Red Beans and Rice

Enjoy traditional Louisiana Creole cuisine any night of the week with this simple and delicious red beans and rice dish.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • hot pepper sauce (optional)


  • In just 4 simple steps you can enjoy this Red Beans and Rice dish made with sautéed green pepper and onion, red kidney beans, white rice and Cajun seasoning simmered in beef broth.

    Step 1

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onions; cook and stir until crisp-tender.

    Step 2

  • Add beans, broth and seasoning; stir. Bring to a boil.

    Step 3

  • Stir in rice and cover. Remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Serve with pepper sauce, if using.

    Recipe Tip

    To turn this dish into a quick, complete meal, add 2 cups of diced ham or cooked sausage at the same time as the broth.


How to Make Red Beans and Rice

All of the bold flavors of this dish are infused into the white rice to make each bite full of flavor. However, the key to making this simplified version is to start with a base of chopped green bell pepper, celery and onion (the classic “trinity”)that are sautéed to perfection in butter. Next, combined with the beef broth, red kidney beans and seasonings, the white rice soaks up all of that goodness.

The best beans to use: When it comes to choosing beans, we suggest using canned red kidney beans for best results! However, other cooked beans can be substituted in like pinto beans, black beans or white beans.

The best rice to use: We suggest using a long grain white rice, like Minute® White Rice, which cooks up in just a few minutes making for a simpler and quicker meal with the same delicious taste! You can also use a more aromatic variety such as Jasmine Rice instead. If you would like to use whole grain Brown Rice, just make sure to adjust the liquid amounts and cooking time according to the package as it won’t cook the same as white rice.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

This recipe can also be made in an Instant Pot if desired. Just make sure to start with the sauté function in Step 1 and switch to cooking mode for only a few minutes when the broth and other ingredients are added in Step 2.

An Instant Pot can also come in handy if you choose to make your own beans using the dried variety.

Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice

Although we suggest using beef broth for the best flavor in this recipe, feel free to use vegetable broth to make this dish completely vegetarian! Traditionally this dish is made using meat or bones, however it works wonderfully as a meat free meal including a complete protein of beans and rice together. You can also take this dish one step further by using cooking oil in place of butter for a vegan version. Another great vegetarian option is our: eggplant parmesan recipes.

Cajun Red Beans and Rice

Enjoy a bit of true southern comfort with this hearty red beans and rice dish made with typical flavors like Cajun seasoning, green pepper, onion, beans and hot sauce for a kick. You don’t have to be a chef to make great tasting meals, with Minute® Rice anyone can make something tasty in no time!

For another simple Cajun dinner recipe try this Shrimp Boil Rice to add to your table.

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Did you know authentic red beans and rice was originally part of New Orleans cooking in Louisiana? That’s right, alongside fluffy beignets, Shrimp Jambalaya and Louisiana Gumbo, this dish is a southern classic. This easy version makes a great addition to a Mardi Gras party at home without the hassle!

Southern Red Beans and Rice

While it was originally cooked in Louisiana, nowadays it has become a staple in Southern cooking throughout different states. Serve this dish as a side to accompany some home-cooked or barbecued pulled pork, iced tea and a bit of cornbread for a southern meal to enjoy all together.

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

To turn this dish into a quick meal with added meat, add 2 cups of diced ham or cooked sausage at the same time as the broth. Or, at the end top with cooked and sliced bacon strips or smoked Andouille sausage.

Or, try another one of our favorite southern Easy Red Beans and Rice Recipes made with turkey sausage, kidney beans, white rice, tomatoes, chili powder and a bit of cheese.

Puerto Rican Red Beans and Rice

This classic duo of beans and rice is common throughout many cuisines, especially in Latin American countries like Puerto Rico where it is referred to as Habichuelas Guisadas, or stewed beans. The southern version commonly starts with a base of onion, celery and pepper where this version uses a base called a sofrito with green peppers, onions, ají, garlic, cilantro and more! It sometimes even calls for olives and potatoes to add a special local touch.

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