Rice, Bean and Vegetable Casserole for #SundaySupper

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 46 comments

Rice, Bean and Vegetable Casserole for #SundaySupper

I love slow-cooking. There is something so comforting and wonderful about a pot simmering happily on the stove, or the aroma of something baking slowly in the oven. It is food which requires a bit of foward planning and a little bit of love, but it creates the most delicious meals imaginable. So it makes me very happy indeed to be participating in this week’s Cooking Low and Slow #SundaySupper, hosted by Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen.

I am hopelessly disorganized. so on the rare occasion that I do plan ahead enough to do some real slow cooking, I feel inordinately proud of myself. And I generally make enough to feed a small army, knowing that the opportunity may not recur again for at least a month or two. This has the added bonus that I can freeze a whole batch of whatever I have made and I know I have some nutritious, homemade ‘fast food’ during the busy week nights.

Rice, Bean and Vegetable Casserole

I don’t own a slow-cooker, but I find that an oven does a pretty good job of slowly cooking a casserole. I tend to make more slow-cooked dishes in the Winter, when a big bowl of stew to warm the chilly evenings is required. However, to make a dish more suited to Spring, I left my usual comfort zone of a pile of root vegetables and lentils and turned instead to a Mexican-inspired rice and bean dish.

What I like best is that there is very little washing up; just one casserole dish and a chopping board. That’s it! I make way more mess than that usually. I also love the fact that it is so cheap – rice and beans are budget staples and you can do so much with them. I’m pretty sure this entire dish cost around £5 to make, and I ended up with masses of food!

Rice with Black Eyed Beans

I don’t think this is the sort of recipe to follow absolutely to the letter: it is the perfect dish to experiment with, so substitute whatever beans and vegetables you fancy, or whatever you happen to have in the cupboard.

Rice, Bean and Vegetable Casserole
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 300g rice
  2. 100g black-eyed beans, soaked overnight
  3. 1/2 bell peppers, chopped
  4. 1 large onion, chopped
  5. 1 tin peeled and chopped tomatoes
  6. Handful fresh cherry tomatoes
  7. 1 small can sweetcorn
  8. 2 dried chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  9. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  10. 1 tsp tumeric
  11. 1 tsp paprika
  12. Salt and Black pepper, to taste
  13. 700ml water/vegetable stock
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Tip (uncooked) rice, beans (soaked overnight and drained), chopped vegetables and spices and mix together.
  2. Pour over the water/vegetable stock, put a lid on the top and place in the oven. Check every half an hour or so and stir, adding a little more water if it seems too dry. Cook until everything is tender and it is just beginning to crisp on the top. This may take up to 2 hours.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to stand for a couple of minutes, then serve.
  1. Measurements for this recipe are approximate, but it is easy just to add more or less of something as you require.
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  1. This is ridiculously easy and flavorful! I can eat rice every day. And an oven does the job very well. Nice recipe!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes recently posted..8 Hour Cheesecake with Roasted Grapes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. I never used my oven to cook a casserole like this before. Sounds very flavorful, Katy!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Pork and Sauerkraut Sandwiches for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Cindy! I love doing one-pot dishes in the oven.

  3. You got my attention with the black-eyed peas in this Mexican inspired dish. It’s a great alternative to the usual black beans and something I need to try. (Both my husband and I love black-eyed peas).
    Renee recently posted..Sauerbraten for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I actually discovered black eyed peas in Mexico and only got into black-bean Mexican dishes back home. Maybe it was just the region I was in!

  4. This is a great, hearty dish and I love the addition of corn in it!
    Susan recently posted..Italian Sunday Gravy #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! I just had a tin of sweetcorn hanging around in the cupboard to it made sense to chuck it in!

  5. It’s cool and rainy today…I wish I had this dish!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Slow-Cooked Gooey Pina Colada Cake ~ Low & Slow #SundaySupper!My Profile

    • Casseroles just work on cool, rainy days, don’t they?

  6. Great idea! I can see put this on tacos!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Minestrone Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I didn’t think of that, but I bet it would work really well!

  7. This looks fabulous! I love that you can change it up and make it your own, by experimenting with different ingredients. Your recipe looks fabulous!

    • Thank you Nicole!

  8. One dish/pot meals are my favorite to make. I think it’s my hatred of having loads of dishes to wash. This looks awesome.
    Amanda @ MarocMama recently posted..Braniya {Lamb and Eggplant Tajine} for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! I hate having loads of dishes to wash too!

  9. Thanks for a veggie option. This sounds so good.

    • Thank you!

  10. The combination of beans with rice and vegetables sounds so good! Perfect for any time of year! Thank you for sharing!
    bea recently posted..#Dairyfree Chicken & Mushroom Ragout for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I love that these sorts of dishes can take you right through the year.

  11. What a great cheap meal idea. I am pinning this for later.
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted..Slow Cooker Chana Masala #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! I’m always delighted when delicious food works out to be so cheap.

  12. I love this! Black eyed peas and corn are a fav… and I’m envisioning this on tortilla chips smothered in cheese as nachos, too! Yeah, getting hungry! :-)

    • It would be great on tortilla chips – good idea!

  13. I adore one pot dishes for dinner..they are awesome! This looks so good..perfect for a weeknight dinner.
    Erin @ Table for 7 recently posted..Crock Pot Sweet Pork #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. Don’t think I have every had black eyed beans before, funny because I like beans so much. That looks so very good!!

    • I tried them for the first time in Mexico, so they just remind me of all of that good food!

  15. I love the black eyed peas in this! They are my favorite bean so I’m always looking for new ways to cook them!
    Camille recently posted..Slow Cooker Bread: Easy Dinner Rolls #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I don’t have them often, but when I do, I remember why I like them!

  16. This is a dish I’d eat up in a heartbeat! Love it. Thanks for sharing!
    Tammi @ Momma’s Meals recently posted..#SundaySupper – Low & Slow StyleMy Profile

    • Thank you Tammi!

  17. I never even eaten black eyed peas! This looks like a yummy way to test them out :)
    Liz recently posted..Carnitas…#SundaySupper #CookingLow&SlowMy Profile

    • They are good with rice!

  18. Yum. Love black-eye peas, and I haven’t seen a lot in casserole dishes! Great recipe!
    Martin D. Redmond recently posted..Wine Pairing Recommendations For Low and Slow Food #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I just had some in the cupboard, so I thought I’d use them and see how it turned out!

  19. I love that you added black eyed peas to this dish !! It make the meal complete. I must try this recipe !Yumm !
    sunithi recently posted..Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding With Saffron #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I love how beans give a vegetarian dish that ‘complete’ feeling!

  20. I find it a comforting thing to do (slow-cook), and usually tend to make a ton, as well. I love the sound of this dish!
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Slow-Cooker Mole Rojo {#SundaySupper: Cooking Low & Slow}My Profile

    • Slow cooking is so comforting, isn’t it?!

  21. This Mexican-inspired casserole sounds so tasty and easy to make. I also love the aroma in the house when I’m making something in the crockpot or slow cooking in the oven. I will have to try this!

    • Yes – the aroma of something slow-cooking is just the best!

  22. The oven is a perfect substitute for a slow cooker ! And as a mostly vegetarian, this is right up my alley. Pinning!!
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..#SundaySupper: Roasted Balsamic TomatoesMy Profile

    • Hope you enjoy it if you make it!

  23. This sounds like a great casserole! And making a ton is the way to go. Leftover freezer meals are perfect for a quick dinner.
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Lightened Up Fish and Chips #SurpriseRecipeSwapMy Profile

    • Thank you! Freezer meals are brilliant on week nights, aren’t they?!

  24. Love this! I’ve been doing a vegan lunch thing, so this would be a good idea to make over the weekend and eat all week!
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted..monday morning musings – vegan before 6 and girly footballMy Profile

  25. Love this! I’ve been doing a vegan lunch thing, so this would be a good idea to make over the weekend and eat all week!
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted..monday morning musings – vegan before 6 and girly footballMy Profile