Authentic Red Beans and Rice Recipe

When mom was little, she and her parents and moved from California to New Orleans they didn’t stay long but the flavors stayed with her. Whenever we talk about it, she tells us how one day a week they served red beans and rice at school and how she use to beg to buy lunch that day instead of taking it from home.  Another favorite tale is how she kept finding the baby in the king cakes at school during Mardi Gras and had to bring the next King Cake over and over. Poor grandma! 
 
She’s passed on her love of those flavors to my sister and I, so we thought we would share our recipe for red beans and rice with you. It’s soooo good! I could eat this every day and never get tired of it.
 
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Red beans and rice recipe | photo of red beans and rice in a black bowl
 
 

Are Red Beans And Kidney Beans The Same?

 
No, kidney beans and red beans are different types of beans. The kidney bean is a larger bean than red beans.  Kidney beans are a darker richer color while the red beans are more round and brighter red pinkish-red color.
 

Is Red Beans And Rice Good For A Diet?

 
The dish red beans and rice are a source of complete protein, minerals, and fiber.
 

Is Red Beans And Rice Supposed To Be Soupy?

 
It should be soupy but not runny.  
 

What Is The Consistency Of Red Beans And Rice?

 
Red beans and rice should be creamy and the beans soft and delicious.  If you find it is too thick add a little bit of water or broth and stir to incorporate it into your dish. 
 

How Long Does It Take To Cook Small Red Beans?

 
Dry beans must first be rinsed and drained in a colander.   You then must choose how to soak your dry beans.  You can cover with water that covers your beans double the amount of your beans and sit overnight to soak.  If you are in a hurry, you can use the quick soak method.   will cook in 2 1/2 to 3 hrs.
 

Can Vegans Eat Red Beans And Rice?

With a little tweaking, it would be fine.  Making sure you have the spices adjusted since you won’t use the sausage with the heat in it, make sure you taste often.
 
 

How Do You Make Red Beans And Rice From Scratch?

 
Red beans and rice is a great dish that is good anytime but when money is tight and you are pinching pennies it is a great way to do it.  Check out the recipe below to make this delicious dish from scratch.
 
 
 

Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

1 package spicy Andouille (uncured if you can find it)nitrate-free sausage
1 pound dry kidney beans
1 large chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 stalks chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
6 cups of water
1 Cup Cooked Jasmine Rice
 
 

Directions:

In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion in olive oil or coconut oil and set aside, do the same with the bell pepper, garlic, and celery.

 
Quick soak beans
 
Rinse and drain your dry beans. Pick out any loose bean skins or little stones that may be in the beans.
Pour the beans into a large pot and cover with water to twice the level of your beans.  Boil the beans for 2 minutes and turn off the heat.  Cover the beans with a tight fitting lid and let them sit for an hour on the back of your stove.
 
Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Cook Rice. Serve together.

 

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Authentic Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 package spicy Andouille (uncured if you can find it)nitrate-free sausage
  • 1 pound dry kidney beans
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 6 cups of water

Instructions

In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion in olive oil or coconut oil and set aside, do the same with the bell pepper, garlic, and celery.

Quick soak beans. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Cook Rice. Serve together.

 

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