Cajun Beans and Rice

Susan Din


I learned how to cook this dish when I lived in New Orleans many years ago. Its inexpensive, and couldn't be easier-just chop, drop and boil!
Personalize it as you want, variying the type of seasoning meat and even the type of beans used.
You also have the option of having a brothy consistancy like soup, or taking it all the way to the more traditional thicker creamy gravy.
This dish freezes very well!


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
2 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    dry beans(sm red, kidney, or pinto)
  • 2 large
    yellow onions
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    chopped garlic
  • 3 large
    celery stalks
  • 1 c
    1 lg bell pepper - green, red - combo
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp
    bottled hot sauce - or to taste
  • 4 qt
    water - 16 cups
  • 1 Tbsp
    thyme, dried
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp
    parsley, dried
  • 1 small
    bay leaf
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 12-16 oz
    smoked sausage
  • 1-3
    optional - 1 whole smoked ham hock, or 3-4 pieces smoked ham ends

How to Make Cajun Beans and Rice


  1. To shorten cooking time, you can soak your beans 6-10 hours ahead. Drain and rinse then proceed.
  2. Place beans in a soup/stock pot and add water. Place over high heat and begin to prep other ingredients.
  3. Chop celery, onion, garlic, and peppers, adding to pot.
    Add all remaining ingredients except smoked sausage.
  4. During the cooking process, add water as needed to ensure a fairly loose boil.
    Cook at a low boil for 1 1/2 hours, and check the beans for tenderness. Add smoked sausage and
    continue cooking till beans are completely tender.
  5. At this point the pot can be thickened or left more soup like.
    To thicken, remove some of the beans from the pot, mash them with a potato masher and return to the pot. In addition, you can increase the heat and reduce by boiling rapidly for several minutes.
    Adjust seasoning if needed and serve over hot white rice.

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About Cajun Beans and Rice

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Other Tag: For Kids

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