Hearty Red Beans & Rice Recipe
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Hearty Red Beans & Rice Recipe

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My husband loves this quick and filling entree. The entire family will gobble this one right up! —Sherri Miller, Greencastle, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup sausage mixture with 1/2 cup rice equals 403 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 1,031 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add beans, soup, salsa and Italian seasoning; heat through. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Cool and place in a freezer container; freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator. Transfer to a large saucepan; heat through. Serve with rice.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Red Beans & Rice in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p66

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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flyingmangos User ID: 1591721 221454
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"Very quick, hearty and delicious! I used chili beans (pinto beans in chili sauce) undrained and also added a bit of cajun seasoning for an extra kick. It was a hit with the growing boys in my house!"

Jean Peterson User ID: 1050263 179824
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"My husband and I are trying to get more beans in our diet and this is a delicious recipe to do that. I increased the salsa by about 1/2 cup and added some chopped cilantro. I will definitely be making this again."

Summy User ID: 1386846 210669
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"This was actually quite good, even though I goofed...I used turkey breakfast sausage which had sage in it, and it tasted kind of strange at first. I also made my own red beans (just dump dry red beans into the crockpot, cover with water, and cook on low all day pre-soaking necessary..and this also eliminates the salt that is in the canned beans). I didn't use pinto beans at all. I only had red pepper, and used that. It sat in the fridge for a couple of days before I finally had a bowl (without rice), and it's so yummy I can't stop eating it. I added a little Sambal Olek (super hot chili paste) to it today, and it was even better. I'll definitely make this one again."

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 181194
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"Haven't tried it; think my fellowship would like it. My two cents: tready2 means the tomato soup is responsible for the high sodium content. If you can buy Trader Joe's organic creamy tomato soup, substitute that for the condensed variety, so you'll be avoiding corn syrup, or you could make your own, which I haven't attempted but have pondered."

tready2 User ID: 2509701 182000
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"All the salt can be found in all the canned beans and the tomato sauce. We cook our red beans from scratch, using dried beans.. That way we can control all the salt. Quite easy, but maybe not for the ones that do not have the time. However, you could use a slow cooker, and do it overnight. Just a suggestion. Good luck with all the salt."

billingslunchlady User ID: 3641874 98754
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"This sounds delicious but where does all the salt come in? Too much!"

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 181193
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"great recipe loved the flavor will be making it again . family really enjoyed it ."

JaymieNel User ID: 6551006 165370
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"So easy and filling! My husband loved it"

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 181191
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Very good!! Quick and easy!!"

Joanna07 User ID: 2831179 167524
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"Overall, this recipe is great! I omitted the meat, and kicked up the seasoning. The dish IS hearty, and will totally be added to me recipe box."

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