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Fiery Red Beans and Rice – Recipe

Fiery Red Beans and Rice – Recipe

At the hottest time of year, our thoughts turn to cultures that thrive on heat, and whose cuisines reflect a passion for spice. Rice and beans are a staple food for many people. This version–rich with tender vegetables–becomes a delicious one-pot celebration of summer’s fire and bounty.

Delicious and so economical to make, a complete meal in a bowl.


2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium dried chipotle pepper, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, to taste)
1 cup long-grain rice
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
1 15-ounce can small red beans, drained
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until fragrant. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, chipotle pepper, oregano, cumin, salt, and cayenne to taste. Cook the vegetables, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes, until very tender.

2. Add the rice, stirring to coat with oil. Then add vegetable broth or water and red beans and bring to a boil. Cover, then simmer for 25 minutes, until rice is tender. Stir in the parsley and serve.

Serves 6.

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Adapted from “Witch in the Kitchen” by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from “Witch in the Kitchen” by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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9:45AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

What is chipotle pepper?

9:38AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012


6:49PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Sounds yummy! Thanks :)

11:56PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Sounds good. And its a complete protein meal.

11:58AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Sounds great. Thanks for posting.

10:02AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Thanks for the recipe and posting it Cait.

7:00PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

The recipe sounds delicious. Love it. I will try this out. Thanks for the post.

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