Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quick and Easy Red Beans and Rice




Do you have a wish list of places you would like to visit? That was a silly question right? We all have places we would love to go. 

One of the places that I am dying to visit is New Orleans. I have wanted to go their since I was young. One of my friends went during Mardi Gras and had the best time. But I don't even know if I would want to go during Mardi Gas really. I am out of the "party mode". 

Now I would love to go for the food and surroundings.


We have been on vacation twice and both times we went to Vegas, which is fun but can get expensive if you are not careful. I would rather blow my money on awesome food then at the poker table.

Creole/Cajun food is some of the most amazing food on the planet in my opinion, with the influences of the French, Spanish, German, and English settlers. They brought their individual cooking methods and flavors and adapted them to what was available locally.

I read somewhere that when a Cajun cook is planning a meal, he or she simply opens the kitchen door and whatever is flying, swimming, walking by or growing in their gardens may well end up in the pot. I love that!

So, I decided I wanted to go with some Creole/Cajun flavor and try my hand at Red Beans and Rice. 

Buuuut I didn't want to wait. Which I know is what creates those deep flavors to develop. 

I just wanted it.

I wanted it now!!

What I came up with was darn tasty, just ask Kevin. 

Oh wait, I think he just went back for thirds!




Quick and Easy Red Beans and Rice



2 tablespoon grapeseed (or olive) oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15-ounce) can cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon Creole/Cajon seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning)
1/2 pound andouille sausage, sliced on an angle 
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chicken stock
Several dashes of hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot), to taste
3 cups cooked rice


In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, thyme oregano, and Creole seasoning. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Place half of the vegetable mix into a food processor or blender, along with half of the tomatoes and half of the beans. Pulse a few time to get the mixture to thicken but leave the beans a bit chunky. 

In the original pot, add the additional tablespoon of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage on both sides. Add the rest of the tomatoes, beans, the bean mixture, chicken stock, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes, adding more chicken stock if the mixture becomes too thick. Add the hot sauce.

Serve over rice.

6 servings

ENJOY!!





60 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe I love anything with beans!

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    1. Me too. I am always looking for ideas with beans. Great way to add protein to a meal.

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  2. This is indeed quick! Might as well try this soon!

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  3. This looks great for a comforting and warm family dinner! Thank you

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  4. I agree, Cajun are really great! <3 hmm Yummy!

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  5. YUM! It looks so yummy .
    All I wanna go is Vegas right now , I am jealous of your trip , haha.

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    1. LOL we did have fun and there is part of me that would love to go back!

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  6. Cool recipes. Is brown rice ok there ?

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  7. This looks so comforting and the flavor and spice combo you used makes me drool!

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    1. You have to get that Creole seasoning. It is sooooo good!!

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  8. Yum! And that is very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. You're welcome Healy, I am glad you like it!

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  9. New Orleans dish, yummy! Gotta try this!

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    1. I hope you so Nancy. It is so good without having to wait all day for it to cook.

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  10. I love the taste of Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning! I had it first in college when we went to New Orleans for a conference... loved it since!

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    1. Yes it is awesome and they have sauces now too. I went to the site and they have advertisement by the family in the show Swamp People. I saw the video on YouTube too. SO funny!!

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  11. I guess I would want to .visit CT. It looks so pretty there.

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  12. My dh grew up eating red beans and rice. I did not and never wanted any. They just use reds beans and rice. Nothing else. Bland and yucky. Yours look really good and I'd eat it.

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    1. Awesome Dawn!! I hope you give it a try :) I really think you would like it.

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  13. This looks delicious. Red beans and rice is a great inexpensive meal and I cant wait to try out your recipe

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    1. Yes Karen, you are right. Inexpensive but so tasty :)

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  14. Oh I love the fact it's quick and easy I can't stand for long in the kitchen so quick and easy is perfect for me x

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    1. Yes I like quick and easy so I can relax with my guy :)

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  15. I can't eat beans, but my husband absolutely loves them! He would love this recipe!

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    1. I would be so sad if I couldn't eat beans :(

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  16. Yum yum yum. My mouth is watering for this! I love Cajun food! I had the pleasure of attending Mardi Gras myself in college and the food was to die for.

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    1. Ohhh I am so jealous!! I hope to make it there some day soon!

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  17. Thank you for sharing looks really tasty

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  18. I LOVE Cajun cuisine. Mmmm. My grandfather was Creole so we used to eat it a lot. I make red beans and rice regularly

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  19. This looks delicious.

    As for Vegas, it sure can get expensive, but they do have some great places to eat!! One of the best steaks hubby ever had was at the restaurant inside of Circus Circus of all places. Very elegant restaurant, a most excellent atmosphere and dinner. :)

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    1. Yes, we saw some of the big name steakhouses but woohoooo the prices!! If we go back we will have to check out the Circus Circus!

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  20. I had a dish similar to this when I visited New Orleans. I had no idea how to make it though. It didn't seem like a complicated dish to replicate except that I wasn't sure I would get the spices right. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    1. It is all about the flavors and they usually start with dry beans (which taste better but take forever) and yes, the spices. This is just a quick and easy version for when you are craving it but don't have the time to put into cooking for several hours.

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  21. I'm not a big fan of beans but hubby is. I wonder if I made this if he would enjoy me making it for him. Will have to give it a try.

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    1. I hope you do :) I think he would like it!

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  22. I love Red Beans and Rice and have not made it in a long time. This recipe has reminded me that I need to make it again soon.

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    1. Yes, this will be on our meal rotation for the fall/winter for sure!

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  23. This looks like a delicious and hearty meal to enjoy on a brisk fall day. I love rice and red beans.

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    1. You hit the nail on the head. It is perfect for a nice chilly day!

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  24. haha I just had these the other night, a little different but I love mixing things up! I think my fav is putting jalapenos in there

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    1. Yes, I thought about using a serrano (we are growing them) but the Creole seasoning packs quite a bit a heat, plus few shots of good ol' Franks Red Hot doesn't hurt!

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  25. I've been wanting to make something like this. now i can~ :D

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    1. Oh I am so glad I posted this recipe then :)

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  26. If you DO go back to Vegas, rent a car and get off the strip - there are some amazing and cheap(er) places to see and eat - even a few featured on Guy Fiore and Man Vs Food shows! :)

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  27. I haven't had red beans and rice in years, thanks for sharing. Looks like I will be making this next week!

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  28. Red beans and rice are classics in Latino homes, but I would love to try it out with cajun flavors

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    1. I love the seasoning I mentioned in the recipe. It gives you heat, but not too much.

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  29. My sister would love this! Thanks for the recipe!

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  30. I'd forgotten all about this dynamite comfort food, so thanks for the reminder and the recipe. It's Monday, it's cold and rainy outside, it's a Red Beans and Rice kind of day.

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    1. If you are in Seattle I am just across the sound from you and I feel your pain with the cold and rainy :) This is the perfect dish for one of these days!

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