Mexican Red Beans {and Cauli Rice}

Before Whole30, we ate beans and rice once or twice a month. We love it! I tried to keep a bag of beans and a bag of rice on hand as a staple item for an easy crockpot meal. After introducing beans back into my diet post-whole30, I realized that I had no adverse reactions and did a little happy dance because my family loves them. So, this has become a staple {and cheap!} meal for us again. I’ve just cleaned it up significantly. We used to top ours with cheese and sour cream {my kids still do one or the other} but now we eat it just like the photo- on top of Cauli Rice with lots of green stuff on top. It’s gluten free, dairy free and sugar free, full of veggies… And delicious!

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! If you make it and post a photo to Instagram tag me! Tag me in your actual photo and use the hashtag #EmilyEatsRealFoodRecipe. I love seeing the creations you come up with from my recipes.

P.S. Beans are not Whole30.

The recipe for the Pickled Purple Onions can be found here.

Mexican Red Beans
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  • 1 Hambone
  • 1 lb Bag of Dried Red Beans {or Black Beans}
  • 1 Can of Rotel {Tomatoes with Green Chilies}
  • 2 Heaping Tablespoons of Dehydrated Onion {Or fresh if you prefer}
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot {Mine is 5qt}, and add water.
  2. Leave about an inch of space at the top of the crockpot bowl.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. {If you think ahead, like I usually do not, and soak your beans over night, they'll cook a little faster- 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.


Wanna know what tools I use to make this recipe? Here’s the Crockpot I use, Rotel {it can be hard to find in certain parts of the US}, and the stainless steel bowls we use at most meals.

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I’ll post the Cauli Rice recipe I use, soon!!

2 replies
  1. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    Emily – is it 3 tsp of salt or 2 tsp salt 1tsp pepper?? I think there was a typo in the recipe. Looking forward to trying this. Thanks!


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