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In the summer months, I try to avoid using my oven in the evenings. Here in the south, it is typical for the afternoons to be in the 90’s with soaring humidity levels. Heating the house up isn’t on the to-do list. That is why I love recipes like this red beans and rice recipe that is not only an oven free recipe, but it is also a one pot (dutch oven) recipe. Nearly perfect, right? To sweeten the deal, even more, the dish is economical and feeds a crowd.
You should be! This recipe is a favorite from my childhood, and my family has been making it for generations. My comfort food of choice that reminds me of a simpler time filled with family and laughter. And, of course, great food like this.
Although the cook time is a bit longer than most of my meals, this recipe does not require constant supervision, which makes the cook time more palatable. Don’t get me wrong; you need to keep an eye on it and stir occasionally, but not continuously.
The most challenging part of this red beans and rice recipe is smelling the fantastic aromas wafting from the kitchen and having to wait to eat dinner.
One of my favorite aromas is onions and garlic sauteing. Add in the andouille along with thyme and the other spices and the house smells divine! You will undoubtedly be salivating by dinnertime.
Don’t fret; I promise you can hold off. Your patience will be rewarded!
There are a few ways you can make this recipe. It can all be made in the instant pot, but I prefer my dutch oven for none other than tradition. I do sometimes cheat if I forget to soak my beans. I will cook the red beans in the instant pot on high for 35 minutes and add them in at the very end after the rice has cooked. The rest of the recipe stays the same except the stock will drop down to 4 cups, not 6 cups. If I am preparing the red beans and rice this way, I can cut out about 30 minutes of overall cooking time. This is my go-to method for a busier day when I still HAVE to have this recipe for dinner.
Cravings happen. What can I say?
The slower method will always be the more traditional and dare I say more flavorful route since all the flavors are combined and marry in the same pot over a more extended period of time. In the end, you will have an incredibly flavorful and satisfying meal that may or may not put you into a food coma.
The leftovers are terrific too. So you can always look forward to not having to cook tomorrow. We all love leftover nights, right?
Love this Red Beans and Rice recipe? Please share! Also, check out these other fabulous recipes: Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy, Shrimp and Peppers On Creamy Polenta, and Shrimp Po’Boy!
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||1 1/2 hours|
|Passive Time||0 minutes|
- 1 lb small red beans soak your beans for 3-4 hours before cooking OR cook in instant pot and add to the dish at the end before serving
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 whole red bell pepper, diced
- 1 whole green bell pepper, diced
- 2 large yellow onions, diced
- 5 stalks celery, diced
- 2 pounds andouille sausage links
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 cups jasmine rice
- 6 cups chicken stock Reduce to 4 cups if making beans in instant pot and adding at the end
- Add olive oil to a large dutch oven and saute all veggies (not garlic) until soft and onions turn translucent
- Add the sausage (fully cooked) and saute for another 5 minutes, stirring ocassionally
- Add the garlic and saute until aromatic, about 1 minute, stirring constantly
- Add the chicken stock and spices, stirring well and deglazing pot to combine all flavors
- Add the red beans, stir and cover.
- Simmer on medium for 1 hour, stirring occasionally
- Add the rice and cook covered for another 20-30 minutes, stirring ocassionally.
- Be sure to note the level of liquid. If needed, add an additional cup of stock to cook the rice
- Once the rice and beans are tender it is time to serve. Red Beans and Rice pairs perfectly with a good piece of cornbread. Enjoy!
Kat JeterJune 7, 2018
Yum!! I grew up eating red beans and rice and I haven’t made it in WAY too long! This recipe reminds me of my mom’s so I’ll have to give it a try.
Leslie MorrisonJune 7, 2018
Veena AzmanovJune 7, 2018
I love adding beans to my rice but have not tried adding red beans yes. Love the flavors you have going here. Saving this for later. Can’t wait to try.
Leslie MorrisonJune 7, 2018
Let me know what you think 🙂
JenniJune 7, 2018
Love a good red beans and rice recipe! I haven’t made this dish in so long – definitely will be trying yours!
Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny KitchenJune 8, 2018
One pot meals like this are SO great to keep on hand, especially in the summer. This dish reminds me of a trip to New Orleans that I went on a few years ago. What a great way to travel back there without the airfare!
KittyJune 8, 2018
So, I love any recipe that says it feeds a crowd, because I like to freeze leftovers. But I’m guessing I’d want to portion out my beans without the rice for freezing?
Sam | Ahead of ThymeJune 10, 2018
I love beans with rice!! I have never tried it with sausage, it sounds delicious!!
StaceyJune 10, 2018
This is one of my favorites, we used to have this just about every week! Yum!
CindyJune 10, 2018
Looks so good, I want to try it as a make-ahead breakfast! Do you think it would work, possibly with some eggs on the side. Tysm
Claire | The Simple, Sweet LifeJune 11, 2018
My grandma always served red beans and rice, but I don’t think I’ve ever made it myself. I’m definitely going to have to give this a try!
HeatherJune 11, 2018
This looks ridiculously amazing! Super easy and a great meal to feed a house full of people. Beautifully seasoned.
Cathleen @ A Taste of MadnessJune 11, 2018
Rice and beans might be one of my favourite combos ever. I can imagine how hard it is to wait to eat this with the amazing smell 🙂
Eileen KellyJune 11, 2018
My family loves red beans and rice. Your recipe is absolutely perfect. Love the use of jasmine rice and andouille sausage. Pinned to make for my family!
Alisa FlemingJune 26, 2018
Pinned this wonderful recipe to a few boards! I’ve had red beans and rice on my bucket list for years, but always forget to make it.
CelesteFebruary 13, 2019
Oh I bet my husband’s family would love this recipe. I cant wait to share it with them,
Sheila RhodesFebruary 14, 2019
My husband loves red beans and rice. This would be right up his alley! This looks so yummy and now it is midnight and I am hungry 🙂
VickyFebruary 14, 2019
This looks like a great filling meal and reminds me of something my mother used to make. I bet it smells wonderful cooking up too!
MeganFebruary 15, 2019
This looks so delicious. I’m going to make this!
ProfnohairFebruary 20, 2019
Red beans and rice is a Monday staple in New Orleans. Monday was laundry day back in the day and the lady of the house didn’t need to to constantly tend to the meal so it worked out perfectly.
I New Orleans we do not add the rice to the pot but serve the beans over the rice. Pickled meat is the normal meat added. Hot Sausage is usually the side item.
Leslie MorrisonFebruary 26, 2019
Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 I had no idea the meal coincided with laundry day.