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Easy Cajun Red Beans and Rice Recipe-It’s a taste of Louisiana in every bite!

There’s just something about a big bowl of hot, spicy red beans and rice any day of the year! If you’ve never tried them, you are missing out. I want to help you experience this delectable dish by providing you with an easy to follow recipe. Easy Cajun Red Beans and Rice is simple to make, inexpensive and extremely versatile. You can prepare it stove top, in your slow cooker or in your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker. The spices can be adjusted to your own tastes so if you don’t care for spicy, just add less. You have so many options with this recipe.

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If you live in a high altitude, the beans will take much longer to cook than they do down south. Living in Colorado for a while proved quite a challenge for me when cooking dried beans. The beans never got soft enough! They were too firm and hard, even after cooking all day after pre-soaking and following directions to a “t”.

So take it from me and my first hand experience, if you live at a high altitude, plan to add some cooking time (quite a bit) to your recipe so that the beans will get nice and soft. I found a great blog post on ‘Simply Being Well’ and you can find it right here for more information on this subject.

I’m happy to say that a few years ago, we moved back to sea level and my days of hard red beans were over. ūüôā ¬†¬†Cajun Red beans and rice recipe-It's a delicious, inexpensive and very easy to prepare meal!

Alternative Cooking Methods

This recipe can be cooked on the stove top cooking low and slow over several hours. Using the Slowcooker? Brown everything up on the stovetop then transfer it to a Crockpot or Slow Cooker for 6-8 hours. Another option is to use a Pressure Cooker. Come to think of it, if I had my Instant Pot back in Colorado, I bet that my beans would have cooked beautifully. I haven’t cooked red beans in my Instant Pot yet, but I would start by sauteing the vegetables, then adding the beans and broth. ¬†The I would set it on the Automatic Bean Function or manual pressure for 20-30 minutes.

Disclaimer- I don’t have the exact timing for the Pressure Cooker. I personally would start with 20-30 minutes on high pressure and go from there. Just remember the pressure cooking is an option if you’re in a hurry!

I love to shower my bowl of Cajun Red Beans in Hot Pepper Sauce which finishes it off just perfectly. Serve red beans and rice with a nice salad and some hot garlic bread for a full and filing meal. Your family will love it!

Whatever method you decide to use, I hope you find them just as delicious as I do! I’d love to hear what you think about my recipe! Please leave a comment below – I love comments!!

Melissa

 

Red Beans and Rice

Ingredients

  • 1¬†pound¬†dried¬†Red¬†Beans
  • 1¬†large¬†onion¬†¬†chopped
  • 1¬†large¬†¬†bell¬†pepper¬†chopped
  • 2¬†cloves¬†chopped¬†garlic¬†
  • 3¬†stalks¬†celery¬†chopped
  • 2¬†tbsp.¬†vegetable¬†oil
  • 1¬†pound¬†Cajun¬†or¬†smoked¬†sausage¬†sliced
  • 2¬†quarts¬†water¬†or¬†chicken¬†broth
  • Salt,¬†pepper¬†and¬†Cajun¬†seasoning¬†to¬†taste¬†(be¬†careful¬†using¬†both salt¬†and¬†Cajun¬†seasoning¬†as¬†it¬†may¬†become¬†too¬†salty)
  • About 5 cups cooked rice
  • Tabasco or other Hot sauce but Tabasco is the best!

Instructions

  1. 1. Soak the red beans prior to use according to package directions. (Do not skip this step, or the beans will not soften.) After soaking, drain, pick through for rocks or other nonbean things and set aside. 
  2. 2. In a large pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat until sizzling.  3. Sauté onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery until slightly brown. 4. Add in the sliced sausage and brown for 2­-3 minutes
  3. 5. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. 6. Add the chicken broth, beans, and seasoning and bring to a boil on high heat. 7. Turn heat to a low simmer for at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours or until beans are tender.  8. Enjoy! Note: This can also be made in your slow cooker or Instant pot. 
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