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The Best Quick and Easy Red Beans and Rice

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 people 1x


A Southern staple! Sliced and browned kielbasa with red beans and chopped vegetables, simmered in a tomato/chicken broth sauce with lots of yummy Cajun seasonings.



  • 1 14 oz pkg smoked sausage, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp avocado or vegetable oil
  • 2 15 oz cans red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • long grain white rice


  1. Start by cooking amount of rice desired according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in a dutch oven or large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add sausage to skillet and cook until slightly browned. Then add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender and onion is translucent, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add red beans, tomato sauce, broth, Creole seasoning, and chili powder and stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6.  Once liquid has reduced some, serve over rice and enjoy!
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: Red Beans and Rice, Cajun Recipe, Creole Recipe, Quick and Easy, Weeknight Dinner

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