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Spanish Beans with Rice Recipe - Alubias con Arroz

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The Spanish eat lots of beans and they make great meals for the fall and winter seasons. Beans are low in fat and full of nutrients like calcium and potassium, not to mention fiber. This bean dish is a simple, flavorful dish that contains no meat. Eaten with rice, it makes an entire meal in a single bowl!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Soaking Dried Beans: 8 hours

Total Time: 9 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6 Servings


  • 1 lb (1/2 kg) dry beans (pinto, black, red or pink)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 bay (laurel) leaf
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp unbleached white flour
  • 1 Tbsp sweet Spanish paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups cooked white rice


Place beans in a large pot and cover with water. Allow beans to soak over night.

Drain water from the beans and pour fresh water in to pot. Make sure that there is about 1 inch of water on top of beans. Bring the water to a boil. Add the bay leaf. Reduce heat and simmer on medium.

Chop the onion and the red pepper. Cut the garlic cloves into quarters. Pour 2-3 tablespoons olive oil into a frying pan and heat on medium. When pan is hot, add the onion, pepper and garlic and brown for about 5 minutes.

Once the onion is browned, add the flour and mix. Add 2-3 tablespoons of broth from the bean pot to the frying pan and mix ingredients. To this “sauce,” add a tablespoon of paprika and mix thoroughly. Add to the pot of beans and stir.

While beans simmer, prepare white rice.

Continue to cook until beans are soft, but not mushy. Add salt to taste. Check the pot regularly. You may need to add water to the beans. Some prefer beans with broth more like soup, while others prefer thicker bean dishes.

Serve in bowls with long-grained white rice.

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 4 out of 5
Something is Missing in the Recipe, Member nurisutter

Hi, your recipe calls for red pepper and onions, yet those ingredients were missing from the list of ingredients. One does not know if one should use a whole pepper and a whole onion or what amount of each. I used my own judgement in this recipe.

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