17 Recipes You Can Make with Leftover Rice and Beans

While some look at leftovers as taking up extra space in their fridge, we see them as an exciting opportunity. Having some of your ingredients already prepped saves you a few extra steps, so it’s a time-saver, too. From burrito bowls to casseroles, it’s easy to bring leftover rice and beans back to life with these 17 recipes.

17 Surprising Recipes to Make with Leftover Chicken

Honey-chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

Dream dinner right here.

Crock-pot Pork Adobo With Black Beans

A new twist on a Filipino classic.

20-minute Cilantro Chicken With Rice And Beans

Ready before your family can ask, “What’s for dinner?”

Salsa Chicken And Rice Casserole

This one has “weeknight” written all over it.

Black Bean Plantain Vegan Bowl

Packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Fiesta Chicken And Rice

Throw in any extra veggies you have on hand.

Mexican Chicken And Rice Casserole

The easiest decision you’ll make all week.

Vegan Brown Rice Jambalaya With Black Eyed Peas And Collards

We’re swooning over this one by Coterie member Phoebe Lapine.

Chipotle Black Bean, Brown Rice, And Mango Quesadillas

A double batch is in order. Trust us.

Cheesy Beans And Rice

With leftover rice, step one is already done.

Lime Cilantro Chicken With Mixed Rice And Black Beans

The leftovers make a fabulous lunch.

Chipotle Enchilada Shrimp With Rice And Beans

Cool if we eat the whole skillet?

Coconut Brown Rice, Black Beans And Sweet Potato With Cashew Cilantro Lime Sauce

Believe it: This beauty by Coterie member Gina Hamshaw is totally vegan.

Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl

Eat your heart out, Chipotle.

Vegan Crunchwrap

Once you try cashew queso, you’ll be hooked.

Loaded, Smothered Beef Burritos

Just the cheesy goodness we had in mind.

Southwest Egg Rolls

Don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried ’em.

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