Combine beans and hot sauce in a medium bowl; set aside. Heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add bell peppers and carrots; sauté 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and water; cover and simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in bean mixture and file powder; simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Spoon rice into four shallow bowls; top with bean mixture, salt and thyme.
Adzuki beans may replace the red beans and chopped fresh flat leaf parsley may replace the thyme.
Culinary Taste Tip
Feel free to fiddle with this recipe and fine tune it to your taste. Adzuki beans are a great substitution for the red beans, and fresh flat leaf parsley can be used instead of thyme. Amount of hot sauce used can be less or lots more!
Culinary Technique Tip
To save time, use fully cooked brown rice such as Uncle Ben's or Trader Joe's brands. Fluffy fully cooked rice ready in about 90 seconds. Just add to the skillet!