Caribbean Style Rice and Beans

Caribbean Style Rice and Beans – a very tasty recipe! I saw the recipe on Whole Foods website and had to try it out. I used a green pepper instead of a red one (79 cents vs $2) and used less salt but otherwise followed the recipe (mostly). Quick as well, it was ready in under 30 minutes. The WF recipe collection has some tasty choices!

OK, I admit it…I borrowed their photo. It was way prettier than mine 😀

Caribbean Style Rice and Beans


  • 14 ounce can light coconut milk, divided
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 Tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced (4 cloves or jarred)
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 15 ounce can lower sodium black beans, rinsed and drained


Add ¾ cup coconut milk, 1¼ cups water, ¼ tsp salt and the rice in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Cover and let cook over low for 20 minutes.

In a large skillet over medium-high, melt the oil, add the onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook till tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the spices, cook for a minute.

Add the remaining coconut milk, ½ cup water, the beans and ¼ tsp salt, bring to a simmer. Turn down to medium and let simmer for about 8 minutes,

Fluff up the rice and add into the sauce, stir well. Taste for seasoning, add a bit more salt if desired.

Serves 3 as a main dish, 6 as a side dish.




  1. I love the flavors in caribbean cooking and this rice sounds good.

  2. This looks absolutely incredible. I’ve never tried making a caribbean dish before. I may try it on my blog 🙂

  3. Good frugal tactics! :D. This sounds lovely :).

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