Jamaican Style Peas and Rice (Red Beans and Rice)

"I love this recipe! My first time making red beans and rice in 2003 and it was perfect! I've never used the pepper and I also used extra seasonings like garlic powder etc. I use the canned beans because dried beans take so long to cook!! My kids can't wait that long! :-) This is great with a stew or a curry, like chicken or goat. Whenever I bought a stew or a curry from the Jamaican restaurants back home, they automatically came with this rice. If you eat it on it's own, it may seem a bit plain."
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Combine the kidney beans, garlic, water and salt to taste in a saucepan. Cook, covered over medium heat until tender, about 2 hours.
  • Add the coconut milk, pepper to taste, scallion, onion, thyme and whole fresh pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, remove the hot pepper. Then add the rice and stir.
  • Return to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes, or until all the liquids have been absorbed. Serve hot as a side dish.
  • * Can use 16-oz. can cooked beans instead. Drain and combine with water and other ingredients except rice. Boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add rice, boil, reduce heat and cook about 20 minutes or until liquids are absorbed.

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  1. OMG! This recipe was amazing! It even blew the in-laws away!! The only thing I changed was I added 3 scotch bonnet peppers instead of one, and left it until the dish was completely done.Super spicy but very yum!
  2. This recipe is a personal favorite of mine and goes great with anything!!! ya mon! The only thing is the salt needs to go in after the bean mostly cook or else the bean not cook all the way. One more things most people I know use the panamanian pepper the equivelent here is habenero pepper. Use one or two depending on serving size and you will notice the taste difference in your meal! Buen Provecho! chao
  3. I made this and it turned out fantastic! I followed the directions to the letter, and the taste was incredible. Warning - if you add a pinch of salt just before you eat it (after its on your plate) it really makes the dish pop. So much flavor, and it increases the depth of the taste. It is total comfort food
  4. I am having a Jamaica themed party for 50 people. What is the best way to make this in bulk??
  5. I made this recipe to go with coconut chicken and it was wonderful! I did add an extra clove of garlic but otherwise followed the recipe as written. I will definitely be making this again.


  1. So...I had spinal surgery about 3 weeks ago and since then I can't seem to tolerate many meat dishes. This past weekend, my husband and I bought some dried black beans at a ridiculously low price and I've been searching for a recipe to use them. I also have way too many cans of coconut milk, hence my stumbling upon this recipe. Since I can't really get out to the store easily, I had to use what's on hand - and thank goodness that the recipe is forgiving enough to still taste amazing! I had to use minced garlic instead of garlic cloves, siracha sauce (the jar of red pepper paste with garlics) instead of the pepper, 1/2 an envelope of french onion soup mix since we had no onions, and then I added in white sugar because we like it to taste a little on the sweet side. I usually don't like to alter recipes the first time I make them, but sadly I didn't have the things on hand to do so. Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe!!
  2. I used small red beans instead of kidney beans and increased to 2 peppers based on the other reviews. The next time I will increase the number of peppers even more and also increase the thyme. This is a very good recipe though and does taste very much like the peas and rice you get in the islands. Thanks for sharing.
  3. now with 3 scotch bonnet peppers, which i did not remove, using small red beans instead of kidney beans and serving the rice with grilled steak instead of chicken, really made a wonderful difference, it is definitely a 5 star recipe and a keeper!!!


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