Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cajun Red Beans and Rice Tutorial

A favorite comfort food of mine is Red Beans and Rice. It's a cheap dinner and goes a LONG way. It's very easy to make, especially in the slow-cooker. The leftovers freeze well, too. Just divide among quart freezer bags, seal, and freeze flat. When you have a craving for some, just microwave or reheat in a pot then serve over fresh rice. I doubled the recipe, so I could have some to freeze.

Cajun Red Beans and Rice

Ingredients

1lb bag of dry red kidney beans
1lb smoked sausage (I use mild, but you can use whatever you like- even hamhocks work)
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
2 cups of water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
Cooked White Rice for serving

Step 1 

Place the dry beans in a large bowl and cover with water. Let soak for at least 8 hours. Ideally, overnight.

Step 2

The next day, discard remaining soaking water. Pour beans into your slow-cooker. To them, add the chopped onions, garlic, salt, Cajun seasoning, and pepper.

Step 3



Then add your sausage, tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (with juice), and water. Stir to combine everything. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours until beans are soft.

Step 4

 Serve over white rice.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know it's called "Red Beans" & rice, but kidney beans are not one of my favorites. Do you think it would work and taste ok to use maybe Great Northern Beans? Or other bean suggestions?? Thank you and I love following your posts.

Sue

The Virtuous Wife said...

Sue, I'm sure any bean would work with this recipe! =D

Courtney said...

I'm using pinto beans for today's Fat Tuesday dinner! I'll report back!

Momobug said...

Hi Amanda - your recipe looks great but NOT my grandma's red beans & rice (New Orleans style, and she was Cajun by birth!)!! By her recipe, we use a ham bone or hock, and red beans, with onions garlic and even bell pepper if we wish to - - - and tomatoes aren't even in the recipe. This is what I love about Cajun cooking, we all have our own family recipes! :-) Best wishes!