Red beans and rice is a traditional Cajun meal. Easy and cheap to make, you can use up your leftovers for this recipe. This comfort food is delicious on chilly autumn evenings.
Ingredients and supplies:
- 2 cups of white rice (not Minute rice)
- 1 can of red chili beans (16 ounces) or one 16oz package dry Red Kidney Beans
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1/2 pound fresh Andouille sausage
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 a medium white onion
- 1 green pepper
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- Pot for rice
- Deep bowls for serving
- Crock pot (optional)
Prepare the ingredients. Dice the onion or cut it into small pieces. Slice the celery and green pepper into small pieces. Cook the sausage in a little olive oil, and then slice into 1/2 inch pieces. If you want the sausage to be spicy, you can add hot sauce or Cajun seasoning. If you're using dry beans, soak them overnight before cooking them until they're close to done.
Begin cooking. First heat the beans, sausage, pepper, celery, and onion over medium heat until the onions turn translucent. Don't let the mixture boil. Then add in the chili powder, cumin, garlic, and pepper. If you have a crock pot, cook it all day on medium heat. That way, you'll have a hot meal waiting when you return in the evening. Make sure there is enough water so that it won't dry out and burn. Otherwise, it will take about an hour to fully cook over medium heat. Many people continue cooking for 2 to 3 hours, until the mixture turns creamy.
Cook the rice. Next cook the rice fully, following the directions on the package of rice. While the rice is cooking, make a side of biscuits to serve with your red beans and rice. Biscuits are a traditional side dish for this meal.
Serve. At the end of the cooking time, combine the rice and the bean mixture. You can either mix them together, or ladle the beans over the rice. Grind some fresh black pepper over the top. Serve warm, in deep cereal bowls. Enjoy!
Red beans and rice is a staple of Cajun and Louisiana cuisine. This delicious meal is easy to make and has a lot of protein. If you don't have all of the ingredients, you can leave a few out, as there are many variations of this food. You can even substitute other kinds of sausage, or ham, for the Andouille sausage. This is a cheap and easy recipe that will feed a family of six.