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Red Beans and Rice

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Easy Red Beans and Rice

Ready for a simple and frugal recipe?  We made this one last week and it was yummy!  Plus we had enough leftovers for a couple of lunches.

Red Beans and Rice (adapted from the back of the bean package)


  • 8 oz smoked sausage sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder*
  • 1 to 2 tsp Cajun Spice*
  • 1 to 2 tsp ground cumin*
  • Salt and pepper to taste*
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 16 oz bag of dried small red beans (you could use canned beans too)

* Just an estimate, adjust spices to your family’s taste


1.  Prepare beans according to package.

2.  Once beans are done, add sliced sausage, oil and onions to a large skillet and saute for about 2 minutes.

3.  Add all the spices plus 1/4 cup of liquid from beans and continue to saute another 3 minutes.  (If using canned beans use broth or water.)

4.  Add +/- 5 cups of beans to the sausage mixture.  (Add as much of the bean liquid as you like.)

5.  Let everything simmer for about 10 minutes for the flavors to come together.

6.  Add rice to a serving dish and spoon bean mixture over rice.


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  1. Yum…can I have this right now for breakfast? That looks delish! Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  2. Mmmm, I absolutely love Cajun red beans and rice. Yours look wonderful and easy! I'll have to try your recipe. 🙂

  3. Nicole Maki says:

    This looks so yummy! I made red beans and rice for the first time a few weeks back and loved.

    I'll be trying this, thanks!

  4. The Paper Princess says:

    This looks DELICOUS! I would love for you to share this at my Inspire Me Monday party at

    Create With Joy

    I am also hosting Friendship Friday this weekend – come share your thoughts on Independence Day and make some new friends! 🙂

  5. Tim, Allyson, and kids says:

    That looks really yummy. Thankfully all of my family will gladly eat beans and rice, so I need to try this recipe soon.

    I'd love for you to link this post to my Finished Friday Blog Party.

  6. Diane Balch says:

    This is a really homey comfort food beans and rice. i would love if you would share it on my foodie friday party today.

  7. Call me cookie says:

    Red beans and rice is one of my favorite meals!! I love it, I love the recipe! Yummy! Tanya @lemonsforlulu.com

  8. this looks great. I found it via the It's a Keeper link up. I have linked in a beef dish.
    Have a lovely day.

  9. Recipes We Love says:

    Looks delish. we eat a LOT of beans at our house. thanks for sharing.

  10. Carolina HeartStrings says:

    Now that is my idea of red beans and rice. Delicious. Love your pictures. Come and visit us today. We have Okra salad to share.

  11. Gina Baker says:

    Yum! My dadused to live in Louisiana and would make this all the time. Love this dish! Coming to you from Take a Loo Tuesday Blog Hop.

  12. Heather Kinnaird says:

    that looks really good!

  13. Yummy, I love red bean and rice:D I'm going to try this one for sure.