When I was working full time Santa Fe Beans and Rice by Smart Ones was one of my favorite frozen meals to have for lunch. So many times a frozen meal fails to live up to the promise of the photo on the package, but this particular meal was always good. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for making a Copycat Santa Fe Beans and Rice at home. It’s a great for Meatless Mondays and the leftovers will keep well for lunches, too! My version starts with cooked rice to which black beans, corn, salsa, sour cream and some Tex-Mex inspired seasonings are added. Cream cheese can be added to up the creaminess, but it’s optional. Rick doesn’t like it, although I do. I like to bake it when I have the time, but if you have a large dutch oven, the entire dish can be made on top of the stove. I used Goya Adobo seasoning to flavor my Santa Fe Beans and Rice. It’s a blend of salt, garlic, oregano and cumin. Other options are to saute some onions and garlic to add to the mix or spice it up with some chopped jalapenos or chili powder. Since I purchased a spicy salsa, I didn’t add any more onions or peppers.
- 2 cups black beans
- 2 cups sweet corn
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup salsa
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons Adobo seasoning (garlic, salt, oregano, cumin)
- 2 ounces cream cheese (optional)
- 1 - 2 cups shredded cheese
- Mix the beans, corn, rice, sour cream, salsa, tomato paste and seasoning in a large dutch oven over medium heat.
- Pinch off small pieces of cream cheese and drop into the pot. Continue to heat until melted.
- If finishing on the stove, spread the shredded cheese on top of the mix, turn the heat to very low and cover the pot with a lid. It's ready when the cheese is melted.
- If finishing into the oven, transfer the mix to an oven proof baking dish.
- Top with the shredded cheese and bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for 20 minutes or until the casserole is golden brown and bubbly.
We served our Santa Fe Beans and Rice with a green salad, some fresh bread and a nice glass of red wine. It was such a satisfying meatless meal.
ON TO THE PARTY!
Meatless Mondays was created to inspire people to go without meat one day a week. Click here to read more about it on their website. To that end, I’ve teamed up with Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Mary from Mary’s Kitchen to bring you a month long link party dedicated to Meatless Monday offerings. We hope you find something you and your family will love. If you have a meatless recipe you’d like to share, please link up.