Frugal potluck choices: Our favorite beans and rice
I grew up in a home where beans were rarely served (and then, it was either baked beans or my mom's chili).
Joshua grew up eating lots of beans and rice, and when we got married he told me that beans really weren't his favorite... especially not beans and rice.
We've been married 7 years now and I've really expanded my recipe collection when it comes to beans! I've been able to find lots of yummy meals that include beans and satisfy my husband's taste buds! :)
One such recipe from the past year has been the dreaded... beans and rice. The first night I served beans and rice, I didn't even tell Joshua what I had made for dinner! I just served it up. ;) And as I had hoped... my version of beans and rice was acceptable to him! He actually said it was good!! I was so delighted, since the children and I all love it! :)
I don't have a "real" recipe, but here is how I make my beans and rice:
I cook pinto beans following this recipe. We like our beans nice and tender! :) Adding the salt and Tapatio hot sauce called for in that recipe makes for some fabulous tasting beans!
I cook some rice. Our favorite is basmati rice, which I get in bulk at Costco. But any rice will work! For some extra color in the rice, I sometimes add chives or paprika.
Then I layer the cooked rice, cooked beans, and shredded cheeses. If I'm taking the dish to a potluck, I can easily re-warm this part in the oven.
When serving, I add some sour cream to the top and serve with tortilla chips on the side.
We all love this way of making beans and rice, and I've taken it to our church potlucks many times, since it is affordable and everyone loves it! :)
Here's my price breakdown when making beans and rice for a crowd. And these amounts really will make about 16 servings. :) Prices are from Costco.
2.5 pounds C+F pinto beans $1.29
Salt and Tapatio hot sauce $0.05
2.5 cups dry (7.5 cups cooked) Basmati rice $1.10
4 cups (1 pound) Tillamook shredded cheddar cheese $2.20
2 cups (16 ounces) Darigold sour cream $0.90
16 ounces Mission tortilla strips $1.11
Total cost for 16 servings: $6.65
Reasons we love this beans and rice:
It's yummy! :)
I don't take this to every potluck though... I still make my cheesy bread for potlucks, and have recently taken homemade pizza (re-warmed in the oven) which was eaten in a flash!! :) I like variety, so it's fun making various things to take. :)
This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of main dishes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out after freezing!