Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Simple Red Beans & Rice

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Simple Red Beans & Rice

This recipe is a simplified version of the Classic Red Beans & Rice dish your used to. If you want the real deal then you have come to the wrong place. Now that I'm a mom I have come to realize that some of the dishes that I prepare for my family need to be simplified in order to get dinner on the table.  

If I stick to the basics then I know my kid's will eat it. Some of the spices are just too much for them, although I can occasionally sneak them in without them noticing, but not usually. I do know one thing with beans comes rice two items that go perfectly together. They're cheap and easy to prepare. If it's easy then it's definitely for me. 

Were big rice eaters, so finding meals that go along with rice are great. I came across this recipe years ago while searching for a cake recipe on allrecipes. I did tweak the recipe a bit to our liking and everyone loved it. This red beans and rice dish has become a favorite in our house. 

The original recipe says to simmer the ingredients on the stove, but I find it much easier to use a crock pot. After I saute' the sausage and the vegetables I toss everything in my crock pot and cook it on low for about 2 hours.

I love my crock pot especially in the summer, so I don't have to turn on the oven. It helps to keep  my kitchen a bit cooler in our Texas heat. Let's get started and I will show you how to make this simple version of red beans and rice.

In a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes. While the sausage is cooking chop up the onion, celery and green bell pepper. When the sausage starts to render some fat add the vegetables and saute until tender. Drain the beans. 

Pour the beans, tomatoes with juice and tomato sauce in to your pot. (If using your crock pot add to the crock pot now) Season with oregano and pinto bean seasoning. 

I can sneak in a little bit of the Louisiana Hot Sauce without anyone noticing.

add the sauteed vegetables. Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes. If using a crock pot set on low and cook for 2-3 hours.



Serve over white rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 



Simple Red Beans & Rice

Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) package smoked sausage, cut diagonally into 1/4 inch slices
1 - small onion, chopped
1/2 of a green bell pepper, chopped
2 - 3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 - clove garlic, chopped
2 - (15 ounce) cans bush's light red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 - (16 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped or pureed
1 - (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 - teaspoon Fiesta pinto bean seasoning 
1/2 - teaspoon dried oregano
Dash hot sauce, optional
salt & pepper to taste
cooked white or brown rice

Directions:
In a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes. Chop up the onion, celery and green bell pepper.

Add the chopped vegetables and garlic; saute until tender. Add the beans, tomatoes with juice and tomato sauce into your crock pot. 

Season with oregano, pinto bean seasoning and hot sauce if using.

Add the sauteed vegetables. Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes. If using a crock pot set on low and cook for 2-3 hours.

Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes. If using a crock pot set on low and cook for 2-3 hours. 

Serve over rice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Don't forget to bake up a skillet of cornbread. 

Adapted from: allrecipes

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11 comments:

Best Refrigerators said... #

Another great looking recipe!

Maria T said... #

I will definately be trying this one come the fall weather. Looks so yummy and fast to do.
I'm like you when it comes to hot sauce. Everything gets it.

msand said... #

This looks great. If you want it a little more on the authentic would be to add celery.
In Louisiana they call onions, celery, and green peppers mix the 'holy trinity'. You had the onions and green peppers so the celery is just a little step.
I'll make this this week end.
Thanks.
msanderlin

Amanda Butts said... #

So, I know this post is from over two years ago, but lately I've been craving my Mama's red beans and rice! I tried to make some tonight, but the spices were all wrong - too many, if you ask me. This looks very similar to my mom's, simple and delicious! I can't wait to try this very soon!! Your blog is WONDERFUL, one of my new favorites!

Ms. B :)

Kim said... #

I don't eat kidney beans so do you think I can put pinto beans in their place?

matt smith said... #

I have never commented on ANY blog etc but had to on this one. This recipe is awesome. I love red beans and rice and for a quick red beans and rice recipe I have to say, this is the best one I ever had!

Anonymous said... #

Just came across your blog. YOU ROCK... where have you been all my life. I have two small kids - and no time. I love everything here and the way you try to make things so easy. GOD BLESS YOU!!

Cynthia Allen said... #

I just found your blog and wanted to try some of these recipes that look easy and delicious. I haven't found where it says how many servings are in each recipe. Can you help me?

Sara Sustaita Hicks said... #

Does it make a huge difference if i use dark Red kidney beans as opposed to light red?

Tina Butler said... #

I don't think so. I personally just prefer the light red ones.

Lachonda said... #

I was looking for a quick, easy red beans and rice recipe to cook for the kids and I stumbled upon your site. This recipe is awesome and very easy to make. My family really enjoyed it, I will definitely use this recipe again. Thanks!