Red Beans And Rice

I love one pot meals.  While this isn’t totally a one pot meal as you have to cook the rice and beans… it can be if you’re using leftovers that are already cooked and waiting in the fridge.  I don’t know what it is, one pot meals aren’t always that much easier, but there’s something about sitting down to a bowl full of something that feels so good, especially when it’s a complete meal in a bowl.  Although I do like to serve it with a salad or some extra veggies.  With the leftovers I like to cook up some vegetables, usually roasted broccoli or cauliflower or whatever else is in the fridge and just serve them on top of a bowl of this.

One note though, you might want to go easy on the Cajun seasoning.  I make my own and so I tone the spice down to a level we’re comfortable with, but I know store bought Cajun seasoning can be really spicy.

Red Beans and Rice

Serves at least 4 as a main dish

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped, or a poblano pepper for less heat and a different flavor
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2-3 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt(more to taste)
  • 4 C tomato puree or a 32 oz can
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 C dried kidney beans, cooked(or approximately 1 can of kidney beans drained and rinsed)
  • 2-3 C cooked brown rice
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp liquid smoke(optional)

Cook the rice and beans separately and set aside while preparing the other ingredients.  In a large pan heat the oil.   Once it’s hot add the onion and cook a few minutes before adding all the other veggies.  Mix well and continue to cook for a few minutes.  Add all the herbs and spices and the tomato sauce and paste and mix well.  Once everything is evenly distributed bring to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes until all the veggies are tender.  Then add in the rice and beans and heat through.  Add the liquid smoke if using and mix everything well.  Serve hot with a little bit of parsley on top.

Have a great weekend!

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9 Responses to Red Beans And Rice

  1. I heart beans+ rice!! I have never used liquid smoke. I think I need to get some!

  2. Lisa says:

    Looks beautiful and delicious!

  3. LimeCake says:

    I’ll eat rice in any form or shape or size or colour! This looks great!

  4. That looks so tasty! I love beans and rice with bread – either together or seperately!

  5. Faith says:

    Your red beans and rice is so flavorful, I love all the herbs spices in there! And the fact that it’s a one pot meal is a total bonus. 🙂

  6. beans and rice are so yummy!!
    haha sidenote: do you know what song reminds me of your title?”red beans and rice” hah 🙂

  7. This recipe is absolutely nice. Now, I’m starving!
    I can’t wait to try this one. Thanks Heidi, another great recipe from you.

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