Yellow Rice and Beans, tastes like Costa Rica.
Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen with Recipe Idea Shop, telling you about my Yellow Rice and Beans. July 3 is National Eat Beans Day, a good day for rice and beans.
One night Don and I watched the movie Eat, Pray, Love. I thought it was okay—the book was a whole lot better—but it inspired me to think about the delicious foods we ate in Costa Rica. I must admit that when I eat at a restaurant in Costa Rica, I usually order whole red snapper. There’s nothing better! But this Yellow Rice and Beans recipe is mighty tasty.
What is Annatto Oil?
This Costa Rican-inspired casserole uses Annato Seeds to make the rice beautiful. People in the Caribbean and Mexico use Annatto Oil to color rice yellow. The oil doesn’t have much flavor, but it has a lovely color. This recipe starts with cooked rice. If you don’t have cooked rice, add 30 minutes to the timing to cook the rice.
Even though we now have a fabulous camera, I can take equally bad photos with it. So the photo doesn’t do justice to the beauty and deliciousness of this recipe. Yellow Rice and Beans is easy to make, tasty, gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan, and rather pretty. Give it a try.
What You Need
You’ll need a big skillet or medium pan. Oh, heck. You should have a full set of good pans, measuring cups and spoons, and either Annatto seeds or Annatto Oil. When you buy anything, buy the highest quality you can afford. You want your kitchen tools to last a lifetime.
Yellow Rice and Beans Recipe
Yellow Rice and Beans Recipe
A taste of Costa Rica
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 tablespoons Annatto Oil (purchase or make your own)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 15-ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 15-ounce can pineapple slices or chunks (drained, cut into bite-sized pieces)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or add more if you like it spicier)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Make the yellow rice by stirring about 2 tablespoons of Annato Oil into the rice until the rice becomes a consistent yellow color.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions and cook until they become transparent (about 10 minutes).
- Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds more.
- Add the black beans, pineapple, cayenne, yellow rice and salt and heat over low heat for 5 minutes or until heated through.
- Serve hot.
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