Cajun Rice and Beans

This recipe has been in my repertoire for almost 15 years.  It came from a friend’s mom and it is one of my favorite dishes to make.  It’s easy,versatile,  flavorful and really inexpensive.   You can really use any beans you want, any meat you have on hand and add heat or not.  I usually use pinto beans and some kind of spicy sausage.  In the picture I used a spicy chicken sausage, but I’ve also used Italian sausage, andouille sausage or even just ham.  I rarely put in green onions and never green onions but I left them in the recipe in case you want to put them in! This is a great recipe to clean out the pantry or fridge.

Cajun Rice and Beans
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  • 48 ounces pinto beans
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mince garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasonings
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon (or more) hot red pepper sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broths
  • 1 pound sausage (cut in to 1" pieces), ham, etc
  • 6-8 cups cooked long grain rice
  1. In a large pot, melt butter.
  2. Cook onion, green onion, green pepper and garlic, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth, beans, Cajun seasonings, Bay leaves, basil, hot pepper sauce and sausage.
  4. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. At the end of the cooking time, mash some of the beans to form a thicker sauce.
  6. Serve over rice.



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