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Cajun rice and beans is an easy one pot meal.  A sauce of beans and Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage is served over a bed of rice for a filling and delicious meal.

I've been making this beans and rice recipe for well over 15 years.  It was given to me by a friend's mom right after I had graduated from college.  She had made it for us for dinner one cold Michigan night and it was a pot full of yummy goodness.  It's one of the most filling, tasty and economical recipes in my repetoire.

The ingredients for cajun rice and beans are pretty basic. You need rice and beans, of course, along with onions, peppers, garlic, chicken broth and a few spices.  The recipe also calls for sausage to add a little meat.

For this batch I used Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage. Butterball turkey sausage is 100% turkey and has 60% less fat than pork or beef sausage.  I've been switching over to more turkey products and I was curious if anyone would notice the difference, but not one person did.  I was able to make the dish a little more lean without sacrificing taste.  You can print off some Butterball coupons, too, to help make the dish even more economical.

This is a pretty quick meal to put together. You basically cook your veggies until soft, brown the sausage a little and then let everything stew for 30-45 minutes. Serve over white or brown rice or even quinoa. You can adjust the hot sauce and cajun seasonings to taste to make the dish spicy or not.

Cajun Rice and Beans

Serves 6     adjust servings

Preparation 5 min
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1:05


  • 4, 15 ounce cans of pinto beans
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (green, red, yellow, or orange)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or more) hot red pepper sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broths
  • 1-2 pound Butterball dinner sausage, cut in to 1" pieces
  • 6-8 cups cooked long grain rice


  1. Melt the butter in a large stock pot.
  2. Saute onion, green onion, pepper and garlic, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add sausage and allow to brown, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, beans, Cajun seasonings, Bay leaves, basil, and hot pepper sauce.
  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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1505kcal Calories from fat 381
% Daily Value
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 1822mg 76%
Carbohydrate 228g 76%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 8g
Protein 50g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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3 comments on “Cajun Rice and Beans

  1. Thanks Camille for the nice recipe. Have a Great Day and Week!

  2. Yummy and so economical. Thanks for sharing your awesome recipe.
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