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

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by missjuliee

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.

Top Review by JeannaLW

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 ;)

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.

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