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What will make beans & rice taste good? What are you stocking that you don't like? Tell us about it.

 
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A can of chili added and you are good to go
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My mom used to fix hot rice with butter, sugar and milk. That was just about the only time we ever ate rice. It’s yummy. Too heavy for the tummy though, I haven’t had it in decades.
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That sounds like the most delicious treat for a late, cold winter night when the cupboards are none too full and the tummy is empty - what a lovely treat before sleep - and a dessert in itself! Especially if done with brown rice for nutritional content.

Thank you very much! Going to make note of your "recipe" and will mentally thank you in late, cold winter for providing such a surprisingly lovely blessing!
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Well, I put a little oil in a large sauce pan and brown the rice lightly and add water and a little can of tomato sauce and a small diced onion and some salt and pepper and cover with another square lid until the rice is soft, my version of Mexican rice

For the beans, don't know what kind you have, if you have pinto beans, I add some salt, and some grated cheese, and a little milk, and make them creamy

I have a poor man's chili bean stew I call it that everyone liked.........I take a medium size can of pinto beans, a regular size can of chili beans, and regular size can of stewed tomatoes and throw it in a pot with some garlic and onion and chili powder and heat it up......tastes good so they say

I make it with one of those very cheap boxes of Jiffy Corn Bread which I add a little vegetable oil to and it gives it a really good consistency, you have a meal for 4, for what a few bucks.
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I can think of many church suppers or a sudden church retreat with forty hungry people, and these concentrated boullion bases saved the day by making ordinary meals stand out as there was no budget for expensive meals.

If in that situation, you bake homemade bread with honey butter and between the two, it's a big savory hit.

You toss them in the cabinet but nce opened, leave them in the refrigerator. They last for awhile.
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This is an old school secret ingredient that will transform ordinary beans and rice. It is very flavorful with corn or flour tortillas.

You can make exceptional steamed tamales with it and masa flour.
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Left over Juice from a roast!
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That sounds delicious!
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Get you some chicken or beef buliion I like Goya Brand myself....
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Have done so - thank you!
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Sriracha
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I have not yet tried Sriracha - please describe the flavor, if you would be so kind?
 Quoting: Pooka


It’s hot pepper sauce with garlic in it for the California market that puts garlic on everything. Not enough garlic for Koreans tho.

tdown

But, you won’t like it cause of the hot peppers.
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for the California market? You can buy it nationwide as far as I know.

It's the most versatile commercial sauce I know of. NOT appropriate for Mexican food, but better than Tabasco on many things.

Pooka, it isn't really that hot.
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cumin, onions, tomato, shredded carnitas, bacon, peppers, lettuce, quesa fresca, lime juice, cotija cheese, chalula, corn, taco meat, fajita meat.
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Wow! Lots of suggestions! Thanks!
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"What will make beans & rice taste good? Anything?"



Yes... Starvation.
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There is that!
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My Iraqi mother in law makes soup with the beans and pours it over the rice.
The soup consists of : beans, onions, garlic, a big spoonful of tomato paste, salt, and a pinch of crushed red pepper for spiciness. Add chunks of beef if you have them.

She’s been feeding her family this for years whenever they run out of money.
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Smart mama!
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This is a very common delicious Mexican dish.
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cacao powder and cane sugar and sea salt and chili peppers?
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Interesting combination, if you meant all to be used in one pot!
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Tabasco, salt & pepper
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stock up on bouillon cubes as well. and salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried onions. if you are hungry enough, it will taste good.

my dad hated spinach when he was overseas in WW2 until he was starving. Then he found a case of spinach and him and his buddies devoured it..... He likes it now.
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You make an excellent point! Thank you!
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The best beans I've ever eaten:

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Thank you for this!
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If you've been following the news about food shortages and high prices just around the corner, you are wisely stocking food, including beans and rice.

I am doing the same, because beans and rice are cheap, though they won't be for long, and healthy, as well. I just can't stand beans.

So, please tell me your tricks, secrets, hints to make beans and rice actually enjoyable, instead of just a way not to starve.
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Ok, first off, get Sofrito ( garlic, recao(herb), small ají dulce( small bell pepper), and onion and mix all that in a grinder, you will get a green paste) and put a teaspoon of it in the pan with some EVOO and let it simmer for a bit until the juices come out. Thats when you put the beens (use the small pumpkin for cooking and get some small pieces in there. Let it cook for some time at low temp. It is how you get the very savory and higher consistency of the beans instead of watery ones.

Rice, you know how to do it.

Use some Plantano Maduro (fried plantain) as a side.

Get some Churrazco with Chimichurri.

Thats one of many ways. Latino style.
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Thank you for this - it sounds delicious! Love the combination in the beginning - bound to make the beans taste better!
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Lurker here, Chef of 25+ years. Seems your real issue is with the beans. I am not a fan of beans myself, but they do provide cabs/fiber/protein. There is a trick I have been using for years(taught to me by a elderly Puerto Rican Chef back in 90's). She cooked her beans with ham hock/onion/salt/water. However, just as the beans were about done, she used a potato masher to press down on them ever so slightly. You don't want to mash them, just get them to kinda split/crack a bit. Then stir them roughly until the water gets cloudy. Then off the heat for 30 minutes. Then strain, but not completely. Pretty much pour the pot of beans in a colander then back into the pot in one fluid motion so as not to let all the liquid strain away.

I have tried several variations to this simple but perfect recipe, from not pressing them, to using stock instead of water, etc... I just kept going back to her recipe. Her method just turns out better tasting/textured beans. I now use her recipe for beans for my award winning Cowboy Beans recipe, and have won every year since. I wish I had a chance to thank her before she passed .
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Thank you, lurker Ved, for the great tips! Seems as though she knew her beans and now so do you, and that you are willing to pass this on speaks highly of you, and your memory of her!
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Also stock some "chicken broth" and

"tomato sauce", and some "cooking oil".

These will add some 'flavor' to your rice.

Get short grain rice, fry it lightly,

add chicken broth and tomato sauce, let simmer...

Now you have Spanish rice and beans.


Way better than plain rice IMO.

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Frying the rice first sounds very appealing!
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It sounds hideous though. Raw meat? I do like raw milk. It’s the best! :)
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Thanks
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This redneck dessert was a frugal survival food as the calories are boosted plus it doesn't heat up the whole kitchen in summer like baking. This is great camping food and easy to eat. Any 12 year with common sense can make these.

Nobody will complain about beans and rice IF you create the semblance of abundance with a modest dessert.

Keep morale high especially in tough times.
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I love these and you are so right about morale boosting by adding a dessert - unexpected and charming, great nutritional and caloric content, and a smile on every face!

Thank you!
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Being really hungry and not having anything else to eat.
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Hot sauce. Tabasco specifically. Hot sauce makes anything seem edible.
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Or, to some of us, completely inedible! I don't do hot peppers or hot sauce - that would be horrible to me, though I know many feel as you do.
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BBQ SAUCE!
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Great idea, and I have some on hand! Thanks!
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Mashed banana.
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Seriously? Please explain.
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Re: What will make beans & rice taste good? What are you stocking that you don't like? Tell us about it.
Chickpea felafel is great for fast food or fried chicken cravings.

Don’t waste time or money on mixes.

Soak dried chickpeas overnight.
If you keep them longer, rinse and drain, let them sprout little tails if you like.

Grind them up In any whirling blade.

Season to taste with minced onion, parsley. Cumin, coriander powder, cayenne turnieric are good but salt and black pepper are good too. If you fry chicken try those seasonings too. Paprika and mustard.

Make patties, croquettes or balls no larger than a golf ball.

Fry in oil.

Serve on summer salad or with the fixings of a traditional fried chicken dinner.

You can experiment with combining this with canned salmon.

If you eat the paste before you season it you will notice it is very much like chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s tempting to season with vanilla and are what happens with chunks of dark chocolate and hazelnuts.
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This is remarkable! Copied and saved - love the sound of all of it! Thank you very much!
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There's a Puerto Rican dish called Spotted Rooster that is black beans and rice with a bunch of cilantro chopped up and mixed in. Pretty tasty.

I'll make lentils and rice and sprinkle apple cider vinegar and some soy sauce on it for flavor.

And there's a few canned hams in the preps for my favorite - curried lentils and ham. I imagine the ham would taste pretty good with some black eye peas...

The cheap .89 bottles of spices are a good way to have some flavor on hand, especially bay leaves. Just fish them out before serving.

You can make black bean and rice patties that can be eaten in between a hamburger bun. With all of the regular fixins' like mustard, mayo, ketchup, tomato, onions and whatever else, they're tasty.
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What great ideas! Making a "hamburger" or "cheeseburger" out of it seems the best way to get them down in an enjoyable manner. Would not have thought of this!
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Barbecue sauce might give it some flavor.
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Bodi Doc's suggestion, as well.
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Get three slices of decent quality slab bacon made in the store's butcher department. It's cheaper and better quality. Cut that raw with scissors. Cook on less than medium heat.

Chop a vidalia onion add to the skillet. Add some minced garlic.

Take a potato, rinse, and poke a fork in it a few times. Microwave it. Take it out, and put it briefly in the freezer. When chilled for ten minutes, remove and dice it. Add to the skillet.

That is a cheap nutritious meal that only need salt and pepper.

Take 3 slices of bacon as above. Mash some pintos and black beans. Ad to the skillet with minced garlic and cilantro. Finish with a little mexican cheese. Serve with a suez of basmati rice.
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Great ideas all around! Thank you!
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Get Janet Zimmermann's "The Instapot Obsession " cookbook for some great bean recipes. Especially the avocado hummus and the refried black beans.





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