There are so many ways to make beans and rice. Every area of the county seem to have their own take. Red beans or black beans, ham or sausage. Here is my vegetarian version . It’s a bit of a combination of several styles. First you make your smoky sauce and from there it’s just a matter of popping everything into the oven. The rice is baked along side the beans and mixed when ready to eat. I love beans and rice. You can top salad greens with it and add a dollop of yogurt and crushed organic corn chips, wrap it in whole grain tortillas or my favorite spooned over skillet cornbread (recipe here).


  • 2 cans no salt beans (kidney, aduki, pinto or black), rinsed and drained
  • 1 can no salt fire roasted diced tomatoes, or regular diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup Clean Eating Sweet Heat Chili Sauce (recipe here)
  • 2 cups cooked rice (see easy recipe here)
  • smoked sausage or andouille (optional)


  1. Prepare the CE Sweet Heat Chili Sauce.
  2. Pour 1 cup of the sauce into a dutch oven or other large oven safe pot.

    Beans, tomatoes and chili sauce ready to be baked in the oven.

  3. Add the beans and diced tomatoes.
  4. Brown the sausage if using and add to the pot.
  5. Cook uncovered 1 hour (along with the rice). If the beans look like they are drying out too much just cover them.
  6. To serve, spoon rice into a bowl and top with the beans.

Nutritional Info:

Makes approximately 10 cups.

Serving size 2 cup.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 256, Cal. from Fat: 45, Total Fat: 5g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 43.5g, Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 7.5g, Protein: 8g, Sodium: 58.5mg, Chol: 0mg


This dish can also be made in the crock pot. Just place all the ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 4 - 6 hours or according to the manufacturer’s directions. I don’t add the rice to the beans until ready to serve or the rice will soak up all the sauce and turn mushy.

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  1. Combining rice and beans in the same dish, that’s bodacious (this is what my nutritionist would say to this recipe). It looks great!!! And the smoked sausage won’t be optional for me, but mandatory ))

    • Kristy says:

      Thanks. The beans and rice make a complete protein on their own but enjoy the addition of the sausage! This is such an efficient meal both nutritionally and in the preparation by cooking the rice at the same time as the beans in the oven. I hope you enjoy! ~Kristy


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