Louisiana Red Beans and Rice Recipe
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Louisiana Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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Smoked turkey sausage and red pepper flakes add zip to this saucy, slow-cooked version of the New Orleans classic. For extra heat, add red pepper sauce at the table. —Julia Bushree, Georgetown, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice): 291 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 1070mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 13g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir before serving. Remove bay leaf. Serve with green onions and rice.
    Freeze option: Discard bay leaf and freeze cooled bean mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve as directed.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Louisiana Red Beans and Rice in Taste of Home August/September 2010, p59

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scotland1 User ID: 1426757 240718
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Good. I omitted the green peppers, sweet red peppers and the crushed red peppers.

Tasted very good. This is a keeper for me."

pschube User ID: 2658481 211941
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"I added 1 1/2 tsp creole seasoning and used 1 can each kidney beans, black beans and great northern beans. Served with garlic mashed potatoes instead of rice. Nice dinner."

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 175202
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"It was tasty, but I made a few changes: 3 cans of beans instead of 4, 1 extra pepper, and added about a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning for extra flavor."

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 191275
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I used regular sausage"

TheDix User ID: 607421 107341
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"This is delicious! I could only find smoked pork sausage. Wonderful blend of flavors."

robbinthornton User ID: 3362574 130510
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"Big hit with whole family. Saute'd vegetables and decreased cooking time to 4 hours. Tossed in some fresh parsley and thyme...yum!"

kobenkyla User ID: 5852491 111042
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"My family loves this dish. I serve it over brown rice to make it a little more healthy and because white rice seems to soft. it gets mushy."

dpie06 User ID: 4474330 107338
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"great dinner. Its a comforting dish."

kzreese User ID: 3737037 179657
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"Received major compliments from my husband his friends. Very hearty. Start this in the morning before I leave for work and come home to dinner. Love this recipe."

sue_242 User ID: 162815 175201
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"believe it or not, people in Louisiana do NOT put tomatoes in red beans or gumbo!"

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