Quick Red Beans & Rice

My family loves Red Beans & Rice. Although I did not grow up the south with anyone teaching me the traditional recipe, I have played around with a super quick version that my family loves.  I have been playing around with di&#38fferent "Quick" versions and finally came up with two that my family say are keepers!

Today I have two versions for you. One with a thin sauce that soaks into the rice, the other a thicker sauce, more reminiscent of the Popeyes Version.

In the thin recipe I featured Kielbasa and in the thick version I used 3  Grilled Brat's left over from our Super Bowl party.

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Quick Red Beans & Rice 
serves 4

  • 2 (15 oz. ea) cans chili seasoned beans
  • 1 lb. Kielbasa or smoked sausage
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning (This is about med. in heat. use less for mild, more for spicier)
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • For Thin Sauce: 2/3 cup water

Directions For Thin Sauce:

  • Open both cans of beans. Drain only one can of beans, leaving the other can with all it's chili sauce.
  • In medium sauce pan over medium heat combine both cans of beans, water and cajun seasoning.
  • Dice Kielbasa.
  • Add Kielbasa to saucepan and stir well to mix.
  • Turn heat to simmer while cooking rice.
  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Serve Red Beans over Rice.

Directions for Thick Sauce:

  • Open both cans of beans.
  • Pour both cans (don't drain them) into a medium sauce pan.
  • Scoop out 1 cup of beans from pan and run through a food processor or blender till thick (like refried beans)
  • Mix the blended beans back into the sauce pan.
  • Stir in desired amount of Cajun seasoning. (2 tsp.  is way enough kick for my spicy loving boys!)
  • Stir in diced sausage
  • Simmer over low heat till warm and bubbly.
  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Serve Red beans over the rice.


  1. I cut up an onion and saute it in a little bit of oil, then add the cut up kielbasa, then dump an undrained can of kidney beans into it and serve the whole thing over rice. One of Chad's favorite meals. :-)

    1. So easy, yet so yummy! Those are the best kind of meals!

  2. Pinning your recipe! =)
    Stopping by from "Thursday Favorite Things"!

  3. what brand of chii beans do you use?

    1. Robin, I have not been very loyal to one brand, but am finding a HUGE difference in the taste/quality of the chili sauce from the generic store brands to the national brands. This last batch was a Bush's Chili Bean, but I sure am open to suggestions for a good tasting brand or off brand!


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