Easy Red Beans and Rice

You will love this southern favorite Easy Red Beans and Rice recipe. If you’ve never tried making red beans and rice on your own, this recipe will deliver all of the flavors and seasonings you love and need to make it taste authentic. Use turkey sausage to make this savory, hearty dish a little bit healthier.

Easy Red Beans and Rice

3.8 from 4 votes

The enticing aroma of southern flavors filled my kitchen as I embarked on my culinary journey to make Easy Red Beans and Rice. The promise of a hearty and savory dish, packed with all the authentic flavors and seasonings, was enough to make my taste buds tingle with anticipation. Using turkey sausage in this recipe not only added a healthier twist but also ensured that I could enjoy this beloved southern favorite guilt-free.


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup uncooked rice

  • 1 (16 ounce) package turkey kielbasa, cut diagonally into 1/4 inch slices

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 clove chopped garlic

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans canned kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • salt to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • In a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes. Stir in onion, green pepper and garlic; saute until tender. Pour in beans and tomatoes with juice. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Serve over rice.

Following the recipe, I gathered all the necessary ingredients, including the red beans, rice, and flavorful seasonings. As I prepared the dish, the kitchen became a hub of activity, with the tantalizing scents of onions, garlic, and spices wafting through the air.

Sautéing the turkey sausage brought a delightful aroma, filling the kitchen with savory notes. The combination of the smoky sausage and the aromatic vegetables created a harmonious base for the dish, promising layers of flavors that would develop as the dish simmered.

Adding the red beans to the pot, I could already envision the creamy texture they would impart to the dish. With each stir, the flavors mingled, creating a symphony of tastes that transported me to the heart of the South.

As the dish simmered on the stovetop, I eagerly awaited the moment when the rice would be cooked to perfection, ready to absorb all the flavors from the red beans and sausage. The anticipation grew with each passing minute, and my taste buds yearned for the moment when I could finally indulge in this southern delight.

Finally, the time came to serve the Easy Red Beans and Rice. The rich, hearty dish was a sight to behold, with the vibrant red beans and tender rice intermingling, showcasing the perfect balance of textures. Each spoonful was a revelation, bursting with flavors that danced on my palate. The smoky turkey sausage provided a savory depth, while the blend of seasonings added a touch of warmth and complexity.

With each bite, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of satisfaction and contentment. This Easy Red Beans and Rice recipe had captured the essence of a southern favorite, delivering all the flavors and aromas I had hoped for. It was a comforting and satisfying meal that transported me to the heart of the South, even if just for a moment.

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