This is a good Tex-Mex side dish (or even a main dish) that isn't very spicy, but IS very garlicky. We had this with Cilantro Lime Fish. I didn't have quite enough of the fresh herbs so I mixed dried with fresh. From Fine Cooking (April/May 2005)
- 1 cup uncooked medium grain white rice
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes (Petite-cut)
- water (as needed)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, cored and finely chopped (leaving in the seeds depends on how hot you like it)
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt (or to taste, I used about 1/2 of this) or 2 teaspoons sea salt (or to taste, I used about 1/2 of this)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄4 cup fresh oregano, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- In a one quart saucepan, combine rice with water.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let the pan stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
- While the rice stands, drain the tomatoes, reserving the juice.
- Add enough water to the juice to equal one cup of liquid.
- Heat a 10-12 inch skillet over medium-high heat; add in oil, garlic, and jalapeno.
- Cook until the garlic is browned and the jalapeno is fragrant (one minute).
- Add the black beans, salt, cumin, and chili powder; stir gently a few times to cook the spices and get beans mixed into the rice (30 seconds).
- Stir in the tomato juice mixture and bring to a boil.
- Adjust the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle boil; cook and occasionally stir until the beans have absorbed much of the liquid (5-7 minutes).
- Add the tomatoes, oregano, cilantro, and cooked rice.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is warmed (1-2 minutes).