Red Beans and Rice

I'm in love with this one skillet Dirty Red Beans and Rice! It's a super quick side dish recipe, but can easily be turned into a main course by adding sliced andouille sausage!

Red Beans and Rice is a slightly spicy side dish recipe that can easily be turned into a Cajun-inspired main dish with the help of some andouille sausage!

I'm in love with this one skillet Red Beans and Rice! It's a super quick side dish recipe, but can easily be turned into a main course by adding sliced andouille sausage! pinterestRed Beans and Rice is a super simple one skillet recipe that’s perfect as a side dish or add some diced chicken or sliced sausage to make it a main dish!

A couple weeks ago I was cruising the grocery store trying to find some inspiration for a side dish to go with some grilled chicken we were having that night for dinner.

I spotted a package of Dirty Red Beans and Rice. I picked up the tiny pouch and studied the ingredients. I thought to myself, this wouldn’t feed my family of 6, and then I thought, heck, why don’t I just make my own version from scratch!?

So I did just that!

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I'm in love with this one skillet Dirty Red Beans and Rice! It's a super quick side dish recipe, but can easily be turned into a main course by adding sliced andouille sausage!

After I made this easy side dish, I realized that I could very easily make this a main course by simply adding some sliced andouille sausage to the skillet while I’m sautéing the onion!

Here’s a pro tip when making any skillet rice dish – TOAST THE RICE!

When you slightly toast the rice before adding the liquid it helps the rice to not become sticky and clumpy when cooked. Leaving you with a fluffy rice pilaf that your family with keep coming back for more!

I like to toast my rice right in the skillet, after I’ve sautéed my onion and red bell pepper. I’ll throw in my spices and let those get a little toasty too. It helps to bring out all the aromatic flavors.

I'm in love with this one skillet Dirty Red Beans and Rice! It's a super quick side dish recipe, but can easily be turned into a main course by adding sliced andouille sausage!

Whether you serve this as a side dish or a main dish, you’re going to love all the flavors and ease of this delicious recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15oz.) can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • freshly chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute the onion and red bell pepper for about 2 to 3 minutes, until they soften slightly.
  2. Add the rice, cajun seasoning and garlic salt, stirring until the rice is slightly browned, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the tomato sauce and chicken broth and stir until combined. Bring mixture to a slight boil. Add beans, stir, then reduce heat to low. Cover the skillet and cook for 15 to 18 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir to fluff the rice. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and serve warm. Enjoy!

Notes

Add 12oz. of sliced andouille sausage to the skillet while sautéing the onion to make it a complete meal!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
19 Responses
  1. candy
    Made this last night with Chili Seasoning, instead of the Cajon, with Kidney and Black Beans and long grain brown rice, was delicious! Totally doing it again :-) Thank you for sharing!
  2. Sherrry
    Yummy. It is my new go to easy meal recipe. Made this several times. Everyone loved it. This and a pan of cornbread. thank you for such a amazing easy recipe. Make it with turkey sausage.
  3. Amy
    I’ve made this twice now. It’s easy and tasty. My picky boyfriend loves it. We sauté some polish sausage and add it at the end.
  4. Anthony Maggio
    I tried this recipe for a picnic this past weekend for Memorial Day weekend, and it was a huge success!! The hardest thing about the recipe was dicing the onion and red pepper. A few of my friends said the Dirty Red Beans and Rice was one of the best dishes at the picnic. I will definitely will make it again.
  5. De
    I had those chicken and apple sausages from SAM'S CLub that I am not that crazy about -- other than they are low calorie/low fat. I thought this recipe would over power them and make a nice protein addition. It did! I replaced the bell pepper and tomato sauce with salsa. It came out great!!
  6. I've been obsessed with Cajun seasoning lately, too, but it won't show up on my blog until July/August. This recipe looks delicious. I love red beans and rice. This recipe is much simpler than mine, but it doesn't appear to lose any of the flavor. Great recipe. I will be making this as a side with my blackened pork chops.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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