Cajun Red Beans & Rice

Number of Servings: 8 (242 g)
Active Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 15 hours
Cuban Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice are a classic New Orleans dish. This version is a little lighter on both the salt and the saturated fat, but not light in flavor. Use cayenne pepper and hot sauce to adjust the heat to suit your personal preferences.


  • 1 lb. kidney beans
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ lb. chicken andouille sausage, cooked and sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 3 cups brown rice, cooked


  1. Cover beans with cold water. Soak at room temperature overnight, up to 16 hours. Drain and rinse.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring, until lightly browned.
  3. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cook until vegetables have softened and are just starting to brown around the edges. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Add salt, cayenne pepper, sage, and fresh black pepper. Cook for another 30 seconds or so.
  4. Add beans, along with enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Add cider vinegar, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until beans are tender, 1½ to 2½ hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove lid and continue to cook until liquid has thickened, about 20 minutes. If the pot starts to look dry before the stew turns creamy, add water and continue simmering. Repeat as necessary until thick and creamy.
  6. Remove bay leaves and thyme stems. Season to taste with hot sauce. Serve over brown rice.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 242 g

Amount per serving
Calories 355
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 385mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 11.5g 39%
Total Sugars 4g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 44g
Protein 21g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 79.3mg 6%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 995mg 20%
Vitamin A 11.1mcg 2%
Vitamin C 18.4mg 20%
Vitamin E 0.6mg 6%
Vitamin K 15.6mcg 15%
Thiamin 0.5mg 40%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 15%
Niacin 6.5mg 40%
Vitamin B6 0.5mg 25%
Folate 249.2mcg 62%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 0.6mcg 4%
Chloride 177.1mg 8%
Pantothenate 0.9mg 20%
Phosphorus 330.9mg 25%
Iodine 0.2mcg 0%
Magnesium 117.4mg 30%
Zinc 2.3mg 20%
Selenium 6.7mcg 15%
Copper 0.5mg 60%
Manganese 1.5mg 70%
Chromium 0.4mcg 0%
Molybdenum 1.7mcg 4%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Cooked Brown Rice (water, Brown Rice), Red Kidney Beans, Onion, Andouille Sausage (skinless Chicken, Water, Paprika, Sea Salt, Crushed Red Pepper, Black And White Pepper, Garlic, Dried Onion, Sage, Thyme, Cayenne Pepper), Celery, Green Bell Pepper, Soybean Oil, Garlic, Cider Vinegar, Thyme, Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Sage, Bay Leaf.

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