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Caribbean Red Beans and Rice

What you need: 

1 diced onion
3 cloves garlic
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cloves.
salt, black or cayenne pepper to taste
1 can kidney beans
1 can (14 oz) tomatoes
1 cup rice

What you do: 

Chop up onion and garlic and toss them into a deep frying pan or a saucepan. Fry them in a little olive oil until onions are as usual, translucent. Add th spices. (I tend to use the larger amount)
Drain and reserve liquid of 1 can kidney beans. Put beans in pan, saute around a little bit.
Drain and reserve liquid of 1 can (14 oz) tomatoes. Moosh tomatoes up, put them in and saute around a little bit too.
Add 1 cup rice, any kind, and the appropriate amount of liquid, using the reseved kidney bean and tomato juice for some of it, and topping up with water.
Cover the pan, let simmer until the rice is cooked and you have a nice thick tomatoey clovey yummy bunch of beans and rice.

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Ummmmm,... I didn't really care for this. I followed the recipe pretty much to a tee, and was not crazy about the flavors... despite all the spices, mine was kind of lacking something, and the flavor just didn't seem that great.

I was kind of disappointed, esp after all the great reviews. Maybe it was just me.....

I don't forsee myself making this again.


I cooked this for a party over the last weekend.  I doubled the recipe, of course.  I was put off at first by how strong and sweet it smelled, but it was delicious.  Thank you!


I prepared this dish last night.  I'm not used to using cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon too often and was concerned about the taste being overpowering (for my family's taste anyway), so I used a little bit less than what was called for.  But, I added a good bit of cayenne pepper.  Everyone loved the flavor, it was an excellent sweet and spicy mix.  I thought I had kidney beans in the pantry but didn't, so I substituted black beans and it worked out well.  I will definitely make this again.


This was delicious and excellent for Mardi Gras! Thank you.  ;D


I've got this cooking on the stove right now and it smells great!

I used brown rice which I think is going to make this already dense dish all the more heavy, so maybe fluffy jasmine rice or something next time.

went with the heavier amounts of the spices, and I wouldn't be opposed to even more the next time I make it.


This was awesome and easy. I made it twice in the last week and it turned out great both times. I doubled the recipe too and had enough for leftovers. This is going to be a new staple in our house! Thank you.


Really good stuff.  I'd been wanting red beans and rice for a while, and was getting bummed because all the recipes I found here called for stuff we didn't have around.  I maxxed out the seasonings, as suggested.  It was a little on the "clovey" side (is clovey a word?) that way at first, but the leftovers the 2nd day were just right.  I might try cutting back on the cloves a bit next time, but other than that it was delicious.  Thanks for sharing!


This is utterly fabulous. I didn't add the rice though because I was already making another rice dish, and it was still awesome.


Really great recipe! I added tofurkey sausage- sliced em up and it was good eating! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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