Coconut Red Beans & Rice – Slow Cooker

Coconut Rice & Beans

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Slow Cooker Coconut Red Beans & Rice are a Caribbean inspired dish. It’s a delicious side dish for so many meals, like the Jerk Chicken that I shared with you last week, but also just a tasty meal all by itself.

Jamaican Rice & Beans

Jamaican Rice & Beans

Beans & Rice are Universal

You can find a version of beans & rice in every corner of this big & beautiful world. From South, Central and North America to the Caribbean to Africa, Europe, and Asia, you will be sure to find some version of beans & rice.

For example, there is  Feijoada, the Brazilian national dish, Platillo Moros y Cristianos, the Cuban version of beans & rice, Gallo Pinto (Central America), Waakye, (Africa), Kongbap (Korea), and this Louisiana staple, Cajun Red Beans and Rice.

And those are just touching on the beans & rice cuisines of the world. There are way too many to list here, but, you can bet that there is a combo of beans and rice in every culture in the world. Which is pretty amazing when you think of it, and proof of what a vitally nutritious and sustaining combo beans & rice really are.

Coconut Red Beans & Rice

Caribbean Rice & Peas

This recipe for Coconut Red Beans & Rice is Caribbean inspired. In Jamaica, they call this dish Rice & Peas, and the dish is a Sunday tradition. This tradition goes back to the African slaves, who were brought to Jamaica to work on sugar plantations. They made this version of African Waakye with coconut milk and spices every Sunday, their one day free of work, and usually gathered together with family and neighbours to eat. Rice & Peas was always a feature.

Jamaican Rice & Beans
Jamaican Rice & Beans

Nutritious Beans & Rice

There are reasons why the combo of beans & rice is so common and popular worldwide. First, it’s a highly nutritious combo. Rice & Beans are high in protein, fibre, and minerals, including iron & potassium. Rice & beans together, make a complete, and, an economical protein. Secondly, beans & rice are staple foods around the world, because they are both easy to grow in so many climates. Finally, both beans, when dried, and rice, will keep for long periods after harvest and they don’t require refrigeration.

Jamaican Rice & Red Beans
Jamaican Rice & Red Beans

Do You Need to Soak Beans Overnight?

For this recipe, I did soak the beans. Because this is a slow cooker recipe, I was concerned that the rice would be overcooked before the beans were fully cooked. However, you can cook beans straight from dry, it will simply mean a much longer cooking time. Check out this article for more info.

Jamaican Rice & Peas


Coconut Rice & Beans

Slow Cooker Coconut Red Beans & Rice

Delicious Jamaican flavours of Coconut Red Beans & Rice can simmer in the slow cooker for a delectable meal in itself, or, a great side dish.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Bean Soaking Time 8 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 8
Calories 336 kcal



  • 1 cup dried kidney or red beans
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups coconut milk full fat, both water, and cream
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 3 scallions sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger or, 1 2" piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1.5 cups long grain basmati rice rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt


  • Sort beans and cover with water to soak overnight
  • Drain beans and put into a large pot of fresh water
  • Bring to a boil, and boil for 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain, then add beans to the slow cooker, along with the stock, coconut milk, lime juice, rice, garlic, thyme, allspice, ginger, white parts of scallions, kosher salt, & red pepper flakes.
  • Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours until rice is cooked, and beans are tender
  • Serve hot, garnished with green parts of the scallion


Slow cookers vary in temperature, so cooking times will depend on your cooker.
Tip for best rice: rinse the rice thoroughly (until the water runs clear) to remove starch, before adding to the slow cooker.


Serving: 1gCalories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 188mgPotassium: 575mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 4.3mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 4.1mg
Keyword Beans & Rice, coconut, coconut milk, Kidney beans, Rice & Beans
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Coconut Red Beans & Rice

24 thoughts on “Coconut Red Beans & Rice – Slow Cooker

  1. This recipe looks great and I am going to try it. However, the liquid ingredients (5 cups) seems to be quite a bit considering the 1.5 cups of rice and 1 cup par cooked beans. Are this proportions correct? I don’t want gluggy rice. Thanks in advance for your insight.

    1. Hi Brett! Thank you for stopping by. This recipe turns out perfectly every time for me, and for everyone that has given feedback. Nobody wants gluggy rice, and I have just added a tip, thanks to your comment. Be sure to rinse your rice well, until the water runs clear. This removes a lot of the starch (what causes glugginess). Enjoy, and I would love to hear how it turns out for you.

    1. Hi Laura, the lime juice goes in the slow cooker along with all of the other ingredients. Thanks so much for letting me know about this error, which I have fixed. I hope you enjoy this recipe, its delicious!

  2. Such an interesting recipe!!!! Love coconut and love red beans. This looks amazing.

  3. Love all the Caribbean flavours in this slow cooker dish! Beans and rice is a simple dish, but you’ve turned it into something special! Pinned!

  4. As prevalent as it is, I’ve never had beans and rice together! But it looks so filling and comforting. Perfect as a side dish or even stand alone meal!

  5. There’s something super comforting about beans and rice and this looks like it would hit the spot! Love those little dishes too…they’re ADORABLE!!

  6. We love red beans and rice. I love how flavorful this recipe is and that it’s cooked in the slow cooker.

  7. I have started to really explore the Caribbean cuisine. There are so many outstanding and flavorful dishes that I am yet to try – like this one! Can’t wait to get enough beans to go all in!

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