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One-Pot Cheesy Mexican Lentils, Black Beans, and Rice

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This warm, savory, cheesy, slightly spicy Mexican Rice dish JUST HAPPENS to be gluten-free, vegetarian, very easy to make, and good for you. That is NOT why to eat it, and no one will ever say, "This tastes so healthy!" This is warm, hearty, cheesy, feel-good food.

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • Prep: 15 min
    Cooking: 40 min
    Total: 55 min


  • 1/2 yellow onion
    1 clove garlic
    1/2 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
    1/2 cup uncooked green lentils (red or brown lentils are also okay
    3 cups vegetable stock
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper (optional, but recommended)
    15 oz can black beans
    1/2 cup fire-roasted tomatoes (regular diced tomatoes will work)
    4 oz diced green chilis
    1 small zucchini
    1/2 cup frozen corn
    1 cup red enchilada sauce
    1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
    1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
    (OR use 3/4 cup total of the shredded cheese of your choice)

Number of Servings

  • 4


  • Large pot or saucepan
    Slotted spoon or a fork


  • Measure your stuff
    Open your cans
    Defrost your corn

Additional Notes

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