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All-Day Red Beans & Rice

My family loves New Orleans-style cooking, so I make this authentic dish often. I appreciate how uncomplicated it is. And its smoky ham flavor is scrumptious. —Celinda Dahlgren, Napa, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 8-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup dried red beans
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice


  • Sort beans and rinse in cold water. Place beans in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add 4 cups water; cover and let stand overnight.
  • Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to slow cooker; add the ham hocks, onion, garlic, cumin and remaining water. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.
  • Remove ham hocks; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones. Finely chop meat and return to slow cooker; discard bones. Stir in the tomato, pepper and salt; cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until pepper is tender. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled bean mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 bean mixture with 2/3 cup rice: 297 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 12g fiber), 17g protein

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  • Helga-Mom
    Jun 6, 2014

    The best ever

  • lolohiser
    Dec 23, 2013

    This was pretty good! Jimmy said that kielbasa would really be good. I said next time I made it - and there will be a next time - I would make a few more kicks because I like it spicier!!

  • apschwartz
    Jul 13, 2013

    Good, but needs more flavoring. The hamhocks had less than a TBS of real 'meat'; mostly just fat and gristle. Perhaps a hambone would work better. My husband and I never add extra salt to our food, but we both had to add both salt and pepper to this. Hearty and satisfying so worth trying again!

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    Apr 13, 2013

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    Sep 23, 2012

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  • Twist_Shriek
    Feb 18, 2012

    This came out really, really well.

  • Darrelyn
    Jan 29, 2011

    We loved this recipe! It is so easy to make and very tasty. I did not have a fresh tomato so I used can diced tomatoe without the juice. We did add hot sauce to spice it up some. This was even better for leftovers the next day. This is a must to try!!

  • Kris Countryman
    Oct 16, 2010

    I made this as the recipe suggested except that I used extra ham hocks. I liked it a lot. My husband didn't care for it.