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Cheesy Black Bean Risotto

2 reviews / 4.5 average

Black bean risotto is the food of choice this week.

Yes, I said week. It’s a little random, I know, but the inspiration for “Risotto Week” came when I started totaling my Black Friday bills. Not to mention, we are in the process of refurnishing parts of our home, and we’ve been eating out more lately... ‘tis the season for spending!

Or, maybe not! As I brainstormed ways to cut back on our grocery bill this week, an image of the my 36 ounce container of risotto popped into my head.

The one that was “worth the money” because I would supposedly make risotto all the time. The one that is still sitting on a shelf, waiting to be used.

Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Anyway, my brilliant plan is to save money on meals this week by just making many varieties of risotto. And my first attempt - although somewhat spontaneous - turned out as creamy and delicious as ever.

Cheesy black bean risotto with toppings on a white plate.
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Cheesy Black Bean Risotto

Cheesy Black Bean Risotto

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This cheesy black bean risotto recipe adds a Mexican twist to the typical creamy risotto. This simple recipe can also be made vegetarian.


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  • risotto (1 cup Arborio rice)
  • chicken broth (3 cups)
  • diced tomatoes
  • black beans
  • 3/4 cup shredded “Mexican” cheese
  • taco seasoning packet
  • fresh cilantro
  • diced cooked chicken (optional)


  1. Saute some garlic or onion in a pan with about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add risotto and seasoning and stir for about 2 minutes (high heat).
  2. Add chicken broth 1 cup at a time and stir until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Add black beans, diced tomatoes, and chicken. Heat through.
  4. Just before serving, stir in cheese until it melts. Top with cilantro!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: risotto, cheesy risotto, black bean risotto

YUM! This was so tasty. I wasn’t feeling like chicken, so I enjoyed mine with just the cheese, black beans, and tomatoes. It was so delicious and comforting - even as a vegetarian meal!

How do you save money this time of year? Or anytime of year? Gulp. Good thing I married a saver.

Coming soon - Risotto Part II. Involving Brie cheese.

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      1. Skillful Cook Logo

        Sorry! I have just discovered your great site! Looks like we have similar tastes! So excited to try so many of your recipes!

  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Garlic and Onions are not on the ingredient list, yet in the cooking instructions. Is this an optional item?

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    How many tomatoes and beans for this recipe? How much cilantro? And then there’s the garlic and onion which isn’t even listed under the ingredients, how much of that? I don’t get it. Is there another place on your website that has the correct ingredients and their quantity to make this recipe? Such an odd recipe to post.

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    Wonderful recipe! Our son loves black beans so we tried this. Huge hit in our family.