Easy Black Beans and Yellow Rice for One

I use my DASH mini appliances on a regular basis, and I’ve shared a few of my favorite recipes with you already. However, I recently realized I’ve only used my mini rice cooker for a few soup recipes. Surprisingly, I haven’t posted anything that uses it for actual rice.

So, this week I’m going to share with you one of my favorite lunch recipes: black beans and yellow rice.

With the Dash mini rice cooker, I don’t have to make an entire batch of rice for my family. I can toss 1/2 cup of uncooked rice in the cooker, and let DASH do the rest. After 30 minutes, I have a tasty lunch that leaves me full for hours. No need to slave away in the kitchen or eat leftovers for an entire week.

black beans and yellow rice for one

Make This Recipe Your Own

I love how versatile black beans and yellow rice can be. On its own, this recipe offers plenty of protein and fiber. If I need to stretch it, I can use it as a burrito filling for Café Rio style pulled pork or I can grab a bag of tortilla chips and use this recipe as a dip. Additionally, I can mix it with beef for tacos, or I can serve it as a side with chicken.

Need to empty out your fridge? Black beans and yellow rice pairs well with a variety of garden veggies: tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, to name a few. Similarly, baby spinach or lettuce can turn your rice mix into a zesty salad.

Want to turn up the heat? Sometimes Mexican food doesn’t feel authentic if it doesn’t melt your mouth. When you’re feeling fiery, toss in a bit of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give this recipe some kick.

black beans and yellow rice for one

Black Beans and Yellow Rice for One

This high protein, high fiber meal not only makes for a yummy lunch on its own, but it also makes for a great burrito filling or side for Mexican cuisine.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1
Calories 391 kcal


  • 100 Grams Rice, Uncooked (1/2 Cup)
  • 2 Grams Chicken Bouillon (1/2 Teaspoon)
  • 1 Gram Ground Cumin (1/4 Teaspoon)
  • 1 Gram Turmeric (1/4 Teaspoon)
  • 1 Gram Paprika (1/4 Teaspoon)
  • 2 Grams Garlic Salt (1/2 Teaspoon)
  • 2 Grams Onion Powder (1/2 Teaspoon)
  • 82 Grams Corn (1/2 Cup)
  • 129 Grams Black Beans (3/4 Cup)
  • 4 Grams Lime Juice (1 Teaspoon)

Additional Toppings

  • Cilantro To Taste
  • Cheddar Cheese To Taste
  • Tomato, Chopped or Diced To Taste
  • Diced Green Onions To Taste
  • Bell Pepper, Chopped or Diced To Taste
  • Avocado, Chunked To Taste
  • Cooked Chicken, Beef, or Pork To Taste
  • Sour Cream To Taste


  • In a Dash mini rice cooker, prepare 1/2 cup rice and stir in in chicken bouillon, ground cumin, turmeric, paprika, garlic salt, and onion powder. Set it to cook.
  • In a small container, mix together the black beans, corn, and lime juice.
  • Add the black bean mixture to the seasoned rice and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Top with green onions, cheddar cheese, cilantro, avocado chunks, or serve with a side of chicken, beef, or pork.


Feel free to try different vegetables and seasonings to suit your tastes and preferences. Spinach or lettuce can turn this recipe into a salad. Or, melting cheese over the top could turn it into a dip for chips. If you want, add cayenne or red pepper flakes for a spicier side dish. 
Keyword Beans and Rice, Yellow Rice

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