Brown Rice and Bean with Ginger Chile Salsa

Recipe by Mary-Frances Heck


It's not traditional, but we love the heat that fresh ginger adds to salsa.

4 servings
Active: 20 minutes
Total: 50 minutes


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Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, divide
1 medium onion, chopped, divided
1 cup brown rice
Kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water
2 red jalapeños or Fresno or Holland chiles, stemmed, halved, seeded
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon chopped peeled ginger
1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 avocado, halved, pitted, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese or feta
Lime wedges (for serving)

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Preparation
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 of onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Add 2 cups water and season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is just tender, 40-50 minutes.

Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork. Fold in 1/4 cup cilantro; season with salt and pepper.

While rice is cooking, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/3 of remaining onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened, about 5 minutes.

Add coriander and cumin; stir 1 minute. Add beans and broth; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, occasionally mashing beans, until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Pulse chiles, garlic, ginger, lime zest, lime juice, and remaining onion in a blender until a chunky sauce forms. Season salsa with salt.

Serve rice with beans; top with salsa, avocado, cheese, 1/4 cup cilantro, and lime wedges.

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