Tasty Haitian Rice and Beans Recipe

We love us some Haitian rice and beans! A mom from our Hispaniola island said one day that if she ever spent more than 3 days without cooking some rice, her youngest son would complain: "Mom, I need some real food!"



Some people prefer their Haitian rice dried-cooked, while others like it steamed in more water. You decide! Just like you can choose which kind of dry beans you'll use in your recipe (whether black, green, or red kidney ones)

Haitian rice and beans with coconut milk

  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 cup of dried black beans
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 5 cups of water
  • A pinch of garlic powder
  • Salt (if desired)
  • 1 Maggi (or Seasoning)
  • Diced green peepper
  • 2 tablespoons of oil

Directions for the Beans

  • Wash and drain dried beans and place in a medium pot.
  • Add water and let them boil on high. Check beans from time to time for tenderness. If you like your rice dried-cooked, you don't want your beans overcooked.
  • Usually, it takes about 35 to 45 minutes, depending on the kind of beans that is used.

  • Once cooked, drain the beans and keep 1 1/2 cup of the boiled water aside for the rice cooking.

Directions for the Rice

  • Heat the oil in a pan; then add the green onions and cooked beans.
  • Cover for 2 minutes; Then add the salt and coconut milk
  • Reduce heat to medium and keep on stirring
  • Add boiled-bean water (that you kept aside!)
  • Add maggi, garlic powder and green peeper. Add a bit of salt, if needed
  • Increase the heat slightly and let content boil covered
  • Uncover and add the rice. Stir everything
  • As the water reduces, also reduce the heat
  • When water dries, cover and simmer for 35 minutes.

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