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One-Pot Red Beans and Rice

By: Stacey Little
One-Pot Red Beans and Rice
One-Pot Red Beans and Rice

Cajun food makes for delicious, comforting, and flavorful dinners, and that's why One-Pot Red Beans and Rice is perfect for you. When you need a satisfying meal or side dish to warm you up, this recipe for red beans and rice is ideal. This recipe includes sausage, but if you want to make it without meat, you can still make this dish into a full meal because the rice and beans combination has plenty of protein. This classic red beans and rice recipe is one of the simple one-pot recipes you need for every occasion.


This recipe was submitted as part of the Swiss Diamond One Pot Wonder Recipe Contest.


Preparation Time10 min


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Cajun smoked sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can red beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups instant rice
  • Creole seasoning


  1. Add the vegetable oil to a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add the onion, green pepper, and celery. Cook 7 to 8 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the beans and rice. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add creole seasoning to taste.

  4. Cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

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Ever since I had the red beans and rice from Popeyes I've been daydreaming about making them homemade...but for some weird reason, I always thought that ham hocks were the base for the sauce. The smoked sausage is a really nice touch though and I'm pretty sure it'll add a different level of flavor to this dish. Just a thought but shouldn't the creole seasoning be cooked into the beans so that they can absorb the flavor?

Yum! Sausage, rice, beans, Cajun seasoning all whipped up in one pot, this One-Pop Red Beans and Rice recipe is a celebration worthy of Mardi Gras that you can serve your family for dinner tonight. Full of flavor with easy prep and clean up this recipe is a win for you and your loved ones. Also makes a great dish for pot-luck gatherings. Give this recipe a try and you will quickly add it to your favorites list.

I love Cajun food, and this dish with sausage is a great thing to make when I'm in need of some comfort food. Johnsonville makes a decent Andouille sausage, though our local Fresh Market has a good house-made version. I'll need to pick some up the next time I'm there and make up a pot of this.

I try to cook one meal every week with rice and beans and this looks like a great new one to add to the rotation! I bet you could you could substitute another bean like black-eyed peas or black turtle beans, and I like the suggestion of omitting the sausage to make it a meatless meal. Cajun food is always delicious and this one looks nice and simple to make in under an hour. A great weeknight meal or to bring to a potluck or dinner party!

I like red beans and rice with a loaf of crusty French bread, and some cool cucumber salad. This looks like an easy dish to make. I think I'll make this in February for Mardi Gras!

Red beans and rice is so good. It does make a lot so make it for several people or expect leftovers. It is pretty filling. If you can't find cajun smoked sausage, any kind will be good. It might taste a little different, but still tasty. Regular rice will work too instead of instant. That is what I used.


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