This BEST Red Beans and Rice Recipe is the Ultimate Cajun Favorite done right! Insanely flavorful kidney beans with a hint of spice and meaty essence are served over white rice for the perfect Southern creole recipe. Much better than Popeye’s! Serve with this Shrimp Po’ Boy, Etouffee, Low Country Boil and some New Orleans Beignets!!
This Red beans and Rice recipe is a soulful dish. I love to watch the beans simmer away in a pot of spices and intense flavors gradually thickening and melding together in the most magical way. Once ready, this kidney beans recipe is smothered with rice, and your first taste is the reward for your patience.
I grew up eating all types of beans. My mother is the queen of crock pot bean meals. From lima beans and pinto beans to red beans, we had them all and very regularly too. Red beans have a personality all their own, and the South really knows how to bring that personality out. I never really appreciated my mother’s consistent bean meals until later in life when I began making them myself.
I was 25 when I made my first pot of red beans. After the first pot, I was hooked. I loved the fact that the beans cooked on a low heat and after a few hours, just came together without much effort on my part beyond the initial prep. I also loved how healthy beans are. Each time I had them as a meal, the fiber totally filled me up. I was totally satisfied while eating less which was a good thing for my scale and waistline.
HOW TO MAKE RED BEANS AND RICE: How to Cook Red Beans
And lastly, this red beans and rice recipe just tastes so damn good y’all. A big bowl is about as comforting as a meal can get.
You must begin with the holy trinity that is very popular in cajun cooking. You will find this base in many New Orleans style recipes and it adds a ton of flavor.
With a trinity of celery, onions, and bell peppers, a dose of creole spices and andouille sausage and a heaping scoop of rice (I make this with brown rice usually to keep it even healthier), this is a meal that’s not only good for the body but oh so good for the soul.
WHAT INGREDIENTS MAKE THIS THE BEST RED BEANS AND RICE RECIPE
These are the ingredients that really make this recipe stand out above the rest:
- Chicken Stock – (this adds additional flavor to the base of the red beans and rice). Instead of using water, this is what you want!
- Hot sauce – adds that nice extra kick of spice!
- Creole Seasoning – definitely a must for giving you that true Louisiana flavor. Brands like Slap Yo Mama are fantastic to use.
- Andouille Sausage – It is truly one of the most important ingredients in this red beans and rice. (I use Sausages by Amylo’s chicken andouille flavor to cut down on fat)
Variation: Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice
You can easily make make this a vegetarian and vegan red beans and rice recipe. Here are the easy steps to take:
- Replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. Super easy fix!
- Remove the sausage from the recipe as well.
- Also for an additional kick of flavor, add a little soy sauce! Taste until you like how much you add. Don’t add too much since it adds salt!
Variation: Red Beans and Rice Crockpot
This recipe can also be made in a crockpot. Simply saute’ all of your trinity ingredients up front and you can add to a standard sized crockpot and cook until tender, thick and delicious! You can add all of the ingredients in the morning and have an incredible dinner by the evening!
The BEST Red Beans and Rice Recipe (with Kidney Beans Recipe)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onions
- ½ cup finely chopped celery
- ½ cup finely chopped bell peppers
- 3 85g andouille sausage links, cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 5 cups water
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 ½ teaspoons creole seasoning
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound dried red beans already soaked overnight and drained
- Cooked rice to serve with beans
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions, celery and bell peppers and cook about 10-12 minutes or until they begin to caramelize and tenderize. Next add in sausage and brown for about 4-5 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook for 1 minute making sure not to burn.
- Turn heat up to medium high and add chicken stock, water, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, creole seasoning, salt and pepper then stir in red beans.
- Bring liquid to a boil then turn heat down to low, cover with lid and cook for 2 - 2½ hours until beans are tender and liquid as thickened. Check flavor of beans and season with salt and pepper to taste, stir and turn off heat.
- Let cool for 15 minutes and allow beans to continue thickening. Serve with rice.
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