Red Beans and Sausage is the perfect comfort food dish!
Serve the beans over rice with a side of cornbread.
Watch us make this recipe!
Better known as kidney beans, Red beans and Sausage is great for a Sunday meal or any cold day. Not only do I eat them when it's cold, but I also eat beans all throughout the year, even in the summertime.
Some say the summer is too hot for beans and I say as long as I have a/c why not?
I love a one-pot meal. When I'm trying to relax, the last thing on my mind is washing a bunch of dishes.
On the days that I am relaxing at home, particularly on a Sunday, I throw on a pot of beans and let them go. I usually eat half of the beans and freeze the other half since the recipe makes such a large pot.
So let's get into it so I can show you how it's done!
Ingredients needed for the Red Beans:
Red beans: sort and rinse prior to cooking
Eckrich sausage: slice and brown
Seasonings: bell pepper, yellow onion, minced garlic
Dry seasonings: cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, granulated sugar
Vegetable oil: for sauteeing the vegetables
Steps to make the Red Beans:
First, sort and rinse the beans. Remove the broken pieces and discolored beans. Then, place the beans in a large pot with 10 cups of water and bring the water to a boil.
In a skillet, sauté the bell pepper and onion in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil until vegetables are slightly brown.
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Add the vegetables to the pot with beans and stir. Also, stir in the minced garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoning salt.
Reduce the heat and cook the beans at a slow boil. Place a top on the beans (leaving a slight air gap) and allow to simmer for 1 ½ hours stirring occasionally.
After 1 ½ hours, add the sliced sausage to the pot and stir. (Add more water if beans are too thick).
Once the sausage is added, cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the beans are tender.
Leftovers can easily be frozen in a gallon ziplock bag or Tupperware dish. Once you're ready to eat the beans again, just thaw them, put them in a pot on low heat, reheat and you're good to go.
Speaking of seasonings, the beans taste even better the second day when the seasonings have soaked in. I mean talking about good!
The beans are great with white rice and /or cornbread as well! In the south, we eat beans with both rice and cornbread. I like to put the rice in the bowl first and then pour my beans on top, and cornbread on the side.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Plain white rice and/or cornbread pair well with Red Beans and Sausage.
Traditionally, Andouille sausage (which is popular in Louisiana) is used for this recipe; however, your favorite smoked sausage will also work well.
The beans take approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to cook.
- 16 oz bag of kidney beans - sorted
- 21 oz sausage- sliced
- ½ c yellow onion- chopped
- ½ c green bell pepper- chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder or to taste
- 1 tablespoon onion powder or to taste
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt or to taste
- 4 tbsps granulated sugar or to taste
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil- for sauteeing the vegetables
- 8-10 c of water
- First, sort and rinse the beans.
- Then, place the beans in a large pot with 8-10 cups of water.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- In a skillet, sauté the bell pepper and onion in a few tbsps of vegetable oil until the vegetables are slightly brown.
- Add the vegetables to the pot with beans and stir.
- Stir in the minced garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoned salt.
- Reduce the heat bringing the beans to a slow boil.
- Cover the beans, leaving a slight air gap, and allow them to simmer for 1 ½ - 2 hours stirring occasionally.
- After 1 ½ - 2 hours, add the sliced sausage to the pot and stir. (Add more water if beans are too thick.
- Once the sausage is added, cook the beans for an additional 30 minutes or until the beans are tender.
- Serve and enjoy!