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Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice is one of those incredibly simple but delicious recipes that offer a huge bang for your buck. The winning texture and flavor combination is hard not to love!
Calories 2877kcal


  • 1 lb Red beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 lb andouille sausage sliced
  • 1 cup onion finely diced
  • ¾ cup celery chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 7 to 8 cups chicken stock or more as needed
  • 1/2 lb Smoked turkey leg necks, ham bone, or ham hock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion or parsley for garnish

For serving:

  • Hot sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar


Method 1: Overnight Soaking

  • Sort the beans by removing any dirt and bad beans
  • Pour the beans in a large bowl, add enough cool water to submerge the beans completely, and leave to soak for at least 4 hours. I prefer to leave it overnight.

Method 2: Quick Soak

  • For a quick soak, pour the beans in a stockpot, add enough water to submerge the beans about 4 inches, then bring the beans to a boil and let it sit for one hour. Drain and rinse under cold water. Pour the beans back into the stockpot.


  • Heat the oil in the skillet over medium heat and brown the sausage on both sides.
  • Stir in the onion, bell pepper, and celery Cook until tender. About 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant—about a minute.
  • Add the red beans, smoked Turkey, bay leaves, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium-low and leave to simmer for 1 1/2 hours; Season with salt and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Cook for another 30 mins or until thick and creamy.
  • Cook the rice: Bring the rice and water to boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over rice. Enjoy!


Calories: 2877kcal | Carbohydrates: 194g | Protein: 175g | Fat: 155g | Saturated Fat: 48g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 431mg | Sodium: 6796mg | Potassium: 5740mg | Fiber: 42g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 3521IU | Vitamin C: 127mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 26mg