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Top 5 Bare Basic Black Bean & Rice Survival Recipes For SHTF

You probably have a nice stash of rice and beans (if you don’t, you should!), but have you ever thought about serving them day after day?

How would you make the meals creative?  What could you do to avoid a bad case of food fatigue, or mutiny?

The three most stockpiled items are bullets, beans (tied with rice), and bandages. When it comes to the beans most preppers are in for a shock.

Sure, they may have an ample supply sitting in a closet but they don’t know how cook them day after day to make the most of them.

Rice is rich in starch, and an excellent source of energy. Beans are rich in protein, and contain other minerals. Put the two together and you have a virtual super food with all the essential amino acids and enough calories to keep you moving.

Eating plain old beans and rice every day is about as fun as chewing on cardboard. Again I ask the preppers out there, How would you make the meals creative?  What could you do to avoid a bad case of food fatigue, or flat out mutiny?

You need to collect, print out, and try a list of recipes with your family/group/dog and make a simple cookbook of your favorites. I recommend at least a dozen different recipes, that way you never eat the same thing in one week.

Top 5 Bare Bones Black Bean & Rice Survival Recipes

Below is a list of our favorite survival recipes, meaning the ingredient list is small or contains easy to obtain items.

if you want truly tasteful food in SHTF you’ll either have to stockpile a lot more than you thought or grow a small garden. This is for those who aren’t so lucky. Thankfully a lot can be done with herbs and spices too.

1. – Old Bay Beaners


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup beans
  • 1 Tbsp of Old Bay Seasoning (or to taste)


Nothing fancy here, just easy to store and cheap to make food. Old Bay Seasoning will keep for YEARS. Cook it all together in a pot and serve, super simple. Just the way it should be in SHTF.

2. – Bean Patties


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup beans
  • little oil (optional)
  • Any herbs or spices that you have, garlic powder and onion powder work well.
  • Optional – Cut wild onions, peppers, whatever you can forage, find, grow, or trade


Cook the beans and rice separately. Mash the beans into a paste then combine with the rice and spices. Don’t be too rough. Combine into patties and fry in a pan. Yum.

3. – Bean and Rice Soup


  • 1-1/4 cups beans
  • 1 cup rice
  • 6-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • taco or chilli seasoning packet
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk (optional, but really helps)


This one requires a few more ingredients but they are all standard prepper stocks, cheap, and easy to keep. Soak and pre-cook the beans. When they are done combine in a saucepan the water and powdered milk (optional). Add beans, rice, and seasonings and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until the beans are soft. Can also be cooked uncovered into a thick sauce instead of a soup.

4. – Spicy Beans and Rice


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup beans
  • pepper, salt
  • garlic powder
  • Tabasco or Sriracha
  • Optional – Wild onion, bell pepper, meat


Pre-soak the beans over night, then bring to a boil. Add about 1/2 tsp of pepper, salt, and garlic powder. (Optional) dice an onion and a bell pepper and add it to the cooking beans. Had a good hunt? Throw in a pound of meat and let simmer for a couple of hours, if not it’s ok. Serve over a bed of rice. Add Tabasco or Sriracha at the table.

5. – Hoppin’ Johns


  • 1 1/2 cups dry beans
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 pound chunk of meat or meat bones, work with what you have
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • Optional – Wild onion, chopped


This one is for after the hunt. Set rice aside and combine everything else in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hrs. Remove the meat and dice, return meat to the pot. Stir in the rice, cover and cook until the rice is tender (about 20 to 25 minutes). Season to taste.

*BONUS* — Top 5 Got-a-Garden Black Bean & Rice Recipes

These recipes are for the lucky ones with more preps or a fresh garden in hard times.

Not only do they taste great RIGHT NOW but they add just enough extra for great taste while still being frugal.

1. – 1-2-3 Black Rice Chili


  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Can of Salsa
  • 15 oz black beans; rinsed, drained
  • 15 oz rice
  • 10 oz corn
  • 1 tsp Chili powder


Bring everything to boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat to low (or move to the edge of the fire); simmer 10 minutes. Garnish with hot red pepper slices if you have them.

2. – Aztec Black Beans & Rice


  • 1 lb dried black beans
  • 1 lb rice
  • 1 jar salsa (16 ounce)
  • Water


Rinse beans. Place in a large bowl and cover with water and allow to soak at room temperature overnight. Drain beans and place in a saucepan with the rice and salsa and stir. Add enough water just to cover the beans. Cover and cook on low all day, 8 – 10 hours.

3. – B.B.B.R. (Baked Black Beans & Rice)


  • 1 lb Black beans
  • 1 lb Rice
  • 1 lg Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Minced carrot
  • 1 tbs Salt
  • 1 tbs Black pepper
  • Optional – Bay leaf, thyme, parsley
  • 6 cups Water


Soak beans overnight in water to cover, or boil 2 minutes and soak 1 hour, then re-boil. Drain soaked beans, add 6 cups of water. Add rice, vegetables and seasonings, cook slowly until beans are tender, 1 1/2-2 hrs. Discard herbs. Place beans and their juice in a dutch over. Cover and bake until beans and rice are tender, 2 hours usually. Sprinkle parsley over the top and serve.

4. – Bean and Rice Skillet


  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Salsa
  • 4 Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup Uncooked instant white rice
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1 Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 15oz Black beans — Soaked and drained
  • Optional – 1 lb Ground meat — Browned and drained


Combine sauce ingredients in large skillet; mix well. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice, beans, corn, bell pepper, and meat (optional). Reduce heat to low or put on the edge of the fire. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until rice is cooked and vegetables are tender.

5. – Black Bean and Rice Salad


  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1 cup Black beans
  • 1 cup Chopped fresh tomato
  • Lettuce leaves


Cook the rice and beans together. Add the tomatoes near the very end and simmer slightly for 5-10 mins. Let cool and serve on lettuce leaves.

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