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.
Really liked this. We used the bacon, which I know should be sausage to keep authentic but I wasn't going for authentic. Which explains why I also used black beans. This didn't take much time/effort and uses staple items, so we'll make this often. Thanks for posting!
LOVED THIS!!! So easy and so flavorful! I added mushrooms (just for a few extra veggies) & a diced jalape?o (because we love spicy food) - but other than that wouldn't change a thing! For the meat we used turkey sausage, and it complimented the dish perfectly. Thanks for the great dish, Kitten!
I've been meaning to review this for a while; it is so delicious! Also, versatile! I've used bacon, ground sausage, smoked sausage and/or chicken chunks for this, all with great outcomes. My favorite combination is chicken chunks and mild smoked sausage (this previous time, I used these and black beans). I always half this recipe though (still using 1 whole can of stewed tomatoes, yum!), and still have enough for seconds and leftovers. The family always raves about my dishes, TY Kittencal!