Mexican Barley Pilaf

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

I got this recipe from Yahoo! Health. It was posted there by miavita. This was very tasty and a nice departure from rice or pasta and a great way to eat whole grains. My husband will not eat beans, so I substituted corn for the black beans and it turned out great. Also, I was too lazy to chop onion and used some dried minced onion instead. I didn't have jalapenos on hand and still wanted the heat, so just added some red pepper flakes along with the other spices.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Spray medium saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and jalapenos, if using. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  2. Add barley and tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin and salt. Add water and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Add black beans and cilatro; toss to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes to warm beans. Serve warm.


Most Helpful

I love barley so this was a tasty side dish for me but DH wasnt as happy with it as I was. We dont care for black beans so I added dark red kidney beans and parsley instead of cilantro. I think next time I will use a can of drained petite diced tomatoes and corn like the chef had mentioned in the recipe description and maybe DH will enjoy a bit more. Anyway, I thought this was great!

lauralie41 August 15, 2007

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