Prep Time
20 Mins
Soak Time
8 Hours
Cook Time
3 Hours
Makes 8 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse and sort beans according to package directions. Place beans in a Dutch oven; cover with water 2 inches above beans, and let soak 8 hours. Drain beans, and rinse thoroughly; drain and set aside.

Step 2

Cut smoked sausage into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Step 3

Sauté sausage in hot oil in Dutch oven over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes or until sausage is golden brown. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. (Store sausage in refrigerator until you're ready to stir into bean mixture.) Add celery and next 3 ingredients to hot drippings, and sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 7 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in beans, broth, and next 5 ingredients; increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Boil 10 minutes; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender. Stir in sausage, and simmer 30 more minutes. Serve over hot cooked rice. Garnish, if desired.

Step 5

Note: For quick soaking, place kidney beans in a Dutch oven; cover with water 2 inches above beans, and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 1 hour. Drain as directed, and proceed with recipe. For testing purposes only, we used Conecuh Original Smoked Sausage, which is spicy.

The Dinner Bell Restaurant, McComb, Mississippi

Ratings & Reviews

Trushsmom1's Review

November 14, 2013

Dominogurlz's Review

May 13, 2011
There are nicer ways to critique a recipe. Rudeness (Yuck..really?) is not becoming. Pointing out what you would do differently is fine, being mean is simply uncalled for.

Melodae's Review

March 07, 2011
Cajun Red Beans and Rice does NOT use kidney beans. This is so wrong.

47kitten's Review

February 28, 2011
Good basic recipe. However, I am from Louisiana, and I would never add tomatoes to a Red Beans and rice dish. I also prefer to use small red beans, not the huge kidney bean.

foxdox's Review

January 29, 2011
My friend made this and invited me to join her. It was very good, but it would have been excellent if she had used small red beans instead or kidney beans.

LibrarianLisa's Review

October 16, 2010
I made this recipe for my family adding twice as much pepper as called for and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne--every one in my family RAVED about it. We had it again for lunch, and I believe it's even better the second day! This is a really good recipe--very yummy.

DonnaFlaim's Review

March 02, 2009
I made this for FAT TUESDAY this year and I though it was good. Although I added a few ingredients to spice it up. Like Hot sauce. It was also great as a left over the next day!

terry311's Review

February 18, 2009
I actually have not made this recipe, and I never will. I am from NOLA, & believe me, no one from there puts tomatoes in their red beans. And the sauce should be a thick, red, creamy sauce (from smashing the beans on the side of the pot when you stir), they should not look like this picture. YUCK!