Cauliflower Rice and Black Beans with Corn is an easy recipe to serve up a wholesome, plant-based meal, topped with a fresh tomato-cilantro salsa. Gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan.
Easy weeknight meals have been my saving grace as of late. If said meals make good leftovers, then it’s a total bonus.
Cauliflower rice has quickly made its way into our weekly rotation alongside quinoa, brown rice, and lentils. The beauty of cauliflower rice is that you can easily make it from a head of cauliflower, or, as I often do, buy frozen riced cauliflower and make the countdown to dinner even faster.
This cauliflower rice and black beans with corn and fresh tomato-cilantro salsa is veggie-filled and fiber-rich. Lightly seasoned, it is a perfect meal to add your favorite toppings, like avocado slices, cheese, sour cream, or added protein.
So whichever way you want it, cauliflower rice and beans will be your weeknight savior.
Cauliflower Rice and Black Beans with Corn
Cauliflower Rice and Black Beans with Corn is an easy recipe to serve up a wholesome, plant-based meal. Use ready-made frozen riced cauliflower for a quicker assembly. Gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan.
Mix it up by using as a burrito filling or add-in a protein of choice! Add toppings as you desire, such as avocado slices, cheese, or sour cream.
- 1 head of cauliflower, riced* or 1-12oz package frozen cauliflower rice about 3 1/2 cups
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- 2-15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (2 limes) divided
- 12 ounces cherry tomatoes quartered
- 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
- avocado slices
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
In a 12-inch skillet, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring, about 7 minutes.
Stir in corn and cook about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in cauliflower rice, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Turn down heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add black beans and 1 tablespoon lime juice, stir, and cook for about 5 minutes more or until beans are heated through. Add extra chili powder, cumin, or salt and pepper if desired and to taste.
While rice and beans are cooking, add remaining tablespoon lime juice, tomatoes, and cilantro to a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
When the cauliflower rice and beans are ready to serve, top with tomato mixture.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
*New to Cauliflower Rice? See here: How to make Cauliflower Rice from The Kitchn.
Inspired and adapted from America's Test Kitchen.