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
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 mins
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.


Creole Flavor 

Enjoy a bit of true southern comfort with this hearty red beans and rice dish made with typical creole flavors like Cajun seasoning, green pepper, onion, beans and hot sauce for a kick. 

All of the bold flavors of this dish are infused into the white rice to create a mouthful of flavor in every bite. The key is to create a base of chopped pepper and onion sautéed to perfection in butter combined with the beef broth, red kidney beans and seasonings. Bring everything to a boil, add the rice and let it simmer and absorb all of that flavor! 

Southern Meal

Serve this dish as a side to accompany some home-cooked Kickin’ Jambalaya or barbecued pulled pork, iced tea and a bit of cornbread for a southern meal to enjoy all together.

If you want to add a bit of protein and flavor, top with cooked and sliced bacon strips or smoked sausage.

Although we suggest using beef broth for the best flavor, feel free to use vegetable broth to make this dish completely vegetarian for your next meatless Monday side dish.