One of the all-time classic Caribbean dishes, rice and beans hold a special place in every Belizean’s heart. Simple enough for everyday fare, beans and rice are the perfect accompaniment to a rainbow of other flavors both sweet and hot, making it the perfect introduction to Belizean cuisine.
Why You Have to Taste Belize Rice and Beans On Your Vacation
Most Belizeans would agree that you can’t properly say you’ve been to their country without sampling the rice and beans. The flavors change and shift in both subtle and dramatic ways as you cross the country, each of the ethnic groups in the country adding their own twist to this staple dish. Whether it’s the stick-to-your-ribs classic Creole version, curried East Indian varieties, Maya caldo, or fiery hot Caribbean style, there’s a rice and beans dish for every palate.
Where in Belize Can You Find Rice and Beans?
Rice and beans are sure to be on the menu of every mom and pop restaurant as well as the fanciest dining establishments in Belize.
When Is the Best Time to Try Rice and Beans?
Most people in Belize eat beans and rice for lunch but visitors spending the day on tour can enjoy rice and beans as part of a delicious dinner. And many people enjoy beans and rice for breakfast too!
Best Way to Eat Rice and Beans
Nothing goes better with a freshly prepared dish of rice and beans than Marie Sharp’s pepper sauce, the world-famous condiment made in Dangriga. Other options include mixing in some onion sauce or adding in your favorite protein. The perfect pairing with a hearty beans and rice meal is an ice-cold Belikin beer or soft drink.
How to Make Belize Rice and Beans
This recipe is simple enough for anyone to make it and is a great way keep enjoying an authentic taste of Belize when you’re back home. You can add any protein, but stewed chicken is a traditional Belizean favorite.