Cajun Red Beans and Rice

Cajun Red Beans and RiceRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

Prechopped vegetables and canned beans keep this version of red beans and rice simple yet satisfying. Because this recipe begins with oil-sautéed aromatics, it contains more grams of fat per serving than its boxed counterpart—but the calories and sodium are significantly lower, and the taste is terrific.


5 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup bean mixture and about 3/4 cup rice)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 336
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 8.4 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 5.1 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 12.7 g
Carbohydrate 51.6 g
Fiber 5.9 g
Cholesterol 36 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 698 mg
Calcium 90 mg


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (3-ounce) chicken andouille sausage links, chopped
1 (8-ounce) container prechopped onion, bell pepper, and celery mix
1 1/2 teaspoons salt-free Cajun seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (15-ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup water
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups hot cooked long-grain rice


1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onion mix to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add Cajun seasoning, salt, oregano, and garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Partially mash beans with a fork. Add beans, 1/4 cup water, and tomatoes to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in pepper. Serve over rice.