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Red Beans and Rice

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Author: Traci
This Red Beans and Rice is spicy, full of flavor, actually filling, and delicious! Truly the perfect meal to serve during the winter time or whenever you need a large bowl of comfort food. So. Good.


  • 12 ounces Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 4 cups diced onion
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 5 cups red kidney beans, drained and washed
  • 1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 3 large ham hocks
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 2 cups white rice, cooked according to package directions


  • In a 8 quart Dutch oven, brown sausage.
  • Add onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic.
  • Cook until onions are translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add beans, seasoning, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, chicken stock, and ham hocks.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove ham hocks and place on cutting board.
  • Remove and chop the meat.
  • Return the meat to the pot and stir in.
  • Season to taste with hot sauce.
  • Serve over prepared rice.


  • 4 cups diced onion = 2 large or 3 medium onions. 1 cup diced bell pepper = 1 large bell pepper. 1 cup diced celery = 3-4 stalks celery. 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic = 5-6 cloves. 5 cups kidney beans = 3 (16 oz) cans.
  • Make sure your canned beans are NOT flavored! You will also need to drain the liquid and wash the beans before using in this recipe.
  • If you can't find ham hocks, you can use any smoked and not sweet thick-sliced ham that you like.
  • You can make this recipe in your instant pot!
  • Be careful when taking the ham hocks out. They will be very hot!
  • This recipe freezes well.


Serving: 1 cup | Calories: 760kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 1223mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 6mg