This is a hearty Southern dish, easy to make and full of flavor and quite spicy! I sometimes add in cooked ground beef, you can add in some chopped cooked bacon or use spicy dryed smoked sausage to the beans for smokey flavor --- I also like to add in some Creole seasoning -- see my The Best Creole/Cajun Seasoning Mix
- 3 -4 tablespoons oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 -2 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 -2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 -2 tablespoon chili powder (or use chipotle chili powder or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon paprika (or to taste)
- 2 cups tomato sauce (can add in more)
- 1 (13 ounce) can stewed tomatoes (with juice)
- 1 -2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 -2 teaspoon louisianna hot sauce (add in only if you like extreme spicy!)
- 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed under cold water
- 5 -8 slices bacon, cooked and finely chopped (optional, or use dryed smoked sausage, sliced)
- 4 cups cooked rice
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add in onions, garlic green bell pepper and crushed chili flakes; saute until veggies are soft (about 8 minutes).
- Sprinkle with chili powder and paprika, cook about 1 minute.
- Add in tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and hot sauce (if using) season with salt and add in sugar to taste if needed.
- Add in beans, cooked ground beef and bacon if using; mix to combine and simmer for about 1 hour.
- Serve mixed or over rice topped with a dollup of sour cream if desired.