This is a great rice and beans recipe we got from our good friend Robert West in Panama. However, this is more a Jamaican style than Panamanian style rice and beans. He told us that a Jamaican woman taught him this recipe. I only try to make it as good as he did. This is great with barbeque chicken, cole slaw, and candied plantains (or platano en tentacion, as they call it in Panama). Also good by itself as a snack. If you add more beans you could have a nice vegetarian dish. The flavors intensify if you let it set overnight. *To speed things up you can used canned beans and just add the extra veggies when cooking the rice.