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Popeye's Red Bean and Rice

Our copycat Popeye's red beans and rice is satisfying and simple to make.

Popeyes Red Bean and Rice
Popeyes Red Bean and Rice
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Make Popeye's red beans and rice any day of the week with this great copycat recipe. If you like red beans and rice, then you're going to love this restaurant version. It's filled with delicious spices for a side dish that you and your family will make again and again. This Cajun delight even adds ham for a smokey robust flavor! You might want to make a second batch right away, because everyone will be going back for second helpings. Pair with your favorite fried chicken and dig in!


Cooking Time1 hr 45 min



  • 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


  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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Popeyes Red Beans and Rice have always been one of my favorite foods that I crave often and love to eat when I'm out, but always wondered how they were made. Maybe it's a typo but the instructions say to remove the bay leaf and there's no mention of bay leaf in the list of ingredients. I don't really think it's necessary to use lard in this recipe, but I also think, if you want authentic Popeyes beans then it's probably best to use it for flavor purposes.

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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