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Black Beans and Rice – Costa Rican Style


2 Onions, medium size, chopped
4 Cloves Garlic, crushed
3 Stalks Celery, chopped
1-6 oz. can Tomato Paste
3-15 oz. cans Black Beans, drained
2 cups Brown Rice cooked in 4 cups Water
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp. Oregano, dried
1 tsp. Cilantro, dried
Hot Red Pepper Sauce (to taste)
(To enlarge the photo of the black beans and rice, click on the photo or link)


This recipe can be prepared on a stovetop or in a microwave oven.  We cooked the Rice on our stovetop and the combined ingredients in a microwave oven.

To start, place 4 cups of water in a pot with cover.  Set on stovetop (“high” setting) and heat until water is boiling.  Add 2 cups raw brown long grain Rice.  Stir.  When water begins to boil again, stir, and reduce heat to simmer. Do not stir again. The Rice should be done in about 20-30 minutes.

While Rice is cooking, wash and peel Onions and chop into small pieces.  Wash and chop Celery stalks.  Place Onion and Celery pieces in a large glass or ceramic covered baking dish for cooking in a microwave oven.  Clean, peel, and crush the Garlic cloves. Add to baking dish.  Add the Hot Sauce, Bay Leaves, Oregano and Cilantro.  Mix and cook in microwave oven until onion and celery are softened (the onions should be semi-translucent).

When the vegetables are cooked, add drained Black Beans and Tomato Paste.  Wash out the tomato paste can with some water, add this water to the dish, and stir.  Cover the baking dish and heat again in the microwave oven.

When Rice is cooked, add to other ingredients in baking dish and stir well.  Heat in microwave oven until hot.  Add additional Hot Sauce to taste.  Remove bay leaves before serving.

Serve as is, or Spoon Black Beans and Rice onto warmed tortillas.  You may want to add salsa, as shown in photo, before folding tortillas.

Tortilla with Black Beans and Rice – Costa Rican Style


Ingredients information

Bay Leaves

Beans, Black, Canned


Cilantro, Dried Leaves


Onions, Yellow

Oregano, Dried

Pepper Sauce - Hot Red

Rice, Brown

Tomato Paste

Utensils and Equipment Information

Dish, Ceramic Baking

Food Processor

Garlic Press


Measuring Spoons

Pot, Glass

Spoon, Large Mixing

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!  (d-29)

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