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Red Beans and Rice Recipes

This super easy Red Beans and Rice can either be made as a side dish or add diced sausage and make it a complete meal!

Red Beans and Rice is a slightly spicy side dish recipe that can easily be turned into a Cajun-inspired main dish with the help of some andouille sausage!

Red Beans and Rice is a super simple one skillet recipe that’s perfect as a side dish or add some diced chicken or sliced sausage to make it a main dish!

A couple weeks ago I was cruising the grocery store trying to find some inspiration for a side dish to go with some grilled chicken we were having that night for dinner.

I spotted a package of Dirty Red Beans and Rice. I picked up the tiny pouch and studied the ingredients. I thought to myself, this wouldn’t feed my family of 6, and then I thought, heck, why don’t I just make my own version from scratch!?

So I did just that!

It doesn’t take long to whip up this tasty side dish.

I took direction from my Easy Mexican Rice and just tweaked the flavor profile to match that down-south feel.

I’m obsessed with cajun spices right now. I just posted this Cajun Chicken Pasta (which is all made in one skillet too), and I can’t get enough of it!

You need to jump on this spice train with me! Toot toot!

After I made this easy side dish, I realized that I could very easily make this a main course by simply adding some sliced andouille sausage to the skillet while I’m sautéing the onion!

Here’s a pro tip when making any skillet rice dish – TOAST THE RICE!

When you slightly toast the rice before adding the liquid it helps the rice to not become sticky and clumpy when cooked. Leaving you with a fluffy rice pilaf that your family with keep coming back for more!

I like to toast my rice right in the skillet, after I’ve sautéed my onion and red bell pepper. I’ll throw in my spices and let those get a little toasty too. It helps to bring out all the aromatic flavors.

Whether you serve this as a side dish or a main dish, you’re going to love all the flavors and ease of this delicious recipe!
Red Beans and Rice Recipes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup white long grain rice (i prefer Jasmine Rice)
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15oz.) can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • freshly chopped cilantro for garnish
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute the onion and red bell pepper for about 2 to 3 minutes, until they soften slightly.
  2. Get full recipe and instructions, please visit here 

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