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Cinco de Mayo Yellow Rice and Beans


Hello everyone and a Happy Cinco de Mayo to you.  In celebration of Cinco de Mayo I made a vegan/ vegetarian dish of yellow rice and beans.  This is a great dish that can be served on its own, with a side or paired with poultry, meat or fish.  

Cinco de Mayo Yellow Rice and Beans

Cinco de Mayo Yellow Rice and Beans

First, I must share this amazing recipe for a Sazón seasoning mix from that I now use for cooking and seasoning meats and fish.   I stopped using my favorite Sazon mix when I found that one of the ingredients was MSG.  MSG gives me headaches and mild heart palpitations which for me is not a fun experience.  


I was so happy to find this seasoning blend.  It is so easy to mix together or make a batch and store in an air tight container for later use.  You can use seeds or powders to make the mixture.   I usually use a blend of both.  


I pulse the seeds to a powder and then mix with my powder ingredients.  I also didn’t have Annato on hand so I substituted Turmeric powder instead.   Now for the Yellow Rice and Beans recipe.  

 Enjoy with your favorite cerveza.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!  What favorite meals do you cook to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo Yellow Rice and Beans
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A spicy and savory vegan dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
For the rice
  • 1½ cups Brown Rice
  • 3 cups Water
  • ½ cup Black olives- chopped
  • ½ tsp Coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp Sazon (1 packet of Sazon)
For the Beans
  • 1½ cups Pinto Beans (1 can of Pinto beans)
  • 1 small Onion- chopped
  • 3 med Plum Tomatoes- cubed
  • 1 small Red Bell Pepper- cubed
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1½ tsp Sazon Mix
Cook the Rice
  1. In a heated saucepan add ½ tsp coconut oil
  2. Add brown rice, olives and sazon mix
  3. Stir fry to allow sazon to coat the rice
  4. Add 3 cups of water, cover and bring to a boil
  5. Reduce heat and cook on low for 25 mins
Cook the Beans
  1. In a large pan, saute onions and garlic until tender
  2. Add tomatoes, red peppers, water and balsamic vinegar and sazon mix- simmer for 20 mins
  3. Add beans and cook an additional 5 mins
  4. Plate and serve
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