Better Than the Freezer Aisle: Copycat Weight Watchers Santa Fe Beans and Rice

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Better Than the Freezer Aisle: Copycat Weight Watchers Santa Fe Beans and Rice

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8 Servings
11 Ingredients

This copycat freezer aisle recipe is a great alternative for those over processed, high in sodium diet freezer meals. You get the benefit of a low point meal and the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself!

8 Servings
11 Ingredients


  • 15 ounces drain and rinse Black Beans, Canned
  • 15 ounces drain and rinse Kidney (Dark Red) Beans, Canned
  • 8 ounces Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cups Salsa
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup Sour Cream, Fat Free
  • 15 ounces drain Whole Kernel Corn, Canned
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, Mild, 2%, Shredded
  • 4 cups cook Brown Rice, Short-Grain
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Black Pepper



  • Cooking Sprays
  • Labels
  • Baking Pan, 8x8s

Cooking Instructions

Freeze For Later Cooking Day Directions


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Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

Easy Assembly/Ready to Eat

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Make It Now Cooking Directions

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Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe
8 Servings
Serving Size
1 4"x4" piece
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
WW Freestyle
Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Fat
0 Fruit
0 Milk
0 Other Carb
4 Starch
1 Veg
2 Lean Meat


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    1. WW=
      Calories 260
      Fat 6g
      Sodium 580mg
      Carbs 39g
      Sugar 5g
      Protein 11g

      This receipe=
      Calories 349
      Fat 4g
      Sodium 1229mg
      Carbs 59g
      Sugar 7g
      Protein 21g

      Calories went up, Carbs went up significantly, and the sodium content skyrocketed! This isn’t healthy!! I know that Once a Month Meals said it was for 8 servings… that doesn’t make sense. If you divided all of them by 8 then only the sodium makes sense and none of the other values make sense.

        1. The point is that compared to Smart Ones, total calories nearly doubled, total carbs nearly doubled and total sodium nearly doubled. The numbers for your version came from your “menu builders”.

          If Smart Ones is the baseline, then this recipe is not as healthy.

      1. I am uncertain where you are getting your sodium numbers. If you rinse and drain the canned beans (as instructed), use “no salt added” corn (drained anyway) and tomato sauce, use low-sodium taco seasoning, and do not add any salt to the rice or to the final recipe, it is under 250mg of sodium per serving, even with full-fat cheese and sour cream. The key is using low sodium or no salt added ingredients and rinsing the canned beans (which is honestly a bit messy, considering how they are packed).

        ONCE A MONTH MEALS could have been much more specific in its descriptions, but this recipe is fantastic AND healthy.

    1. Hey, Heather! We had our MenuBuilder team double check and they still came up 9 points for this recipe. We’re happy to make changes when appropriate (maybe you know something we don’t? πŸ˜„) but in the meantime, we’re going to leave this one at 9. Thanks!

  1. The “Lean Cuisine” version blows WW’s version away in every regard, including taste. I’ll hold out for a copycat recipe of the LC version :.(

  2. They have low sodium taco seasoning, and fat free cheese. You could use less cheese… omit salt. Come on people if it’s that big a deal just make adjustments to get your desired result. I rarely do exactly what a recipe says. I use it more of a base idea and go from there. These comments are just ridiculous!

  3. Has anyone weighed both versions? The OAMM seems like more food. It was heavier and it took up my 13x 9 pan rather than the 8×8 which is listed. Maybe I measured something wrong, but it looks like a bigger portion to me.

  4. Make your own seasoning & fresh salsa, plus no salt added tomato sauce & it helps tremendously! I also use Kraft fat free shredded cheese. Use whole ingredients & it’s always better than processed & frozen!

    Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. OAMM, you should have stipulated that this recipe, as written, requires TWO 8×8 pans (or one larger pan). It is impossible to fit this in one 8×8 pan.

    Also, if you stipulate low-sodium taco season, fully rinsing the beans, and no-salt-added corn and tomato sauce, the sodium level drops dramatically. You might consider tweaking this for the sodium-sensitive among us.

    Even with full-fat sour cream and cheese, this recipe is FANTASTIC!!! Thank you for posting!!

    1. We’re so glad you loved the recipe! Thank you for your feedback and for sharing how you adapted the recipe to make it low sodium – we know there are other cooks who will appreciate your tips! So you know, we are primarily a freezer cooking membership service — with membership, you would receive resources that would specify exactly how many pans/containers you need for each recipe based on the custom number of servings you choose.

  6. Does this freeze well? Last time I froze some beans and rice it tasted so bad (rice was watery, flavorless) after that I had to throw the whole batch out. Was good before freezing

    1. All of our recipes are thoroughly tested by test cooks to ensure quality freezing and thawing. If you ever have a bad experience freezing a meal with us, please be sure to reach out to us so we can help troubleshoot any possible issues and report it to our menu team. πŸ™‚

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