Easy Red Beans and Rice

Enjoy a taste of the south with this dish of Easy Red Beans and Rice with smoked sausage, tomatoes, chili powder and melty cheese, all ready in 20 minutes!

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Easy Red Beans and Rice

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 15 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 7 oz turkey smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Want to spice up your weekly meal plan? Why not try this southern-inspired Easy Red Beans and Rice dish. Made with Minute® Instant White Rice, smoked sausage, chili powder and more, this dish delivers loads of flavor in just 20 minutes.

    Step 1

  • Cook sausage in a large, nonstick skillet on medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

    Step 2

  • Add beans, tomatoes and chili powder and mix well. Stir in water and bring to a boil.

    Step 3

  • Stir in rice and cheese and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, or until water is almost absorbed. Stir until cheese is completely melted.

Quick and Hearty Classic

This classic, Louisiana-inspired Easy Red Beans and Rice dish is perfect for a quick meal. Made with ingredients you can keep on hand, you’ll be ready to make it anytime the craving for southern cooking hits. It’s easy to put together with Minute® Instant White Rice, smoked turkey sausage, kidney beans, tomatoes, green chilies, chili powder and, of course, melty cheese! In under 30 minutes, you’ll have a mouth-watering, chili-like meal that is perfect to feed a crowd.

Your choice of sausage is a defining factor in this recipe. While we recommend turkey, any smoked sausage you like will do, whether it be pork, andouille or your favorite vegetarian option. A smoked sausage with more spices and other ingredients will add even more flavor to this dish.

To complete this southern-style menu, remember that this recipe goes great with a slice of cornbread or even some Quinoa and Sausage Breakfast Muffins or an Egg Fried Brown Rice stir-fry!

Picky Eaters

For extra crunch, take a handful of your favorite corn chips and crush them over the top of your plate for a DIY crispy touch. If you’ve got picky eaters at home, buy scoop-shaped chips and offer them in lieu of a spoon! Kids (and adults!) will have fun scooping up these hearty, tasty red beans and rice.

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