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Popeyes Red Bean and Rice

Make Popeyes' notorious red beans and rice any day of the week with this great copycat recipe. Made with spices that can be found in your kitchen cabinet, this Cajun delight adds ham for a smokey robust flavor. Pair with your favorite fried chicken and dig in.

Ingredients
  • 3 cans (15.5-ounces) red beans
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 pound smoked ham shanks
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • 5 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Pour 2 cans of beans with their liquid, water and ham in to a pot.
     
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to beans except rice and extra can of beans. Bring to boil over medium heat.
     
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about an hour.
     
  4. Remove ham bones, if any, and bay leaf.
     
  5. Put the bean mixture in a food processor, or blender. Drain the liquid from the last can of beans and place remaining beans in food blender. Process for two or three seconds.
     
  6. Pour bean mixture back in to pot and simmer on low for an additional fifteen minutes.
     
  7. Serve over cooked white rice.

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You could probably substitute a little butter for the lard, or even a few strips of rendered bacon with the grease to still get a rich flavor, but if you are looking to omit the fat, you can just leave that out all together. I like to make a version of this in my pressure cooker using fresh beans - just be sure to lay them on a pan first and pick through them. You might find a stone or two in there!

Is there something that could be used instead of lard?

You do NOT have to use lard if you don't want to. Dont use anything, or use coconut oil, or for the extra flavor, use smoked hocks. And take the advice of Bob H (Feb 20 2012): Cook the beans FRESH!

Hi leediablo 7771294 - You pour the 3rd can of beans into the blender after draining the liquid but before processing for 2-3 seconds. We have updated the recipe instructions to clarify. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! -Editors of RecipeLion

After draining the liquid off the 3rd can of beans and adding it to the food processor, what do you do with the beans in the remaining 3rd can? Does one add them AFTER processing for two to three seconds?

How many servings does this make?

Here we go again! Canned red beans ;-( This long time cook/chef says cook those beans from scratch! You'll be glad you did!

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