These red beans and rice really stick to your ribs and cost very little to prepare. This dish is perfect to make ahead and serve a bunch of hungry family members!

A plate of red beans and rice that's ready to enjoy for dinner.

Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Red beans and rice are super hearty, inexpensive and make a great make-ahead family meal!


Yield: 6 -8 servings
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  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeños, seeds and membrane removed, chopped (or 1 green bell pepper)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika, not smoked
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lb small red beans, quick-soaked
  • 1 ham hock, or 3 slices of softly-cooked bacon
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar, or lemon juice
  • salt, to taste

serve with

  • 1 lb Andouille sausage, grilled
  • 3 cups white rice, cooked
  • hot sauce


  • Heat olive oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Add onion, celery and jalapeno and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add garlic and seasoning and cook for 1 more minute until fragrant. Add broth to the pan and scrape any bits that have stuck to the bottom.
  • Add water, soaked beans and ham hock. Bring beans to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and rapidly simmer uncovered for 1 hour—1 hour 15 minutes or until the beans have cooked to desired consistency. Stir the beans frequently as they cook to help the starches break down and create a creamy broth. Watch beans carefully toward the end so they don’t stick to the pan. No harm, no foul.
  • Discard the ham hock and add the vinegar for an extra layer of flavor. If the beans thicken too much, simply add a little water to the pot. Serve with grilled Andouille sausage and white rice! Enjoy.


Looking to cut down on the fat? Use a turkey or chicken sausage link instead.
Calories: 540kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 1622mg, Potassium: 400mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g
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