Belizean Rice and Beans


Rice and beans are a staple in my country, Belize. This traditional Belizean recipe is super delicious, and coconut milk gives it an original flavor. It goes great with stewed chicken and potato salad or cole slaw.

close up view of Belizean Rice and Beans with green peppers
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 55 mins


  • 1 pound dry kidney beans

  • 1 ½ quarts water, or as needed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ medium onion, chopped

  • ½ medium red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup white rice

  • ¾ cup coconut milk

  • ¾ cup water


  1. Place kidney beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain and transfer beans to a stockpot. Add 1 1/2 quarts water (or as needed to cover) and bring to a boil. Add garlic, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the heat and stir in onion, bell pepper, oil, salt, and pepper.

  3. Cook and stir rice in a large saucepan over low heat until toasted and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add coconut milk, 3/4 cup water, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
3g Fat
29g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 440mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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