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One Pan Cilantro Lime Rice (with Black Beans)

Beans and rice are a staple in our house along with cilantro and limes. It’s pretty rare we don’t have them all, so this One Pan Cilantro Lime Rice (with Black Beans) recipe was simply a must-try. And since I love all these things on their own, how great is it to have them together??!!

This post was originally published on August 9, 2017. The text and photos were updated on August 17, 2021. The review and rating have not been changed.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Rice (with Black Beans) simmered with jalapeños, green chilies and red onions spiked with cilantro and lime for the most satisfying Mexican rice you will want to serve with everything. Or with nothing because it’s cravilicious all by itself.

Recipe Author: Jen at Carlsbad Cravings
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The Ingredients

As I mentioned earlier, beans, rice, cilantro, and limes are household staples. I also happened to have the olive oil, cumin, chicken broth, and butter on hand.

I only had to buy a few things to make this dish: red onion, jalapeños, and canned green chiles. None of them were difficult to find or expensive. That’s one of my favorite things about meatless meals!

One Pan Cilantro Lime Rice (With Black Beans) Ingrediets
Cilantro, jalapeno peppers, red onion, canned green chili peppers, olive oil, long grain rice, butter, chicken broth, cumin, canned black beans, garlic, and lime juice

The Process

No special equipment is needed, which is always a good thing in my book. The prep and cook times were both accurate (10 and 20 minutes, respectively), making this dish very quick to make in 30 minutes.

The mix of fresh and canned ingredients helped speed things along—always a plus in my book. I did some measuring and chopping, then I got to cooking.

Chopped red onion
Chopped red onion

My first instinct was to make this in a large saucepan or a saute pan, but the instructions said to use a large nonstick skillet. It was a perfect size and made the first few steps (sauteeing the vegetables) easy. It also meant I had to carefully everything after the rice was cooked, but things worked out just fine.

I included the optional tablespoon of butter in the ingredients photo, but I ended up not using it. The rice didn’t dry out during cooking, and I didn’t see the point in adding extra fat and calories for very little extra flavor. Trust me, this One Pan Cilantro Lime Rice already has tons of that!

One Pan Cilantro Lime Rice in a large nonstick skillet
One Pan Cilantro Lime Rice in a large nonstick skillet

Serving Suggestion

The first time I made this recipe, I served it as a side with skirt steak that had been seasoned with Toasted Cumin and Black Pepper Rub (recipe below). Since then, I have made this recipe many times, and it also goes well with chicken.

It’s also very versatile and a great way to use up leftovers. The accompanying post notes that you can add cheese, sour cream, salsa, or sliced avocado to the finished dish. It also mentions cooking it with diced tomatoes, which is something I highly recommend!

One more thing to note is this recipe makes a wonderful meatless meal all on its own. This recipe is also vegan-friendly, just sub in vegetable broth and vegan butter.

Toasted Cumin and Black Pepper Rub

This toasted spice rub is an easy way to add flavor to beef and chicken. Make up a batch, and keep it in a sealed container so it's handy for quick dinners.

Servings 4
Author The Hungry Pinner


  • 1/4 cup Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


Stove-top Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a skillet and toast on medium for about 2 minutes, stirring from time to time so the spices cook evenly. Spices should darken and become aromatic when ready.

  2. Allow to cool, then grind in a spice grinder. makes enough rub for 4 chicken breast quarters.

Toaster Oven Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a rimmed tray that will fir into the toaster oven. Set dial between 2 and 3, and toast. Spices should darken and become aromatic when ready.

  2. Allow to cool, then grind in a spice grinder. makes enough rub for 4 chicken breast quarters.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The National Chicken Council

So how was it?

Clear & Accurate Directions
Accurate Time(s)
The taste of the peppers and onions was very subtle. I mostly noticed the cilantro, lime, black beans and rice. I also tried it with and without adding extra salt and enjoyed it both ways, although the cilantro taste was more subtle with salt added. This is a savory side dish that is flexible enough to pair with meat or fish and can even be eaten on its own.
I'm Candice, and I'm The Hungry Pinner. I created this blog to share my love for cooking and my experiences with the MANY recipes I've found on Pinterest over the years. Join me as I blog my way through those recipes to find out if they are worth trying yourself.


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