one skillet creamy chipotle mexican rice with black beans

Jessica Penner, RDMeatless, Recipes8 Comments

creamy chipotle rice

I can’t rave enough about this recipe. I could eat it all day long. So could my 18 month old. 

When I make a recipe that calls for rice I always make double the amount that I need. Leftover rice is perfect to use the next day in a second rice dish, such as fried rice or this new favourite of mine: One Skillet Creamy Chipotle Mexican Rice with Black Beans. Try saying that three times fast. 

  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Healthy
  • Tasty

What more could you ask for in a recipe? 


mexican chipotle skillet

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One Skillet Creamy Chipotle Mexican Rice with Black Beans

  • Author: Jessica Penner


  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Chicken Better Than Bouillon (or vegetarian)
  • ½ chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped (or more if you like spice!)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (or 1 can drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk (or fresh)
  • ½ cup cream cheese


  1. In a large skillet, heat the canola oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and red pepper. Saute until just starting to soften.
  3. Add the garlic, bouillon paste, chipotle pepper, oregano, and cumin. Saute one minute.
  4. Add the black beans, corn, and rice and cook while stirring until the rice is heated through.
  5. Add the salsa, evaporated milk, and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is melted and everything is nicely combined.


  • This is one of my favourite recipes to use up leftover rice!
  • The chipotle pepper can be omitted if you don’t have any on hand; the recipe still turns out wonderfully!


  • Serving Size: 3

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8 Comments on “one skillet creamy chipotle mexican rice with black beans”

  1. I tried this recipe today minus the pepper. It was absolutely scrumptious. Thanks so much for sharing. Do you have a good recipe for caesar salad dressing?

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Admittedly, I’ve never been a big fan of Caesar salad. Okay, that’s an understatement. I really dislike Caesar salad! I never liked mayo… although recently I’ve been warming up to it. So maybe it’s something I could try my hand at now! I know Jeremy would sure appreciate it because he LOVES Caesar salad.

  2. This looks wonderful for a busy weeknight meal. Definitely trying it next week when I’m at work all week

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