Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 spray(s) cooking spray, garlic-flavored   
  •   1 small uncooked onion(s), chopped   
  • 1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced   
  • 1/2 cup(s) uncooked white rice, converted-variety recommended   
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) fat free chicken broth   
  •   14 1/2 oz canned tomato puree, roasted-variety   
  •   15 oz canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed   
  • 2 slice(s) reduced-fat cooked crisp bacon, crumbled   
  • 2 Tbsp canned chipotle sauce   
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano   
  • 1/2 tsp table salt   
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper   
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped   
  •   1 Tbsp uncooked scallion(s), chopped (green part only)   

Instructions

  • Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to skillet and sauté until slightly softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place rice, broth, tomato puree, beans, bacon, chipotle sauce, oregano, salt and pepper in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker; add sautéed vegetables. Cover and cook on low setting for 3 1/2 hours; stir in cilantro and scallion just before serving. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Notes

  • Start this dish on a weekend morning and you’ll have lunch waiting for you. But don’t keep the beans and rice simmering all day, as the consistency will suffer.Converted rice is sometimes recommended in slow cooker recipes since the grains do not clump together as much as they do with regular rice. You can, however, use regular white rice if you prefer.

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