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Rice with Black Beans and Sausage


Cooking for a Crowd

Cooking for a Crowd

Use these recipe sheets to prepare for larger groups:

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 8 Cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


2 teaspoons oil
8 ounces low-fat polish kielbasa sausage, cut into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup uncooked rice
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups water


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat (350 degrees F in an electric skillet); sauté sausage and onion until onion is clear.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Add mushrooms or green bell peppers for variety.
  • If you like spicy food, add some cayenne pepper or chili powder.
  • Try brown rice and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups drained beans.
  • Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.


My husband and I really enjoy this recipe! I add cayenne pepper to give it some heat and extra cumin. I have made this twice now, once with white rice and once with brown.  We strongly preferred the brown rice version and were pleased because it's healthier that way!

This is a super tasty one-pan dinner.  I like the texture better with brown rice.  Great for lunch the next day too!

Quick & easy!  This recipe is always a crowd pleaser.  Personally, I think it could use a little more seasonings and/or spice...

I looked up authentic Brazilian Black Bean recipes and noticed most of them had tomatoes in them, so we added a can of diced tomatoes. I also added a bit more cumin, a bay leaf, some smoked paprika, and some hot sauce. It was delicious! I agree that the original recipe needs more seasoning.


Very good, but I did make some changes after reading the comments. I used Turkey kielbasa sausage, used 1 cup water & 1 cup chicken broth. Added 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and a dash of cayenne pepper.  My son and husband loved it so much that they ate the entire skillet! I didn't get to eat any of it!

Very good and easy to make. I like to sprinkle soy sauce over top.

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