How to Make Cajun Red Beans & Rice

Get the original taste of New Orleans by cooking up some authentic red beans and rice. It's sure to bring out your inner Cajun!

You will need

  • 1 lb. dried red beans
  • 3 tbsp. bacon grease
  • 1/4 c. tasso or ham
  • chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. yellow onion
  • 3/4 c. celery
  • 3/4 c. green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1/2 lb. smoked sausage
  • 1 lb. smoked ham hocks
  • 3 tbsp. garlic
  • 10 c. chicken stock
  • 4 c. cooked white rice
  • 1/4 c. green onion
  • Equipment:
  • Very large stock pot
  • Traditional ham (optional)
  • 1/4 c. water (optional)

Step 1 Soak beans Place the beans into a pot and cover with water. Let them soak for at least eight hours and then drain. Set aside for later.

Step 2 Heat grease and tasso Heat the bacon grease in a very large stockpot. Add the tasso or ham and stir constantly for one minute.

Step 3 Add the veggies and season Add the onions, celery, and bell pepper to the pot. Season with the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir constantly until the vegetables are soft.

Step 4 Add spices, hocks, and sausage Add the bay leaves, parsley, thyme, sausage, and ham hocks to the pot. Stir until the sausage and hocks are browned.

Step 5 Add garlic Stir in the garlic and allow to cook for one minute.

Step 6 Add beans and stock Pour the beans and chicken stock into the pot and bring to a boil.

Step 7 Reduce heat and simmer Reduce the heat on the pot and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for two hours or until it is thickened and the beans are tender. Stir every 20 minutes.

Step 8 Mash beans Remove the pot from heat and mash about one quarter of the beans against the side of the pot with a spoon.

Step 9 Return to heat Return the pot to the burner and cook another 15 to 20 minutes, or until thick and creamy. Remove from heat and take out the bay leaves.

Step 10 Spoon over rice and garnish Spoon 1 cup rice into a bowl, spoon the red bean mixture over the rice, and garnish with green onions. Yell “Laissez le bon temps rouler!” and dig in.