Rice and Beans

The other day I posted my recipe for jerk chicken. That is a standard Jamaican dish and when I cook ethnic foods I try to make sure everything on the plate is of the same region. There is no other Jamaican side that I like more than rice and peas. Rice and peas is a classic dish from Jamaica and it is made with pigeon peas. Usually when I make it I use kidney beans and that is what is in this recipe. Also, I mince a scotch bonnet pepper and throw it in the dish while it is cooking. That makes the rice very spicy so you could choose to keep it whole in the dish and remove it once the dish is done. The last time I made this I actually minced two scotch bonnets in the dish and it was probably the hottest dish I have ever eaten. Since my wife and kids were away at our cottage I thought I would punch it up a notch. Wow did it ever. My brother-in-law and I still enjoyed it, but wow, was there ever some heat in that rice!!

Rice and Beans

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 6 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper , minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • a can of kidney beans drained
  • 2 cups of uncooked rice
  • 4 cups water


  • Use a saucepan, pot, or dutch over that has a lid and is large enough for the whole dish.
  • Heat oil in the saucepan at medium high heat.
  • Add onions and green onions and cook for 3-5 minutes
  • Add scotch bonnet pepper, salt and tyme and cook for another 3 minutes
  • Stir in the kidney beans and cook for 5 minutes
  • Add rice and water and reduce heat to medium/low. Stir and cover with the lid. Stir it every 10 minutes or so and once the water absorbed by the rice taste it for consistency. If the rice is still crunchy then add a little bit more water, cover and wait until it is absorbed.
  • Serve with the jerk chicken for a taste of Jamaica!


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. If you ever dive into Cuban foods, Steve, please, please invite me…when I saw this posted on Facebook I got all excited, but, alas, it was Jamaican…white rice and black bean soup, served with “picadiyo” (spicy fried hamburger) and fried ripe plantain slices, along with a side of cubed avocado and pineapple salad in oil and vinegar…Ai, mi madre!!!!

    • Wow Alan! That food sounds awesome! Cuban food is not something I have tried to cook – I think I need to give it a go. Some time at Maple Grove you may have to teach me some of that stuff. I can pick up the ingredients in Toronto.

  2. Great twist on the classic dish. I have never heard of a scotch bonnet pepper- but I do love spicy!!
    Sounds awesome!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *