Caribbean rice and beans

Yesterday, for the first time, I made a more complex meal in my rice cooker, a Caribbean rice and beans stir that was nothing short but amazing. 

Caribbean rice and beans

Most of you know that my rice cooker is one of my most precious counter kitchen appliances. I use it about 2-3 times per week at least since we eat tons of rice. However, yesterday was the first time I actually used my rice cooker to make a complete rice meal rather than just plain old rice.

I have partner with Della Rice to be one of the members of Create a Stir Campaign.  For this campaign armed with my kitchen appliance and ingredients I was able to create this Caribbean rice and beans recipe that not only worked perfectly in the rice cooker but it was easy, delicious, and healthy which means,  there would be more rice cooker meals coming your way!

For this recipes I used Della Basmati light brown rice. I love this rice because it cooks in just about 20 minutes, it has more fiber and minerals and has the nutritional value of regular brown rice. I love Della Rice because not only they have many different type of rices but they all cook in 20 minutes, which being a busy mom it comes in handy. We all know we don’t want to spend hours cooking in the kitchen.

Della Rice is also available at ShopRite stores and grocery stores across the U.S.  Find a store near you here

For this Caribbean rice and beans recipe I kept it vegetarian. Next time I will add some cooked chicken pieces. If you like to add the chicken, add it to the rice cooker together with all the ingredients before turning it on. I also opted for using plain water rather than using vegetable or chicken stock. My reason for using water is that I want to have total control of the sodium content in my recipe as well as the flavor… and lets no forget water is cheaper!

Caribbean rice and beansCaribbean rice and beans

Here you can see the ingredients in the rice cooker. All you have to do is add the 4 cups of water and turn on the rice cooker. The meal will be done in just 20 minutes.

My friends at Della Rice are giving away 50 rice cookers. Go below to enter. You will love having this in your kitchen.

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Here are other StirMaker recipes that you may want to try:

Or if you are more visual and would like to see a video and the steps on how to create a stir with Della Rice here is a link.

I hope you like this Caribbean rice and beans recipe. It only takes 20 minutes to make, it is super delicious, easy, and healthy.


Caribbean rice and beans

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Della Rice. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and I speak from personal experience. The end :-)


Caribbean rice and beans

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups Della Rice brown rice
  • 1 15 oz can red beans, drained
  • 1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp celtic salt
  • 4 cups hot water


In a small skillet add the garlic and oil and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add all the ingredients to the rice cooker and cook until done. I pressed the white rice bottom in my rice cooker.

Serve immediately.



  1. I don’t have a rice cooker, so could this be done in a slow cooker? Thanks!

  2. I have always loved rice and beans – I cannot wait to try your version!

  3. I’m a big fan of rice and beans, but have never made them in my rice cooker. Yum!

  4. Oh my! I am in love with this recipe! So yummy. Take me away to the Carribean!!

  5. I grew up eating rice, but seldom tried the combo with beans. Must give this a try soon.

  6. Love a good caribbean recipe….especially in the winter. I may not be able to take a vacation right now, but I can always bring the vacation to me!

  7. This rice looks WONDERFUL, my friend! I am a sucker for rice, so pinning it for later!!

  8. Did you drain the beans and tomatoes?

  9. No, thank you! I am going to make it this week coming. :)

  10. I made this tonight for dinner….YAMMmmmmmm!! So easy yand sooo tasty!! What a great recipe. I don’t have a rice cooker so just made it in a normal pan, and the rice sticked a bit to the bottom which was the best part ! ! Very good with a bit of Yoghurt at the side (makes it kinda mexican, but goes really well with the rice).

  11. Who knew you could cook an entire me in a rice cooker! Never even occurred to me. Threw everything in mine with chicken tonight and my husband and boys devoured it – me minus the chicken. Love this site.

  12. No rice cooker. I cooked my brown rice, cooked other ingredients separately, then combined all. Yum. This is a keeper. Great way to get my daily turmeric. Thanks for a great recipe.

  13. Will the dish be the same without the tomatoes? I have a high sensitivity to raw tomatoes and I try to stay away from them. Thanks!

  14. Could you clarify what celtic salt is?

  15. Is that cilantro in the image?  

  16. This was so easy and I forgot to saute the garlic, making it even easier! My husband and I had it for dinner last night!

  17. I didn’t saute the garlic either and it was very delicious!  Thanks for this easy, delicious meal!

  18. WOW.   This recipe is a big HIT at our bourse.   

  19. In your opening comments you said the rice was “nothing short but amazing” – it’s supposed to be “short of amazing” – thought you’d like to know!

  20. This was amazing! My whole family loved it!

  21. I think this is so cool.

  22. Amazing Caribbean rice dish!  Thanks so much for this post. I used it as a side with slow cooker Pernil Pork, and fried plantains, rather than as a meal on its own.  The combination made the perfect Caribbean meal!  I don’t own a rice cooker so I tossed everything in a 6 quart pot, brought it to a boil, then simmered for 45 minutes, after I sautéed the garlic in the pot.  I did cook my kidney beans in the slow cooker the night before and froze them in 15 ounce potions for future use, all but the 15 ounces I used in this recipe.  I really don’t care for the taste of canned beans and it’s so easy to cook and freeze my own from dried beans, preferably organic.  I usually keep a stash of unseasoned cooked pinto, kidney, white, black, and garbanzo beans in the freezer to use in recipes.  I really do recommend it as they taste soooo much better than canned!

  23. Do you think black beans would work in this? Planning on using this recipe to use with Jerk chicken in an island wrap!

  24. This dish is really good!! I served it over yellow corn grits. I would suggest tasting your harissa to determine the amount of spice before adding, as different brands are hotter than others. I left out the mint.

  25. wanna try your recipe, thanks for sharing

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