Brown Rice and Bean Chili

Healthy and tasty, this vegetarian chili bowl makes a speedy lunch or snack.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 2 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 7 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 2 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup canned mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup prepared tomato salsa
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • This 5 ingredient chili bowl is quick and comforting. Try it with Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, toss together beans, salsa and tomato sauce in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH for 60-90 seconds, until heated through.

    Step 3

  • Toss with cooked rice. Sprinkle with Cheddar before serving.

    Recipe Tip

    Use mild, medium or spicy salsa to suit your taste.

Anytime Chili

When craving a warm and savory bowl of chili, you might not always have the time or ingredients on hand to make a large batch. No problem! We’ve got a perfect, tasty and filling shortcut version that you can make anytime and anywhere you have a microwave available.

Made with pantry ingredients, this chili uses quick-cooking Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice along with canned beans, tomato sauce, your favorite store-bought salsa and Cheddar cheese. Keep these 5 simple ingredients on hand and you’ll be ready the next time a chili-craving strikes.

Have an event coming up and want to make more to share? Simply double or triple this recipe and enjoy. Or, accompany your chili with a Tex-Mex Mini Casserole, using shredded chicken, and a meat-free Southwest Rice Salad. For something with more of a Latin American flavor, take a look at this simple Mexican rice recipe. You might also want to try a Chicken and Rice Instant Pot recipe for something convenient and hearty. Egg and Rice is also always a simple popular option. Find more meal ideas and easy vegetarian meal options here, all ready in under 5 minutes!

Make it Your Way!

We top our chili with shredded Cheddar cheese, but feel free to top it with your favorite, like Monterey Jack, Mexican-style panela or Oaxaca cheese.

You can also personalize your chili with sour cream, green onions, tortilla chips and extra salsa or guacamole.

Made with rice and beans, this hearty bowl is naturally vegetarian. If you want more savory flavor and added protein, toss in leftover cooked chicken, turkey, ham or sliced bacon.

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