Bowl of cheesy fiesta black beans and brown rice
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Cheesy Fiesta Beans & Rice

Classic Beans & Rice gets a flavor-packed makeover with a satisfying blend of fiesta flavors in a simple creamy tomato sauce. Like a "fully-loaded" version of Spanish Rice! (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free)
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Mexican, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings: 5 people (main dish)


Fiesta Rice

  • 1 cup dry brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 orange bell pepper (or other color)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (I use this brand)
  • 15 oz. can black beans
  • 1 cup sweet corn (frozen, canned, or freshly cooked)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (or roma, etc.)
  • Salt to taste

Toppings (optional)

  • Avocado, cilantro, fresh tomatoes, hot sauce, dairy-free cheese shreds, tortilla strips


  • Cook rice according to package instructions.*
  • Meanwhile, make the taco seasoning and set aside.
  • Finely dice onion and bell pepper.
  • In a large skillet over med-high heat, saute onion and bell pepper for 8-10 minutes. (For no-oil sauté method, I use 3 Tbsp. broth/water to sauté and add more as needed.)
  • Meanwhile, mince garlic and dice tomatoes.
  • When onion is translucent, add minced garlic and 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat. Add tomato sauce, nutritional yeast, black beans (rinsed and drained), corn, and tomatoes. Stir and let simmer on med-low heat for a few minutes (or longer if the rice isn't finished cooking yet).
  • When rice is cooked, add to skillet and stir well. Heat for 5 minutes to let flavors combine. Salt to taste.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings. For an extra-cheesy version, add your favorite dairy-free shreds.


* Feel free to cook the brown rice in advance and store in fridge until ready. Brown rice typically takes about 40 minutes to cook, and the dish only takes about 20 minutes until you need to add the rice, so you can wait 20-25 minutes to begin the rest of the steps. (Otherwise it's totally fine to let the sauce gently simmer, stirring occasionally during that time until the rice is ready.)
You could also substitute quinoa for the rice as it only takes about 20 minutes to cook and the timing would work very well here.
This makes a fairly large batch so reduce/halve if desired.
The homemade taco seasoning recipe yields 3 Tbsp. although you will only need 2 Tbsp. for this recipe. I like to make a double or triple batch and store in a sealed glass jar to have on hand.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2g | Potassium: 910mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1340IU | Vitamin C: 49.3mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3.8mg