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Belizean Rice and Beans in a white bowl.

Belizean Rice and Beans

Grace adapted from the Flavors of Belize cookbook
Absolutely delicious rice and bean dish using your own prepared stewed beans, or canned red kidney beans! The inclusion of thyme in this dish elevates these rice and beans to something very special. Cook these up and enjoy a taste of Belize in your home!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Belizean
Servings 4 people
Calories 325 kcal


  • 1 cup rice
  • ½ onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup stewed beans use canned or see my recipe for stewed beans: https://explorecookeat.com/belizean-stewed-beans/
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth plus additional may be needed
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro diced
  • ½ ts salt plus additional to taste
  • ¼ ts pepper plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Sazonador Total by Goya


  • Heat up olive oil in a med sized saucepan (med high). Add garlic and onion, and saute for around 2 minutes.
    garlic and onion sautéed in a saucepanan
  • Add rice, coconut milk, chicken broth, thyme, Sazonador Total seasoning, salt, pepper, stewed beans and some liquid, mix and bring to the boil.
    rice, beans, coconut milk, thyme, chicken broth and seasonings in a saucepan
  • Reduce heat to med-low to medium so that the beans and rice are on a low simmer, and then cover and cook for 25 minutes, checking every so often to ensure the mixture does not dry out. If it is dry, at a little more chicken broth or water (around ¼ cup), stir, and recover. Continue this until the rice is tender. You may need to cook it for a few additional minutes, but I shouldn't think it will take more than 35 minutes.
  • Once the rice is tender, stir in the cilantro, and then taste and additional additional seasonings if you like.
  • Remove from the heat, and allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs and then your dish is ready to enjoy!


The Belizean staple, rice and beans, is a delicious side dish to accompany any meal!  If you'd like to go all out and have a Belizean style dinner, enjoy this with Belizean stewed chicken and some potato salad.  Enjoy a fantastic taste of this beautiful Central American country!


Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 517mgPotassium: 262mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 3mg
Keyword rice and beans
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