cream (see page 00).

Use pinto or kidney beans in place of black beans.


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  • Cande

    My husband and I are enjoying this now and I can’t believe this yields 3-4 servings! More like 4-6! It’s so filling and delicious. The chestnuts makes it even extra special. I never would have thought to add chestnuts. Of course, my husband ate all of his while I’m still trying to get to half-way! You don’t even need chips or corn tortillas.

  • Kristen

    This was great on my college budget :)

    • Katie

      Right?? I make a variation of this all the time and it’s great (cause I’m trying to pay off student loans, so I don’t have too much extra $$ either)! Especially in Summertime.

  • Magz

    Can’t stop making this one. Def one of the best I’ve ever tried. Simply amazing.

  • Plant Based Nana

    My son has finally decided to go plant strong, and he and his fiance made this dish for me. It is a fabulous meal; the spices are perfect, and, of course, our cells are smiling when we indulge in these healing foods!

  • Minnesota Dave

    Tomatoes are an exception to most other vegetables in that they are actually healthiest when cooked, not raw. Cooking releases the main nutrient of tomatoes – Lycopene. I therefore would heat the tomatoes along with the beans.

  • Theresa Staryak

    Amazing! :-) This was the 2nd meal we made with Engine 2 recipes!! :-) so fresh too

  • Susan Spilker

    I love this dish, creamy, crunchy,sweet and savory. So good

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