How to Cook Rice & Beans with Dairy With a Cultural Flair

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From September 15 – October 15th all Latinos and Hispanics are celebrating our heritage here in the USA. What better time to talk about one of my favorite combinations – rice and beans! Learn how to cook rice and beans with dairy with these delicious recipes.

I have partnered with National Dairy Council to celebrate National Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month with rice and beans and the different ways you can eat them with dairy.

What is National Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month?

National Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Latino and Hispanic men and women in American society. If there’s one common denominator among Latino countries and culture, it’s the food. And many if not all Latino countries eat rice and beans!

What Cultures Eat Rice and Beans? What Do They Call Them?

The combination of rice and beans is comfort food to me, and I am sure for many Latinos and Hispanics. There are several different cultures around the world that enjoy this delicious pairing.

Did you know that the phrase “Rice and beans” has a different name depending on the country? The type of beans used can also differ with these cultures – red beans, black beans, pinto beans, you name it!

Let’s take a quick look around the world to learn common phrases for rice and beans:

  • Honduran rice and beans: “casamiento” which means marriage
  • Mexican rice and beans: Pispiote
  • Peruvian rice and beans: Tacu-Tacu from the Andean language Quechua word taka-taka which means “well pounded”
  • Colombian rice and beans: “Calentado” which means warmed
  • Panama and Costa Rican rice and beans: “Gallo Pinto”

Benefits of Adding Dairy to Meals & Snacks

Dairy foods can help make plant-packed snacks or plates even better by adding nutrients, flavor, texture, and satisfaction. This is one of the main reasons why I use dairy to accompany my rice and beans.

Dairy’s nutrients from milk, cheese, and yogurt such as high-quality protein, calcium, and vitamin B12 can help enhance your plant-based diet. The calcium is often absorbed better compared to non-dairy sources like spinach. Plus, the protein is high-quality and contains all essential amino acids. Vitamin B12 can only be found in animal products like in dairy.

How to Cook Rice and Beans

How to cook rice and beans depends on the culture, the other flavorings desired, and the type of meal the rice and beans are included in.

You can use plain rice and beans in your recipes, but in the recipes below, I’ve provided other flavorful ideas if you want to spice things up.

Now, are you ready for my ideas on how to eat rice and bean with dairy in the USA?

avocado greek yogurt dressing
Prep Time: 10 mins
Servings4
CourseSide Dish
CuisineAmerican, Mediterranean
DietGluten Free, Vegetarian

Equipment

  • Medium bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe avocado seeded and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add avocado into a medium bowl.
  • Add the lime juice to the bowl then use a fork to mash up the avocado until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the Greek yogurt, red onion, tomatoes, and cilantro and mix well.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Avocado Greek Yogurt Dressing
Serving Size
 
0.5 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
86
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sofrito Rice and Beans
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings4
CourseMain Course, Side Dish
CuisineMexican
DietGluten Free

Equipment

  • Large pan

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup cooked beans pinto or black, canned beans

Instructions

  • In a large pan heat up the oil for about 1 minute.
  • Put the oil, onions, and garlic in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the rice and beans and combine well.
  • Cook for another 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently and mashing some of the beans so the rice and beans stick together.
  • Plate your rice and bean mixture in a bowl and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sofrito Rice and Beans
Serving Size
 
0.5 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
139
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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quesadilla rice beans and cheese
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings4
CourseMain Course
CuisineMexican
DietVegetarian

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 low-carb tortilla
  • ½ cup of Sofrito Rice and Beans
  • ounce shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  • Make the sofrito rice and beans according to the previous recipe.
  • Add the tortilla to skillet and top half of the tortilla with rice, beans and cheese.
  • Fold the other half of the tortilla over and cook, flipping once, until golden, 3 minutes per side.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Rice, Bean, and Cheese Quesadilla
Amount per Serving
Calories
317
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Fiber
 
14
g
58
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wishing you a great National Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month. Now it’s your turn to make your rice and beans pairings with dairy!

For additional information and more about how to use dairy in your recipes go to USDairy.com.

Plus, you can explore some of my other dairy-containing recipes:

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