Red Beans and Rice Recipe My Way

Thursday, August 20, 2020
No, I am not an expert on Red Beans and Rice in the South or how to make the amazing wonderful Latin recipes.

I am an expert on spicing up red beans and rice instantly in this easy Italian style recipe version!

This is something easy to make come out perfect and a great side for meat meals.

I have seen the prepackaged ones in the store and seriously, to me they're tasteless.

I like to make beans in a slow cooker overnight, then have them in the refrigerator during the week, make some fresh rice, and viola, a great side dish for any meal in no time.

This is a tasty simple side dish you can doctor up or leave plain.

My family loves this without all the additives but you can adapt it to anything you're accustomed to.

I will give some suggestions below of additions that I like myself.

Great meals that go great with this side dish is our Slow-Cooked Smoked Beef Brisket, it's so delicious and juicy!

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This is a dish of red beans and white in a white bowl

Beans Are Healthy!

I love beans of all kinds.

Beans have so many health benefits.

They're full of zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and many vitamins our body needs like B1, B6, E, and K.

Low in calories with just 245 calories per cup and red beans and pinto beans some of the most nutrient-dense foods around.

this is a white casserole of rice and red beans

Ingredients You Will Need

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  • red beans or pinto beans canned or dried cooked (or substitute your favorite kind)
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • cooked rice to package instructions
  • chili powder
  • olive oil
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

this is rice and red beans

Cook the Beans If Using Dry

Using dry red beans or any kind of beans?

No problem, either boil them until soft to package instructions, soak overnight in a bowl or my favorite way is to add them to a slow cooker in water overnight.

Canned is the easiest since they are ready to combine with just by heating them up, I always like to rinse off all the salt first before using them.

Dry beans stay a bit firmer not mushy and when I have time I use dry beans.

this is a blue colander with red beans in it washed

Suggestion Additions

  • Mushrooms
  • Hot sliced peppers
  • Sliced olives
  • Fresh spinach
  • Shredded carrots
  • Minced onion
  • Any kinds of beans
  • Pasta instead of rice

Red beans with white rice in a white bowl

Use Any Beans You Like

So red beans aren't your favorite?

Use any kinds of beans, lentils, peas, lima beans, pigeon peas, chickpeas, 15 beans, cannellini beans, or any white beans.

Whatever you have in the pantry is fine, the rice and spices will make this dish awesome.

this is 15 beans being washed and rinsed in a small sliver colander

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this is a red beans and rice side dish in a white bowl

Other Favorite Recipes

Rosemary Baked Potatoes
Red cabbage Saute
Ricotta Twice Baked Potatoes
Microwaved Smashed Potatoes
Italian Crispy Roasted Potatoes
New York Salt Potatoes
Italian Potato Skins
Italian Scalloped Potatoes
Colcannon with Guinness Gravy
Zucchini Rollatini

Fast and Easy Ideas!

If you love red beans and rice or any beans with rice, try the basic recipe, add whatever you like and make a great side dish in minutes.

I love easy recipes like this and especially ones even the kids gobble up.

Perfect for potlucks, holiday side dishes, and anytime you need something quick.

You could even add cooked chicken and meats to the dish for a whole meal in itself!

this is cooked red beans

this is a recipe card for red rice and beans

Red Beans and Rice Recipe My Way

Yield: 8
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 35 M
This is the easiest side dish of red beans and rice you will ever make. I love this dish because it tastes great with any meats you make, especially my favorite with barbecue or any pork meal.


  • 2 cups red beans or pinto beans canned or dried cooked (or substitute your favorite kind)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups cooked rice to package instructions
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


How to cook Red Beans and Rice Recipe My Way

  1. Saute cooked beans in 1 tablespoon or more of olive oil with 1 teaspoon minced garlic around 1 minute.
  2.  Add the cooked rice to a bowl with bean mixture. 
  3. Toss with all seasonings, add the olive oil to the mixture blend together.
  4. Serve warm with your favorite barbecued meat.
  5. Barbecue Spare Ribs with Jack Daniels
  6. Barbecue Chicken Legs with Hot Sauce
  7. Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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Love Beans? Try These Recipes Below

3 bean Merlot Chili
Chicken and Spinach Bean Soup
Escarole Stoup Hearty Soup
Chicken Chickpeas in Sauce over pasta
Chicken Chili Cannellini Soup
String Bean  Beef Stew

this is a simple rice and red beans meal in a white bowl with a big spoon in it

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2020


  1. I like the mix of spices you used for this dish. Healthy and very appetizing :) Bye, have a good we

  2. I don't care if you are an expert these sound good to me. I will have to give these a try next time I make some sausage.

  3. Deliciously nutritiously loaded dish :) and... I bet the flavor SPICY is super warming.

  4. Looks good for an Italian Cajun :-)

  5. This is how I make mine and use it as the base for a burrito bowl adding grilled chicken, cheese and other fixings. Thanks for sharing I love your recipes!

  6. Sounds delicious! Since I love beans & rice, I will have to try this!

  7. This looks good :-) I adore beans, only wish they liked me too LOL...

  8. I have been looking for a red beans with recipe that is similar to what I had as a high school student in the school cafeteria. It was one of their best dishes and I don’t think they put Cajun spices in it. I’m a big fan of this recipe!

  9. Will this taste like CAJUN red beans and rice?

    1. similar but your would have to add cayenne pepper for heat or a little hot sauce


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