Tasty 30-Minute Red Beans & Rice Recipe: Louisiana in a Bowl Dinner Pork Beef Side Dishes

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10 months ago

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 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! 

This easy red beans and rice recipe is a delicious dinner or side dish. This red beans and rice freezes well, too, and is perfect for meal prepping. To make it healthier, use chicken or turkey sausage or even vegan sausage. 

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


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound smoked sausage or andouille sausage, cut into rounds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ground cayenne, to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 - 3 cups cooked white rice
  • Tabasco sauce

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.

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Olive Oil $4 & Up
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Cayenne $3 & Up
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Comments (5)

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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