one pot black beans & rice, Costa Rican style

This is a simple, comforting black beans & rice dish – a one pot meal full of flavors that remind me of a beautiful time in my life spent in a beautiful country!

Every bite reminds me of Costa Rica.  Of sunshine, and rain, buses and beaches… and memories of people I love.

If you can find Salsa Lizano, you will get the true taste of this dish.  If you can’t, feel free to leave it out and you will enjoy more of a classic, simple latin dish.  Just add some more seasonings, whatever you’d like, to spice it up!

Any way you make it, it tastes great!

one pot black beans & rice, Costa Rican style


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 of a small onion (about 1/4 cup) chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • salt, to taste (1/2 - 1 tsp or so)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Salsa Lizano, optional*


In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions for 5 minutes or so, until they are soft and translucent.

Stir in the garlic and sauté for a few seconds. Stir in the rice and and toast, stirring occasionally for a few minutes.

Pour in the chicken stock and the spices, and then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, stir in the beans, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.

Stir in the cilantro and Salsa Lizano*, and more seasonings, to taste, if desired.

This dish would also be great as a meal with a bunch of shredded chicken stirred in!

*Salsa Lizano is a traditional Costa Rican sauce... that is in an amazing flavor-world of it's own. Chock full of veggies, it is unlike anything I have found in the states. But if you can find it, it is so worth keeping in your pantry!

adapted from Miss in the Kitchen


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