Red Beans and Rice? No Way, This is Too Good

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

When someone says "red beans and rice" most everyone runs.... that's good, more for us! I found this recipe years ago, tweaked and made it tasty tasty tasty, the leftovers are even better.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 slices bacon, pre-cut it into little pieces (freeze it for a few minutes for easier cutting)
  • 12 green pepper (chopped or sliced thin)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped or sliced thin)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (or if I run out-garlic powder equalling 3 cloves garlic)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 12 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 -2 teaspoon salt (I like sea or kosher)
  • 1 Polish sausage, sliced (you can put any kind you like or up to a pound- we like the skinless kielbasa)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup cooked rice


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, saute bacon until lightly browned.
  2. Remove all but 2 tablespoons fat.
  3. Add onion, green pepper and garlic, saute until soft.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except vinegar, sugar and rice. Simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Stir in vinegar and sugar for last few minutes then serve over rice.
  6. *note: this recipe I've found hinges on the bacon You need good (perhaps cheap) bacony bacon, not extra lean, you want that tasty bacon- I usually up the bacon amount to half a package or more :).
  7. *variations: omit sausage for side dish-also.after all steps, mix with rice and throw in crockpot on warm and rice will soak up juice;.instead of sausage use boneless chicken.
Most Helpful

I can't seem to make a recipe without adapting it to my tastes, so I won't give stars on this one, only comments. I used only one can of beans, about 3/4lb lean turkey Kielbasa diced, and I skipped the vinegar and sugar. I accidentally drained the beans so I added vegetable broth; and I couldn't resist adding just a couple tablespoonfuls of tomato sauce too -- actually, I used Marinara sauce, which I had on hand. Wow but did it smell heavenly while cooking! This doesn't taste like red beans and rice I've had before, but it was really good! I didn't want to spoil it by adding the rice ;)

JeannaLW January 23, 2008

I think that I would have given this recipe 5 stars, but I have to value the opinion of my BH. I felt this was a good combination of flavors, and I agree, add more bacon (I used a low-sodium). My BH thought it was a bit dry and thought some tomato sauce would have been nice in this. I suggested some chicken broth instead. Maybe even use extra to cook the rice in for added flavor. We used red beans instead of kidneys and low-fat kilbasa. I enjoyed it and so did my 17 year old son, who's been very picky lately on his dinner choices. I would love to do this again with the extra perks. Thanks for the insperational meal missjuliee!

CabinKat January 27, 2007

Being a Michigander, this is a first eating red beans and rice--and they are great. Or at least I thought so...dinner was postponed, so I followed missjuliee's crockpot suggestion. Unfortunately, the aroma and sight of them was too much--hardly enough for anyone else now. Thanks!

ladyfingers December 05, 2006