Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl
Use the CrockPot to cook this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl and keep the kitchen cool. And this tasty meatless meal is also gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly!
When you live where it’s hot in the summer, using the slow cooker to cook amazing food without heating up the house is one of the best tricks I know. In fact, on my slow cooker site I feature Slow Cooker Summer Dinners each year, and this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Bowl would make a perfect summer dinner cooked in the CrockPot. It took me a couple of tries to get this recipe just right, and for the final version I had the wild idea of cutting up some cubes of string cheese and stirring them into the rice and beans mixture for the last 30 minutes of cooking time, so this is a spicy brown rice and black bean cheesy bowl. Everyone likes cheesy don’t they? I tested several versions of this out on my niece Kara and her family, and they gave the thumbs up to the version with cheese, but it’s definitely optional if you prefer it without the cheese.
I used two cans of diced green chiles in the brown rice and black bean mixture and it was a bit spicy, so if you’re making this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl for kids you might want to cut that down to one can. Of course, this is my Meatless Monday recipe for this week, and I love these kinds of Southwestern flavors in a Meatless dish. (To find more meatless recipes use the label Meatless Monday or take a look at Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index or my Meatless Monday Pinterest board.)
Chop up a small onion and put it into a slow cooker that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray, along with the minced garlic. (I used my Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker, but it could have been slightly smaller, or double the recipe and use a larger slow cooker if you’re doing Weekend Food Prep!) Rinse 2 cans black beans and drain well in a colander. (Or you can use 3 cups cooked black beans. I love cooking dried beans in the slow cooker and then freezing to use in things like this.) Add the beans to the slow cooker. Add two cans diced green chiles with the juice (or maybe just one can if you’re cooking for kids.) These are Anaheim chiles, don’t use jalapenos unless you really want it hot! Add 1 cup uncooked Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice, 1 can vegetable broth, ground cumin, Mexican oregano, and 1 packet Goya Sazon (optional, but good.)
Let it cook on high for 1 hour and 45 minutes, until the rice is mostly done and it looks like this. (If you have an older model slow cooker or use a different type of brown rice, your cooking time may be longer.) Then cut up six string cheese sticks into small rounds (or use 6 oz. cheese and cut into small cubes.) I liked using the string cheese because it was low in fat and easy to cut up. Stir the string cheese pieces gently into the rice and beans mixture and cook 20-30 minutes more on high. While that cooks, chop up green onions. (I used about a cup, because I love green onions.) Turn off heat, stir in the green onions, and it’s done.
Serve the Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl hot, with toppings such as salsa, sour cream, and avocado.
More Beans in the Slow Cooker:
Slow Cooker Beans and Legumes Photo Index Page ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Slow Cooker Vegan Brown Rice Mexican Bowl with Black Beans, Bell Peppers, and Poblano-Avocado Salsa ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Black Bean and Brown Rice Burrito ~ The Perfect Pantry
CrockPot Beans and Rice ~ A Year of Slow Cooking
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl
Cook this Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl in the slow cooker and keep your kitchen cool.
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 2 cans black beans (15 oz. each), rinsed well and drained (or use 3 cups cooked black beans)
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice (see notes)
- 1 or 2 cans diced Anaheim green chiles, 4 oz. each (This was just slightly spicy but you might only want one can if you’re making for kids)
- 1 can vegetable broth (14 oz.)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. Mexican oregano
- 1 small packet Goya Sazon (optional, but it adds a lot of flavor, see notes)
- 6 pieces Mozzarella string cheese (or use 6 oz. low-fat cheese and cut into small cubes; cheese is optional)
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1 cup, more or less to taste)
- For serving: salsa, diced avocado, low-fat sour cream
- Spray the inside of a 3-4 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.
- Chop up the onion.
- If using canned beans, rinse in a colander placed in the sink (until no more foam appears) and let the beans drain.
- Put diced onion, minced garlic, black beans, rice, vegetable broth, diced green chiles, ground cumin, Mexican oregano, and Sazon (if using) into the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 1 hour 45 minutes. (If you have an older model slow cooker or use a different type of brown rice, your cooking time may be longer.)
- Cut 6 sticks Mozzarella string cheese into slices (or cut 6 oz. cheese into cubes if not using string cheese.)
- Gently stir the cheese into the rice and bean mixture and cook 20-30 minutes more, or until the rice is done and the cheese is melting.
- Chop up desired amount of green onions.
- Turn off heat, stir in the green onions, and serve hot with salsa, diced avocado, and low-fat sour cream to add at the table.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl would be suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet and other low-glycemic diets. (Remember that dried beans are a limited food for South Beach, so if you’re actively trying to lose weight on Phase 2, use portion control.) This is too high in carbs for low-carb diet plans.
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