Spicy Red Beans and Rice Recipe
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Spicy Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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I guess I'm one of those women "who have moved from the country in body but not in heart"! Although I'm an attorney in a large city, my parents are ranchers. And, since they once grew rice, that's a staple of my cooking. Because of my busy schedule, I like dishes like this that can be easily reheated throughout the week. This was actually a soup recipe when I first found it. I needed a side dish, however, so I simply reduced the amount of water.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound dry red kidney beans
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 large smoked ham hock
  • 2 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 90 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 711mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein .


  1. Sort and rinse beans. In a large Dutch oven or kettle, place all ingredients except parsley and rice. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, 3 to 4 hours or until beans are tender. Stir occasionally, adding water as needed to make a thick gravy. Just before serving, remove bay leaves and stir in parsley. Serve over rice. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Red Beans and Rice in Country Woman January/February 1992, p29

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Lowcalmama 26602
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"I have tried out several recipes lately, and this is BY FAR the best! We love it!!!"

deanne1954 12125
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"This recipe is so yummy and simple too. I will be making this for years to come. Thank you."

ChrisFromKent 11306
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"This is a great recipe. My preparation is easier - I put everything all at once in a crock pot and cooked it all day. PERFECT!"

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