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Dinner in 30 Minutes: Spanish Style Beans & Rice Bowl

As a working mom, being pulled in a million different directions, I need an arsenal of kid-tested quick dinners that don’t come from a box, drive thru, or delivery driver. I need meals that are homemade, taste great, and are done in 30 minutes or less.

For this quick dinner, I combined a classic southern smoked sausage with Spanish beans (garbanzo beans), rice, tomatoes, and spices to create a Spanish Beans & Rice Bowl.

 A little Southern, a little Spanish, a WHOLE lot of flavor!

Spanish Style Beans & Rice

Spanish Style Beans & Rice


  • 1 lb. smoked sausage (I prefer Uncle John's Pride Smoked Sausage from Tampa)
  • 2 c. cooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pkt Goya Sazon seasoning with saffron
  • 1 TBSP dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes & chilies


  1. Directions
  2. In a saucepan, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until tender.  Add garbanzo beans, water, bay leaves, Sazon seasoning, red pepper, and parsley. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the can of Ro-Tel tomatoes and chilies and simmer an additional 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.
  3. In a non-stick or seasoned cast iron skillet, fry split sausage links until slightly charred and crisp.  **This can also be done on a grill pan.**
  4. To serve,
  5. Spoon 1/2 c. rice in the center of the bowl.  Spoon beans & juice around (not on top), and place split sausage link over the rice. Garnish with chopped onion and parsley
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