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This vegan Spanish inspired rice and beans make for an easy & healthy rice cooker meal!

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Today we are sharing with you an easy vegan rice cooker meal that you can have ready in just 35 minutes, including prep time! Our Vegan Spanish Inspired Rice and Beans is guaranteed to hit the spot 😉

I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the things that always got in the way of eating healthfully is time. After a long work or school day, the last thing I ever wanted to do was cook — and instead, I was one to just grab what was easiest from either our freezer or a local restaurant. We made this rice cooker meal to help with that!

This recipe will help you to:

  • save time– you’ll have 6 servings made in just 35 minutes!
  • save money– this is made with budget-friendly ingredients!
  • save dishes–  it requires just one pot!
a spoon full of spanish rice and beans in a rice cooker.

If anyone is interested in our rice cooker, it is from the brand Vita Clay. This post is not a sponsored post but we did get sent a cooker to try out and we have had great results with it and would highly recommend it! It is not only a rice cooker but it also a slow cooker, digital steamer, and yogurt maker. You can use the code “vegan10” for a discount 🙂

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This recipe is made in conjunction with our healthy eating challenge we are doing for the month of January– have you joined along? It is never too late to join, and we encourage you to join our facebook group as it as made this month of healthy eating so much easier with a supportive community! It’s been such a fun experience to see everyone’s delicious meals on #SSVhealthy 2018 🙂 Looking for more one-pot recipes? Check out these other recipes on the blog:

Make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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Vegan Spanish Inspired Rice and Beans

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  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


An easy vegan rice cooker meal that you can have ready in just 35 minutes! This Vegan Spanish Inspired Rice and Beans is hearty, flavorful and is guaranteed to hit the spot.


  • 2 cups uncooked Jasmine brown rice, thoroughly rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onions, minced
  • 1 rib celery, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Garnish with (optional):

  • Fresh lime, sliced into wedges
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. Add all of the ingredients into your rice cooker pot and mix thoroughly until uniform. Cover and set it to cook on the “brown rice” setting (about 25-30 minutes).
  2. Remove lid and allow the rice to cool for 5 minutes, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with a wedge of lime and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.


  • Stovetop option: Add all of the ingredients (except for the salt and pepper) into a large pot, mix thoroughly and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cover. Cook until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a wedge of lime and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

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  1. I’m a busy student and is myFAVORITE meal prep recipe. So fast and easy. You won’t regret making it. Top with guac for best results ❤️

  2. I made this for the first (but not the last) time, for my family. My family are being dragged into veganism against their will, and it’s tough to find stuff they will all appreciate. I found a recipe for stuffed peppers that I make for them often, and this is basically a stovetop version of that. Therefore it was a big success! No turning on the oven!

  3. Having 4 young kids at home, I LOVE simple one-pot healthy meals like this one! The fam liked it so much they were asking to have it again tomorrow! It was fast to throw together, so its a great busy weeknight go-to meal to have on hand that uses ingredients you most likely already have. I will make this again, thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes! You could 🙂 You would just prepare it as you would prepare rice in a pot! Bring everything to a boil, cover pot with a tight-fitting lid and reduce heat to low. Cook, without uncovering pot for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove pan from heat and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff up the cooked rice mixture with a fork. Enjoy! 🙂

  4. I have never made rice right. Burnt it or it wasn’t ready yet…. I cook it stovetop.
    With your measurements I will definitely try to make some asap and post it on my Instagram.
    Keep up the great work, you 3 are great. Jasmin, Christopher and Berry… Did Berry help too… Hope to see you all soon, at the next vegan festival.

    1. I hope you love this recipe! Haha yes, Berry totally helped!Thank you so much for the support Junior 🙂