Caribbean Beans and Rice

Trying to lower your grocery bill? Try this simple recipe for Caribbean Beans and Rice! It’s an easy and frugal dinner idea.

Try this delicious and simple caribbean beans and rice recipe!

Wondering what I’ve been up to lately? Well, lots of things, but one of the main things is trying to drastically lower our grocery bill!

RELATED: How We Cut Our Grocery Bill in Half

Recently, when we took a look at our finances and tried to find a way to cut back our expenses, the food budget was one of the main things we felt we had control over. With a bit of planning and creativity, we’ve been able to cut back our spending on food and save several hundred dollars each month.

With seven mouths to feed (including three hungry teenagers), we go through a lot of food every month. Our grocery budget can easily get out-of-control without careful monitoring.

Even though we started working on our grocery budget out of necessity, I actually think budgeting and saving money is fun. It’s like a game, trying to see how much money we can save.

Since beans and rice are cheap (and we already had a large supply of them on hand), I’ve been trying to include more of these ingredients into our meal plan on a regular basis.

Here’s one of our favorite ways to eat beans and rice. My pickiest eater actually told me he loves this recipe! 🙂

Caribbean Beans and Rice

This recipe is both delicious and frugal. You can add or eliminate ingredients depending on your preferences or what you have on hand.

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Caribbean Beans and Rice

This is our favorite way to eat beans and rice!
Course: Main Course
Servings: 7
Author: Joy Kincaid


  • 2 cups dry pinto beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil (we use expeller pressed coconut oil)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups rice


  • Rinse and soak pinto beans in water overnight.
  • In the morning, drain the beans. Add the beans, 6 cups of water, and salt to a large pot (I just use the pot I soaked the beans in).
  • Bring beans to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain beans and reserve the bean liquid.
  • When the beans are almost finished cooking, add the oil, garlic, onions, and seasonings together in a skillet. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the sauteed vegetables, 2 cans of diced tomatoes (with the juices), and 2 cups of rice to the pot with the beans in it. Add 4 cups of the reserved bean liquid (add water if necessary to make about 4 cups). 
  • Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 20-25 minutes without stirring so the rice will cook properly.
  • That's it! Serve this with a green salad for a complete and delicious meal.

carribean beans and rice

Serving Ideas

As I mentioned above, this is a very versatile recipe. You can use kidney beans in place of the pinto beans. A fresh tomato can be substituted for the canned diced tomatoes, and you can use less garlic if you prefer.

I use white basmati rice for this recipe.

Serve it with a large salad for a delicious and satisfying meal.

carribean beans and rice

This makes about exactly enough for our family of 7, for one meal with no leftovers. With a side dish (such as salad), it could stretch a bit further to feed a few more.

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  1. Hi Joy,
    I realize the date on your post is 2017, but found this recipe and the motivation to save money on the grocery budget most appropriate for today! I am excited to try this recipe and appreciate your encouragement as a homemaker. Also, I watched a video about your Homemaking Binder and plan to create one as well. I’ve been married 33 years and have tried various planners/binders, but your prompting to create one that fits oneself is very freeing & seems more economical. Blessings to you & your family.

    1. Thank you, Deidre! I hope you enjoy the recipe! And I’m so happy that the homemaking binder video was helpful. I love mine! Blessings to you as well!

  2. This looks delicious! I’ve pinned it for future reference. I’ve always loved red beans and rice, and this looks like a fun different approach to those.

    Thank you for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  3. Hi Joy,
    This looks delicious! We too are working on our budget through groceries and meal planning. Most of our bills are fixed and this is the one area that has wiggle room. I too have boys (men) in my home who are sure they need meat with their meal, and can see that it would easily be suitable to many proteins. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you share more simple and inexpensive meal ideas and/or ways you are saving money.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing, Joy. We are also trying to cut our grocery budget. My husband is a stickler for wanting meat in his meals, but I’m going to try this as a side or for the kids.

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