This Slow Cooker Mexican Bean and Brown Rice Stew is great comfort food. It warms you from the inside, and it smells terrific while it cooks in the crock pot. It’s also fun to let your family garnish each bowl however the want – cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, fresh herbs, avocado, whatever suits your fancy.
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Slow Cooker Mexican Bean and Brown Rice Stew

Slow Cooker Mexican Bean and Brown Rice Stew is great comfort food. It warms you from the inside, and it smells terrific while it cooks in the crock pot. It’s also fun to let your family garnish each bowl however the want – cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, fresh herbs, avocado, whatever suits your fancy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ½ cups water
  • 1 can 15 ounce fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon vegetable base
  • 1 can 4 ounce diced green chiles, undrained
  • 1 can 15.25 ounce white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 can 4.25 ounce diced black olives

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, and cook until it starts to brown, about 20 minutes. Add chopped red pepper, and cook about 7-10 minutes until softened. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt. Cook until fragrant, a couple of minutes.
  2. While the onion cooks, add the water, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, bouillon base, and diced green chiles to the bowl of the crock pot or slow cooker. Once the onion mixture with all the spices has finished cooking, stir it into the wet ingredients in the crock pot.
  3. Cook in the slow cooker for 3 hours on low (preferred) or 2 hours on high.
  4. Mix the beans, brown rice, and olives into the crock pot, and continue to cook, turning the crock pot to HIGH setting, for an additional 2 hours.
  5. Serve, topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, oregano, or toppings of your choice.