Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I think this year, we should – even if it only means a fantastic Mexican feast! So, bust out a big pan of your famous enchiladas or tacos – I’ll be making my easy Crock Pot Tacos – and then pop this easy Cinco de Mayo side dish in the oven … cheesy baked black beans & rice!!
You know I am alllllll about easy recipes, right? Well, this recipe only has 3 ingredients, so it is most definitely EASY! And can be doubled or even tripled for a crowd. So, whether you are having a small family dinner or a big Mexican fiesta, cheesy baked black beans & rice are a must make!
Cheesy Baked Black Beans & Rice ~ Cinco de Mayo Side Dish
- 2 cups prepared rice
- One 15.5 oz. can seasoned black beans undrained
- 2 cups shredded triple cheddar cheese
- Cilantro lime wedges and salsa for garnish, optional
Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and preheat oven to 350*.
Spread the prepared rice in the bottom of the baking dish.
Spread the beans evenly over the rice.
Finally, cover the beans with the shredded cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted and just beginning to brown.
Sprinkle with cilantro to garnish and serve with lime wedges and salsa, if desired.
This Cinco de Mayo side dish is a quick twist on basic black beans and rice, but hey, everything is better topped with an ooey gooey layer of melted cheese, right?
I like to add lime zest and a squeeze of lime juice to my rice while it is cooking. If you like heat, add a layer of sliced jalapeños under the cheese. While your cheesy black beans & rice are baking, you will have plenty of time to enjoy a margarita and a few chips and homemade fresh salsa or guacamole. I have a delicious twist on guacamole coming soon, too! Ole!
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