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 Recipes You Can Make with Leftover Rice and Beans
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.
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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