Beans and Rice with Apple Jalapeno Salsa

Beans and Rice with Apple Jalepeno Salsa

Today my son had a tennis lesson. Give it up to the city’s summer rec programs! Seriously, we’ve been having a blast with tennis and soccer. Up next will be swimming. I only wish they offered more art classes for kids.

But speaking of tennis, did anyone watch Wimbledon? We watched the championship match for the men and it was awesome. Those guys were putting their souls into that game and England won! This was the first win for them since 1934! Huge deal people. I love tennis and played it through high school. I’m excited that my kids want to learn and love that there’s a park super close to our house that has tennis courts.

A couple weeks ago we finally broke down and bought some kid-sized rackets for our collection. And we added some soft foam balls to help the kids learn a little easier. Yea for playing sports with your kids!

Also, yea for putting up with your kids picky eating. I know how it goes. And if you are blessed with kids who try anything and everything, that’s great.
Beans and Rice with Apple Jalepeno Salsa

So how do you get them to mix their food? Do they separate their food into compartments? Rather than a taco in tortilla it’s a taco buffet?

One way that has helped us is making up a story with the meal as you’re serving it. This sounds a little dorky, but bear with me. Your kids will like it and remember it. When we just had this meal, the kids were reenacting our made-up scenario from 2 months ago!

“This isn’t just rice and beans, this is a volcano. There’s the layers in the Earth and they are building up into a huge mountain. It’s going to explode!! Aahhh, there are chunks that are starting to bubble out! Oh, noooooo! The chunks are falling everywhere, run for cover! (Could even add shredded lettuce…’look at all the smoke coming from the volcano!’).”

This sounds cheesy and it is. But kids like cheese (most of them) and so it works.

Besides the kids though, this meal is awesome. The bean have so much flavor with sauteed peppers, onions, and spices. Add them to brown rice (which you could mix in lime and cilantro if you’re feeling it) and top with apple cilantro jalapeno salsa. You’ve got yourself a party! This is a great meal served for a crowd as well.

I used what I had on hand, so it wasn’t a pure black bean recipe this time. Tyler thought he liked it more. Basically, use the beans you have on hand and hopefully at least some of them will be black…because they’re really good. The inspiration for this dish comes from bon appetit and their black beans and rice recipe.

Beans and Rice with Apple Jalapeno Salsa


  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 sweet peppers (I suggest one red and one green)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 4 15 oz cans beans (black, light red kidney, white, black eye), rinsed and drained
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 apples (granny smith or gala), diced
  • 1 jalapeno, deveined and seeded
  • handful of cilantro, chopped
  • lime juice, juice of one lime
  • lime wedges to serve


  1. Begin your brown rice cooking.
  2. While the rice cooks, saute the onions and peppers until they are soft. Add garlic and spices and stir for a couple minutes until they are aromatic. Add the water, vegetable bouillon, and beans. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and let simmer until the beans are soft. When they are soft, mash the beans using your stirring spoon. They don't need to be mashed up completely, but enough that it's thick rather than separate beans. Add up to a cup more of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix your apples, jalapeno, and cilantro together. Put 2 Tbsp lime juice on top of the mixture and stir to coat apples. I like mine to be pretty strong lime flavored, so I'll even add more.
  4. To assemble, layer rice, then beans, then apple jalapeno salsa, served with a lime wedge on the side.


  1. says

    You’re so cute! I love the story you make up with the kids – I could see this being a helpful trick down the road if I’m the mother of picky eaters!

  2. says

    This looks sooo good, and so fitting for the hot weather we have been having, looks like you could make ahead a lot of it.

    The apple jalapeno salsa sounds amazing – i bet it would rock on some tortilla chips.

    • says

      Absolutely! You could have everything in the fridge ready to go, then heat the rice and beans before serving. Enough lime juice on the apples will prevent any browning too.

      If I was serving the apple salsa with just chips, I think I would add a green or red diced pepper to the mix. It might be too sweet without otherwise. And with homemade chips (cut corn tortillas, some cooking spray, and salt – baked in a single layer)…mmmmm. I’m going to have to do that next time. Good idea.

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