Cajun Red Beans & Rice

Number of Servings: 8 (244 G)
Prep Time: 30 Minutes plus overnight soak
Cook Time: 4 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
  • 1/2 lb. chicken andouille sausage, cooked and sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 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, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 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 244G

Amount per serving
Calories 375
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.5g 11%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 455mg 19%
Potassium 980mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Total Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 44g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 35%
Calcium 8%
Iron 25%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin E 2%
Vitamin K 20%
Thiamin 35%
Riboflavin 10%
Niacin 15%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folate 60%
Vitamin B12 0%
Biotin 0%
Chloride 6%
Pantothenate 8%
Phosphorus 35%
Iodine 0%
Magnesium 30%
Zinc 15%
Selenium 10%
Copper 25%
Manganese 80%
Chromium 0%
Molybdenum 2%

* 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, Sweet Onion, Andouille Chicken Sausage (organic Skinless Chicken, Water, Organic Paprika, Sea Salt, Organic Crushed Red Pepper, Organic Black And Organic White Pepper, Organic Garlic, Organic Dried Onion, Organic Sage, Organic Thyme, Organic Cayenne Pepper), Celery, Green Bell Pepper, Hot Pepper Sauce (distilled Vinegar, Red Pepper, Salt), Soybean Oil, Garlic, Cider Vinegar, Thyme, Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Sage, Bay Leaf.

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