Caribbean Coconut Rice and Beans


  • 3 and 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup boiled ham, coarsely chopped
  • 1 fresh hot pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 strips of bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 cup cooked small red beans or kidney beans


  • Pour 1/2 cup coconut milk into a heavy sauce pan with a tight fitting lid.
  • Add the ham, bacon, hot pepper, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro and salt to taste.
  • Cook, stirring over low heat for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is well blended.
  • Stir in the rice, beans and the remaining 3 cups of coconut milk.
  • Stir gently, then cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

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