Red Beans & Rice w/ Sausage Skillet

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This Red Beans and Rice with Sausage Skillet recipe is flavorful and easy to put together with everyday ingredients.  Your family will ask for it again and again!

Red Beans and Rice Sausage Skillet Recipe
If you’re a long-time reader, you may remember I used to publish a weekly meal plan.  After a few years of this, I was feeling pressure to get that post up every Sunday evening when I’d rather be spending time with my family.  I finally just stopped posting them.  

I continued to meal plan, but over the last two years, I’d slowly planned less and was winging it more.  (By winging it, I mean I would buy a bunch of different things to keep on hand and then just cook whatever was easiest or about to go past the use-by date.)

With our busy schedules, I’m trying to be more organized and do a better job of planning, purchasing ingredients, and actually following through with the planned meals.  

The Red beans and rice skillet recipe I’m sharing today is a perfect example of something budget-friendly, quick and easy, filling and of course; really really GOOD!  

Sausage skillet

The highlight of this dish is the Sausage.  (Who doesn’t love smoked sausage?)  It’s perfect to slice and add to your own customized stir fry’s and skillet dishes.  (Though in this recipe, I did simmer the sausage with the beans and spices to make sure the entire dish was infused with the smokey Cajun flavors.)

I’ll admit a few of those sausage slices disappeared before they made it into the skillet!

Easy Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage Skillet Meal

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red beans and rice skillet

Red Beans & Rice w/ Sausage Skillet


This Red Beans and Rice with Sausage Skillet recipe is flavorful and easy to put together with everyday ingredients.  Your family will ask for it again and again!


  • 12  tbsp oil
  • 3/4 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 3/4 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 12 oz package of smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of your favorite Cajun seasoning (we like Tony Chachere’s, but it is pretty spicy.)
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups prepared rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • optional diced green onions for garnish


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over med- high heat. Add peppers and onions, sauté for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, cumin, celery and sausage to skillet. Sauté another 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add beans and chicken broth to skillet. Cover and reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.  Remove lid and simmer 10 minutes more. (*See recipe tip below.)
  4. Serve with rice and garnish with optional green onions.


  • Recipe Tip:  To quickly thicken up the cooking liquid in the skillet, remove about 1/4 cup of the beans and mash or purée.  Add pureed beans back to the skillet, mixing in and simmering another minute or two.
  • Serves 4 (though you could easily slice the sausage thinner and add an additional can of beans and more rice to stretch the meal to serve 6.)

red beans and rice skillet

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