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Authentic Red Beans and Rice

Cozy up to an indulgent bowl of this hearty Authentic Red Beans and Rice full of flavor and rich in taste. Throughout the day your kitchen will emanate scents of this classic New Orleans style dish.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Soaking Time1 d
Total Time1 d 6 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 493kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • 16 ounces Dried Red Kidney Beans
  • 28 ounces Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 lb Sausage sliced
  • 1 lb Diced Ham
  • 1 medium Vidalia Onion
  • 1 medium Bell Pepper sliced
  • 6 Celery Stalks chopped
  • 10 Green Onions chopped, green parts only
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 16 ounces Salsa



  • Soak the red kidney beans overnight in a large pot without a lid in twice as much water as beans. Before cooking drain the water from the pot and add fresh water to about 2 inches above the beans.


  • Add the sausage, diced ham, onion, bell pepper, celery, green onions, and fire-roasted tomatoes to the pot, stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the garlic, pepper, cajun seasoning, and hot sauce, stir and cover. Cook for 4 to 6 hours stirring about every 1/2 hour.


  • With 2 hours left to cook remove the lid, turn the heat to medium and add the bay leaves and salsa, stirring frequently until the sauce begins to thicken.


To make this dish even MORE authentic than it already is swap out the cajun seasoning for this spice called "Slap Ya Mama" and you won't regret it!


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1712mg | Potassium: 1239mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1771IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 6mg