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Red Beans and Rice Recipes

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Beans and rice are a favorite duo in many delicious recipes. This page contains red beans and rice recipes.


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September 29, 2012

This hearty crockpot soup is easy to make and delicious!

Total Time: 5-6 hours


  • 2 (15 oz.) cans small red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tomato, chopped


  1. Empty one can of beans into the crockpot and mash them with a fork.
  2. Chop onion and add to crockpot.
  3. Add other can of beans and can of corn. Then add brown rice.
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  5. Pour in vegetable broth.
  6. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, and cumin. Stir to combine.
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  8. Turn crockpot to LOW and cook for 5-6 hours, or until rice is cooked. You can cook it a little longer on HIGH to thicken your soup to whatever consistency that you like.
  9. Chop tomato and garnish your soup with it. It tastes great with tortilla chips!
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By 2 found this helpful
June 6, 2011
This is super quick and easy, especially if you use leftovers. You can change the ingredients easily, use different beans, sausage, or salsa, and add in what you want.


  • 2 cups cooked rice, or as much as you need for the number of people you are feeding
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained, or the kind and amount you like
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  • 1 lb. sausage, sliced (my daughter liked smoked sausage, so I always used that)
  • 1 jar salsa - I use homemade
  • frozen or fresh corn (optional)
  • fresh tomato, chopped
  • sour cream
  • green onions, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • grated cheese of choice


Cook the sausage according to package directions or use leftover. Then stir everything together (except the garnishes!) in a pot. The rice will absorb some of the liquid, so use enough salsa to keep it from sticking or add tomato or V-8 juice as needed. Heat it on medium or medium high until it is bubbly, then reduce the heat to medium low until heated through. Stir often to keep the rice from sticking.

Serve with bowls of whatever garnishes you like. You can get creative with garnishes - why not some chopped avocado?

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

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By 1 found this helpful
August 24, 2010

It's quick, practically cooks itself on those nights when you just don't have the time or energy, and the whole family loves it!



Prepare rice mix per directions on the box. While that's cooking, chop or slice the sausage however you want it (we slice ours about 1/4 inch and then cut the slices into quarters). When the rice is done, stir in the sausage pieces and let sit for about 5 minutes. Serve it up! Goes well with biscuits on the side, too.

Optional: For added flavor, we sometimes saute the sausage in 1 Tbsp. olive or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until it browns and begins to stick. This should be done just before adding to the rice, and be sure to add the pan drippings as well. Yum!

Servings: 4+
Time:25 Minutes Preparation Time
25 Minutes Cooking Time

By shampton2 from Lawrenceville, GA

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May 6, 2008

Serve with hot cooked rice and plenty of Louisiana hot sauce. Leftovers taste even better the next day! This serves 4 hungry people.

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October 2, 2006

Recipe for Homemade Southern Red Beans and Rice, Mary's Favorite. Rinse and sort beans and place into a deep pot, adding water to cover beans plus about an inch or so. Do not add any seasonings or salt. . .

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April 27, 20050 found this helpful

Place all sauces in bottom of crockpot. Put in 1 can of beans and 1 layer of smoked sausage, cut in bite size pieces and 1/2 of 1 onion (chopped) and red pepper flakes. Continue layering till crockpot is full. Cook for 1 hour on high and 3 hours on low. Stir well and serve over rice.

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October 3, 20120 found this helpful

This video shows you how to make crockpot rice and beans. View the full recipe here: Crockpot Red Beans and Rice Soup

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By 0 found this helpful
July 11, 2006

I am looking for a recipe for red beans and rice that is comparable to Popeye's Red Beans and Rice.

AnnMel from AR


July 12, 20060 found this helpful

I know this may be strange, but have you tried Zatarains? The boxed DH's Godfather is from just North of New Orleans, and will only make Jambalaya from a box with Zatarains because it is as close to authentic as you can get!

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 12, 20060 found this helpful

If you want to cook dry red beans then use the Zatarain's red bean seasoning mix.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 14, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Ann,

This is the way PopEye's make theirs, but it sure
seems a shame as good Red Beans and Rice
are so easy to make from scratch.

Popeye's Red Beans and Rice

2 c Uncle ben's long grain rice (cooked)
1 - 16 oz. can Red chili beans in chili gravy
1 t Chili powder
1/4 ts Cumin
Dash garlic salt

In saucepan, heat beans without letting them boil.
Stir in chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. When
piping hot, add warm rice and gently mix.

Hope this turns out to be what you want.

All the Best,
Julia in Orlando, FL

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 20, 20060 found this helpful

How to Cook Everything is my favorite cookbook and has a wonderful recipe for this dish. It makes a big batch and freezes really well, too. The cookbook is by Mark Bittman.

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August 23, 20100 found this helpful


  • 1 lb. dried red beans
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 cloves, garlic, minced
  • 1 1/21 cup diced cooked lean ham
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. red pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 qt. water
  • 4 1/2 cup hot cooked rice (cooked without salt or fat)


Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans; let soak 8 hours. Drain well. Coot a Dutch oven with cooking spray; place over medium high heat until hot. Add celery, onion, green onions, green pepper and garlic; saute until tender. Add beans, ham, and remaining ingredients except rice and cook, uncovered, over medium heat, 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves. Serve bean mixture over rice.

By Robin


Red Beans and Rice

Great recipe. Beans and rice contain complementary amino acids which makes them a complete protein when served together, even without meat.

Whole wheat and milk are another complete protein combination. (06/01/2006)

By Vicka

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August 23, 20100 found this helpful


  • 1 cup rice cooked (I use instant)
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage
  • 1 14-1/2 oz. can stewed tomatoes
  • 1-16 oz. can red kidney beans
  • 1 /4 tsp. cayenne pepper


Cook rice. Set aside. Slice sausage into 1 inch slices and cook over medium heat about 3-5 minutes until lightly browned.

Add tomatoes and the drained and rinsed kidney beans and cayenne pepper to the sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add rice to mixture and heat additional 2 minutes until heated through.

Makes 4 servings


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August 23, 20100 found this helpful



In a pot, bring to a boil the rice, 3 cups of water, chicken bouillon and a dash of salt. After it boils, reduce to a simmer until rice is tender.

While rice is cooking, heat olive oil in skillet. Saute onions, green pepper and garlic until onions are translucent. Add beans and cooked rice. Season with Salt, pepper and thyme.

Source: My mom taught me this recipe. She learned it when she worked in a summer camp kitchen!

By Adrianne from Adrian, Michigan

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