Dirty Rice & Quinoa with Black Beans

Recipe by: Dr. Vincent Esposito Ms, DC

This week on our delicious Fast & Easy, Weekly Meal Plans we’re eating dirty rice and quinoa with black beans.

We love this dish because the black beans and quinoa make it a high protein, low calorie, nutrient dense meal that everyone will love!

Serve with some homemade cornbread to bulk it up and make it more filling.

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Dirty Rice & Quinoa with Black Beans

Dirty Rice & Quinoa with Black Beans

Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4


  • 3 ⁄4 cup Brown Rice
  • 3 ⁄4 cup Quinoa
  • 1 15 oz. can Black Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 Red Onion diced
  • 1 head Garlic minced
  • 3 cups Water or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with juices
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • Olive Oil or Vegetable Stock for sautéing

For Garnish

  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Chopped Scallions
  • Hot Sauce


  • Rinse and chop the produce accordingly.
  • Set a pot to medium heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil. Once hot, add garlic and onion. Sauté until onion is
  • translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and spices to the pot. Bring to a boil and cover. Once boiling, reduce heat to
  • a simmer and cover for 25 minutes, until all the water has reduced out.
  • Stir in the black beans and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

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