A simple recipe for Belizean rice and beans.
Belize Rice & Beans Recipe Ingredients
- 1 lb beans 450g, or 1 large can
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed or diced)
- 1 medium onion (sliced)
- 1 dried coconut (grated)(to give 1 cup milk)
- 2 lbs rice
- 1 small pig’s tail or salted beef (optional, trim fat)
- 6-8 cups water
If using pre-cooked canned beans skip steps, 1,2, and use less salt from step 3. Canned beans usually are already seasoned with salt.
1 Soak beans for 4-6 hours.
2 Boil beans until tender with garlic, onion, and pig’s tail. (Or use pressure cooker)
3 Season beans with black pepper, thyme, and salt.
4 Add coconut milk. Stir and taste. Let boil.
5 Clean rice. (This step is usually not needed in developed countries, where rice is pre-cleaned and usually enriched. Washing enriched rice will remove all the enrichment! Additionally, wetting the rice will upset it’s moisture balance and cause unwanted results if using a rice cooker.)
6 Add clean rice to seasoned beans. Stir, then cover. Cook until water is absorb or rice is tender. If necessary, add more water gradually until rice is tender.