Katie's Red Beans and Rice

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 277.3
  • Total Fat: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 893.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 48.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 18.5 g
  • Protein: 14.9 g

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Introduction

I've got a lot of cajun in me, and there are some recipes I can't live without! This is classic red beans and rice like my mama makes, only without any animal. I've got a lot of cajun in me, and there are some recipes I can't live without! This is classic red beans and rice like my mama makes, only without any animal.
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    1 pound red beans
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 bell pepper, chopped
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    3-5 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon Bacos
    2 bay leaves
    1 teaspoon thyme
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 teaspoon white pepper
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    dash Tabasco

Directions

Soak the beans overnight in enough water to cover! This is vital. The quick cook method doesn't make the beans as creamy, I swear.
The following day, drain and rinse the beans and set them aside.

Saute the onions, bell pepper, and celery in the olive oil until softened. (For some extra panache add some chopped red and yellow pepper.) Add the garlic, pressed or minced, and the Bacos and stir for 2 minutes or so.

Add the beans and enough water to cover with an inch or two to spare. Add the herbs and spices. The spice measurements are approximations. Please use as light or heavy a hand as you'd like! That's what makes it delicious.

Optional: Some liquid smoke can give that smoked sausage flavor to the beans if desired. You can add that now.

Bring beans to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let them go. They're ready when they are tender and starting to fall apart. This can take an hour and a half or as long as three or four hours, depending on your beans. Just leave them alone.

When they're about ready, taste test and adjust the spices. If necessary give the beans another fifteen minutes for additional flavor mingling.

Ditch the bay leaves and serve over rice! (Not included in nutrition.)

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KMCQUAGE.

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    The best I've had since leaving New Orleans... Yes, I DO know what it means to miss New Orleans. Only your version was better - no nasty meat-grease scum on top. I absolutely LOVED this recipe and will make it again and again. Only thing I did differently was to prepare it in my slow cooker. - 11/23/08

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    What are Bacos? - 7/25/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I lived in NOLA for a couple of years - and this version stands up to anything I ever had there! Thanks for the recipe. - 8/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    So easy and so delicious. I added a tad too much cayenne pepper so I'd put a little less in next time. - 7/7/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was great. I'm not one to judge the authenticity, but it sure was delicious. I will definitely be making this again. - 12/8/08

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