BLACK BEANS AND RICE WITH ROASTED POBLANOS & GARLIC

Black Beans and Rice with Roasted Poblanos and Garlic - The First Messpin it!Black Beans and Rice with Roasted Poblanos and Garlic - The First Messpin it!Poblanos in the garden - The First Messpin it!
Most of the time, I just want black beans and rice. It’s comforting, easy to fix up a bunch of different ways, and it’s a naturally complete protein for all of the plant babes.

It’s also the brownest of brown food to ever brown food. Most of my very favourite foods (ie the ones that I weirdly don’t make here) are undeniably beige/brown and less glamorous like this one. But they’re so important! Plant-based doesn’t have to be a neon rainbow smoothie bowl with a jillion superfoods tucked in (even though those can be cool). Variations on this recipe and the root vegetable dal in my cookbook (casual plug lol) are the first things I crave when we get cool temperatures in the evenings again. Those more down-to-earth, naturally rustic vegan things are 120% my scene.

So this recipe is part of an ongoing effort to communicate that amazing plant-based food can be pretty chill and easy on the ingredient/cooking method front, but also so special if you put some love into it. Sometimes I just do my black beans and rice up with a quick sauté of onion, pinches of spices, the beans, rice, water, and then we wait. This one takes advantage of all the deep summer produce that we’re swimming in right now.

I roast a tray of poblanos, a hot chili, some sweet little tomatoes, white onion, and full cloves of garlic with freshly toasted cumin and coriander. This mix gets all golden and soft in the oven, and is then puréed into a “flavor paste” of sorts that we just scrape right into the pot with everything else from the very beginning of the beans and rice cooking process. I think you could make the paste ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for 5 days or so.

If you can’t find poblanos (I have a bunch in my garden right now that I can barely keep up with), I would use a bell pepper and maybe add an extra hot chili to the roasting tray. I typically eat my black beans and rice with some fresh greens and a little pile of cooked vegetables on top for that crucial balance.

Black Beans and Rice with Roasted Poblanos and Garlic - The First Messpin it!Black Beans and Rice with Roasted Poblanos and Garlic - The First Messpin it!Black Beans and Rice with Roasted Poblanos and Garlic - The First Messpin it!Black Beans and Rice with Roasted Poblanos and Garlic - The First Messpin it!

BLACK BEANS AND RICE WITH ROASTED POBLANOS & GARLIC
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SERVES: 4-6
NOTES: I bet you could make a delicious version of cauliflower rice with this. Just roast and purée the poblano, garlic etc., and then stir it into some cauliflower rice as you sauté it all in a large skillet. Add a couple splashes of water if the skillet seems dry. Voila!
-If you don’t have a spice grinder, simply use 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander instead, and skip the toasting step.
-I’m out of bay leaves, but if I had one, I would have added it to the pot at the very beginning along with everything else.

1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 poblano peppers
1 chili
½ medium white onion, sliced
1 cup grape/cherry tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon avocado oil
sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup brown basmati rice, rinsed
1 15.5oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ teaspoon coconut aminos or tamari soy sauce
2 1/4 cups filtered water
juice of 1 lime
handful of chopped cilantro

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small-medium soup pot or medium braiser-style pot, dry toast the cumin and coriander over medium heat until fragrant. Transfer the toasted spices to a spice grinder and grind until spices are powdered. Set aside.

Remove the stems and seeds from the poblanos and chili. Cut the peppers into rustic, 2-inch-ish pieces and place them on the baking sheet.

Place the sliced onions, tomatoes, and garlic cloves on the baking sheet as well. Toss the vegetables with the ground cumin and coriander, avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Slide the vegetables into the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and uniformly soft.

Let the vegetables cool slightly before transferring to a blender or food processor. Pulse the mixture a few times until you have a chunky paste. You’re just trying to avoid large pieces of garlic and chili. Scrape this mixture into the soup pot from earlier.

Add the rice, beans, tomato paste, coconut aminos, and water to the pot. Set the pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook the rice and beans for 40 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Check the pot and stir every 10-15 minutes or so. Add more water if necessary.

Take the pot off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes with the lid on. Then, remove the lid and stir in the lime juice, cilantro, and a good pinch of salt. Serve the black beans and rice hot.

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  • Jessie Snyder07/09/2017 - 1:28 pm

    I love love love this Laura! I’m all about the same, simple beans and rice dinners. Especially with the summer veg, I’m so jealous of your poblanos! Wishing I lived nearby to come take a few off your hands ;).ReplyCancel

  • Anne07/09/2017 - 5:39 pm

    I love your recipes. Please don’t stop creating new ones or stop blogging.ReplyCancel

  • Becky07/09/2017 - 7:19 pm

    Love the simplicity! Thanks LauraReplyCancel

  • Maria08/09/2017 - 12:13 am

    This is the rice dish of my dreams! Oh my word. This looks incredible. I have been eating all the poblanos I can get my hands on. I think thick-sliced and roasted portobello mushroom caps could go nicely too! I love that flavor combo together!ReplyCancel

  • HEIDI YALOWITZ LASSER08/09/2017 - 4:51 am

    This looks fantastic!
    What I especially like about this recipe is that it is practical and allows for practical variation.ReplyCancel

  • Marta Lee08/09/2017 - 5:40 am

    These are my favorite kind of recipes! I can almost taste that delicous roasted paste from here, hehe :) I’ll also try the cauliflower suggestion, it sounds perfect for the occasional lighter version.
    I’m also SO happy to say that I finally have your cookbook – my man got it for me as a surprise and just said “I knew you really really wanted this book <3 I can now confirm that it is my favorite cookbook (and that is saying a lot, believe me!) Thank you Laura, for all you share here and for the amazing, comforting, gorgeous recipes from your book [and for not having too much recipes with impossible-to-find ingredients]* Much love from Portugal :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Kelley08/09/2017 - 6:44 am

    Laura, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this! It’s like a sophisticated (yet, simple!!) version of the red beans and rice my mom used to make for me growing up. Thank you for sharing, and allowing me to take a trip down memory lane :) I will be making soon. xx, JessReplyCancel

  • Susan08/09/2017 - 10:47 am

    This recipe sounds wonderful. I love poblanos! But, since poblano is a type of chile pepper, it would be helpful if you specify what you mean by the ingredient “1 chili”. A jalapeño? A Serrano? A habanero? Chiles range from mild (like Anaheim) to very hot (like habanero). Sorry, I’m a bit of a chile geek because I live right on the border with Mexico.ReplyCancel

    • Laura08/09/2017 - 11:35 am

      I think the one that I used was a fresh cayenne pepper. You can catch a glimpse of it in the pics that show the roasting pan, but I’m fairly confident that’s what it was.
      -LReplyCancel

  • This is my kind of (Cali-style) comfort food!!ReplyCancel

  • Halli08/09/2017 - 11:53 am

    Hey Laura, I was wondering how I should use the one Poblano pepper growing in my garden this year. This is a perfect recipe for it, especially since some of my tomatoes are ripe now too!

    Thanks for sharing, it looks so good. Can’t wait to try it :)ReplyCancel

  • Thea Hudson08/09/2017 - 1:13 pm

    This speaks volumes to me!! Rice and beans are the ultimate in comfort foods, and this jazzed up chilli sauce really is taking it to another level. Laura keep on being the inspiration that you are, I always look forward to your posts and wise words XOReplyCancel

  • Caroline08/09/2017 - 2:44 pm

    Making this right now and the roasting veggies w/ cumin and coriander smell SO good. I recently have fallen victim to the colorful, instragrammy, way of eating plant based and I’m craving something more substantial. Making warming, happy, belly-filling food like this is why I love to cook (and eat!) plant-based! I’m happy to be going back. Quick newbie question though – for this recipe why did you choose to toast the whole seeds and then grind? Does it enhance the flavor of the spices that much more (i.e should I be doing this every time I use cumin and coriander?)

    Thanks for the reply!

    Best,

    CarolineReplyCancel

    • Laura08/09/2017 - 4:04 pm

      Thank you for this Caroline! If I can help it, I always toast whole spices and then grind them for my cooking. The flavour is miles away better for my own taste. I have a super cheap coffee grinder that I pretty much keep on the counter for spice grinding and it adds so much to my cooking. I would really recommend trying it!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Cassie Autumn Tran08/09/2017 - 2:51 pm

    Black beans and rice definitely are an amazing combination, PLUS they are a COMPLETE protein! :D This recipe with poblanos and garlic sounds and looks to die for! Love the deliciously roasted quality that each vegetable adds to this dish!ReplyCancel

  • carlos at Spoonabilities08/09/2017 - 2:58 pm

    Delicious!!
    It’s a very Latin influenced dish. Love itReplyCancel

  • Linda09/09/2017 - 8:45 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! This is my favorite kind of food too. Don’t hold back on the brown/beige recipes. As the other comments attest, there are a lot of us out here who find this food the yummiest. Even if the gourmet world doesn’t find it glamorous. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Allie10/09/2017 - 10:16 am

    I have your book, loving it! Which page are the variations on??ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek12/09/2017 - 6:44 am

    VERY excited about this recipe. It seems like the perfect thing to make this time of year! Let the roasting season begin :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kimberley13/09/2017 - 11:17 am

    In love with this. And yeah, I crave dal every week when it cools off too. You’re the best.ReplyCancel

  • Annie17/09/2017 - 9:35 am

    Hi Laura! Adding this to my meal plan this week… could I make the pablano roasted purée mixture ahead of time and store in the fridge for a few days before adding to the rice & beans for a week night dinner? Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/09/2017 - 10:38 am

      Yes definitely! The roasted poblano etc. purée will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
      -LReplyCancel

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