30-Minute Red Beans & Rice Recipe for Mardi Gras: Louisiana In a Bowl by 30Seconds Food

30-Minute Red Beans & Rice Recipe for Mardi Gras: Louisiana In a Bowl

Celebrate Mardi Gras at home by making recipes from Louisiana! Red beans and rice is a class New Orleans dish. Don't drive to that fast food fried chicken joint the next time you're craving red beans and rice. This easy Cajun red beans and rice recipe is so delicious, and it's ready in about 25 minutes

These easy gluten-free red beans and rice are made with sausage (smoked or andouille), onion, bell pepper, kidney beans, rice, bay leaves and ground cayenne pepper. Some of the beans are mashed and stirred back into the dish to help thicken it. Genius! 

To make this rich, comforting down-home recipe you will need just a few ingredients. Here is your shopping list: smoked sausage or andouille sauce, olive oil, onion, bell pepper, canned kidney beans (read about the health benefits of beans), bay leaves, dried thyme, ground cayenne pepper, rice and Tabasco sauce if you want to spice it up.

This easy red beans and rice recipe is a delicious dinner or savory side dish. This red beans and rice freezes well, too, and is perfect for meal prepping. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • If you're not a fan of Tabasco sauce, use your favorite bottled hot sauce.
  • To make it healthier, use chicken or turkey sausage or even vegan sausage.
  • This recipe reheats beautifully. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in the microwave.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the sausage, onion and pepper. Cook until sausage is brown, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, bay leaves, thyme, cayenne and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Remove the bay leaves. Take about one-third of the beans out of the pot and mash with a fork. Return to the pot and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over the cooked rice with Tabasco sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 638

Total Fat: 11.3g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 21mg

Sodium: 704mg

Total Carbohydrate: 108.8g

Dietary Fiber: 11.3g

Total Sugars: 5.7g

Protein: 24g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 132mg

Iron: 7mg4

Potassium: 274mg

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Donna John
My husband loves the red beans and rice from Popeye's. Going to try this!
Elisa Schmitz
This sounds so easy and delish, thank you!
Gwen Johnson
A bowl of this and a Popeye's spicy chicken sandwich, and I'd be HAPPY!!
wow, look like a very delicious dish ;)
Can you substitute white rice can you use basmati jasmine can you use Larry's Frank's hot sauce instead let me know it looks great a friend of mine who's like an auntie she has found me in South Carolina and also a friend of my sisters whose son lives in Gonzales they make it but they make a little differently so let me know what the changes could be thank you it looks fabulous

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