Red beans and rice is a classic New Orleans dish, served piping hot and sometimes with Kielbasa. And in this recipe, there is no need to soak the beans!
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Sidenote: Marjorie has some great recipes, so be sure and check her out!
Back to salivating… I LOVE the way our house smells when we use our crockpot. It reminds me of football and cooler weather, which matches really well with this recipe, too.
Tips for Cooking Red Beans and Rice
Cooking red beans and rice in the crockpot is a piece of cake! Dump all ingredients into the pot (except the rice), put on low and you have dinner ready when you get home from work!
A tip Marjorie suggested was to mash up the beans in the crockpot before serving. This should really be more like a golden rule if you like your red beans and rice thick – it makes a ton of difference in the texture and consistency. All you need is a potato masher, and mash around here and there until you reach your desired consistency!
Also, when you are ready to thin out the leftovers, vegetable or chicken broth works great to loosen everything back up.
I cook this dish in the crockpot to 1. Serve as a deliciously, mouth-watering air freshener, and 2. Because I believe dishes like these taste so good when simmered all day long.
Whether you are putting this dish on to serve a crowd during a football game or feeding your family for the week, you can’t go wrong. And, just like the quote from Steel Magnolias, “…it’s in the ‘freezes beautifully’ section of my cookbook. I wanna take somethin’ that freezes beautifully.”
Tools for Cooking Red Beans and Rice
Here are the tools I used for cooking red beans and rice:
Crockpot Red Beans and Rice
Crockpot Red Beans and Rice is great to feed a crowd or just your family.
- 1 Medium Onion diced
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 pound Dry Kidney (red) Beans
- 1 tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce
- 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme dried
- 2 Dried Bay leaves
- 7 cups Vegetable or Chicken broth
- 1 pound Kielbasa sausage thinly sliced
- 10 cups cooked white or brown rice
Melt butter over medium heat. Dice and sautee onion until translucent.
Combine all ingredients (except for rice) to the crockpot and stir.
Cook for 6-8 hours on high or 10 hours on high.
At the end of cooktime, prepare rice according to directions on package, and mash up beans (if desired).
Plate rice and top with bean mixture. Serve and enjoy!