Mama Millie's Spicy Red Beans & Rice

Millie Johnson


I love all kind of cuisines, but Cajun and Mexican has got to be my all time favorites. Next to Seafood Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice is tops on my list. This is my made from scratch recipe that we absolutely love ! It's spicy, but you can tone it down by reducing the spices in it to suit your tastes. We like it spicy, hence the name. lol
This feeds a crowd so for smaller families you may want to half the recipe. I usually can or freeze any leftovers for future meals, since it's just me and the hubs and I can't seem to make a meal for just two people to save my life. haha


★★★★★ 2 votes

6 people at least
10 Min
4 Hr
Stove Top



  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 1 medium
    bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    bacon grease * may use butter or oil
  • 2 lb
    andouille sausage
  • 1 1/2 lb
    dry kidney beans
  • 1 large
    bay leaves, dried
  • 2 Tbsp
    cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes *may omit or reduce to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper * may omit or reduce to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    powdered roasted garlic * regular garlic powder is fine, too
  • 4-5 qt
  • ·
    salt & pepper to taste
  • ·
    1/4 cup water and 2 tbsp corn starch * optional
  • RICE

  • 3 c
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp

How to Make Mama Millie's Spicy Red Beans & Rice


  1. Sort through beans to remove the bad ones and any tiny rocks or debris.
  2. Put sorted beans into a colander and hold under the faucet and wash beans thoroughly with cold water. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot (at least a 6 quart) and add 2 tbsp. bacon grease (or oil) then add diced onion and bell pepper. Sautee till onions are translucent then remove from pot.
  4. While onions & peppers are sautéing cut up sausage. I like to cut in half lengthwise then slice.
  5. Add 1 tbsp. bacon grease to pot then the sausage. Fry on med heat for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add bay leaf, stir for a few seconds then add water, the sautéed pepper & onion, beans and the spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring every so often. You want the beans to be soft. If you need to add more water, do so. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed before serving.
    * Remove bay leaf before serving.
  7. Once beans are done, if the bean juice is too thin just bring beans back up to a fast boil. In a small bowl add 1/4 cup cold water with about 2 tbsp. cornstarch stirred into it and poured this slurry into the boiling beans while stirring. Boil for 20 seconds and turn off heat.
  8. Rice
    In medium pot add 3 cups water, the salt and butter. Bring to a boil then add 1 1/2 cups rice and return to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook times vary with rice so follow directions on package. Mine cooks for 20 minutes then I turn heat off and leave covered for 5 minutes. fluff rice. Put 1/2 cup rice in bowl then add the beans and enjoy !

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About Mama Millie's Spicy Red Beans & Rice

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free
Other Tag: Heirloom

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