Red Beans and Rice

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Recipe for Red Beans and Rice. You can count on always finding Red Beans and Rice as the Monday afternoon lunch special in Gulf Coast towns throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas, it's traditional.


  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 3 1/2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt, pepper and hot sauce (preferably Tabasco) to taste
  • 2 cups steamed rice


  1. Wash, sort and soak beans overnight, as per package instructions.
  2. Drain beans and place in a Dutch Oven with 3 cups cold water. Add garlic, celery, onion, bay leaves and oil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, adding water as needed and stirring occasionally. Add sausage and parsley and continue cooking for about an hour. Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste during the entire process. Serve over steamed rice.