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Southern Red Beans & Rice

Southern Red Beans & Rice
Southern Red Beans & Rice

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I am a true Louisiana boy and I can honestly say that I grew up eating red beans and rice on the regular. I had the opportunity to live with two grandmothers that made this dish constantly and even though they had their own spin, it was delicious in either home.

Southern Red Beans & Rice
Red beans after soaking for several hours

The origin of these beans comes from the Peru region, but growing up in Louisiana I was sold on the idea that my grandmothers were the original creators based on how good they were. 🙂

Southern Red Beans & Rice
Serving red beans family style

This Southern Red Beans & Rice recipe is a mixture of the two versions of red beans recipes I grew up enjoying. To put my spin on it, I decided to add some Caribbean spices and coconut milk. The coconut milk brings a wonderful velvet texture to the resulting broth.

I don’t currently eat pork, but I grew up with red beans that incorporated ham hocks for added saltiness. Now I’ve replaced that with beef sausage to bring this recipe full circle.

Southern Red Beans & Rice
Southern Red Beans & Rice

If you need a good southern Louisiana recipe to satisfy the family for dinner give the Southern Red Beans & Rice a try and you will look forward to eating leftovers for days. Enjoy!

Southern Red Beans & Rice

Southern Red Beans & Rice This Southern Red Beans & Rice recipe is a mixture of the two versions of red beans recipes I grew up enjoying. To put my spin on it, I decided to add some Caribbean spices and coconut milk. Print This
Serves: 10 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 569 calories 18.7g fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 8 voted )


  • 32 oz. Small Red Beans
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Celery
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Green Pepper
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Green Onion
  • 2 tbsp. Parsley
  • 26 oz. Beef Sausage
  • 27 oz. Reduced Fat Coconut Milk
  • 3 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 2 Whole Bay Leaves
  • 1 tbsp. Ground All Spice
  • 1 tbsp. Ground Thyme
  • 1 tbsp. White Pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper
  • 3 tbsp. Butter


  1. Begin by soaking the red beans in a large bowl of water for 8 hours then remove from water.
  2. In a large cooking pot, pre-heat to medium heat and add butter. Add minced garlic, chopped yellow onion, celery, green pepper, parsley and green onion to pot and cook for 10 minutes. Add paprika, ground all spice, ground cumin, ground thyme and bay leaves then cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Slice the beef sausage then set to the side.
  4. Add red beans, chicken broth and coconut milk then bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil reduce heat to medium heat and cook covered for 30 minutes. Add beef sausage, red pepper, white pepper and sea salt then stir and cook for 30 more minutes.
  5. Cook rice according to cooking instructions then set to side.
  6. Once the red beans are done cooking allow to cool then serve.


Soaking the red beans prior to cooking significantly reduces the cook time.

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Zahra July 18, 2018 at 11:38 am

Comfort food is the best, especially when it’s something from your childhood. This looks like a fab family dish. Thank you for sharing.

Eric July 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Thank you Zahra! I appreciate it.

Caroline July 18, 2018 at 9:32 pm

These look so comforting, and I like the added creaminess from the coconut milk. Yum!

Eric July 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Thanks a lot Caroline! That definitely helps with the flavor.

Amanda July 19, 2018 at 9:10 am

Love the addition of coconut milk! I’m vegetarian and I would omit the meat and use vegetable broth instead. Sounds super yummy!

Eric July 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Thanks Amanda! That sounds like a pretty good alternative.

Tristin Rieken July 19, 2018 at 11:29 am

I’m always so intrigued by southern dishes and never having my own ‘red beans and rice cooking grammies’ as a northern girl I am so happy I found this! I always have beef rope sausage on hand and loved the addition of coconut milk. So good!

Eric July 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Thanks a lot Tristin! I’m glad I can help. I think that beef option is a good one as well.

Syama July 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm

The other day we were at a southern restaurant . they had something similar on the menu – a vegetarian option though. Do you think stew meat (beef/lamb) will be a good substitute for sausage ? .

Eric July 22, 2018 at 9:35 am

Hello Syama. I have never tried to use lamb but I’m sure with additional seasonings to bring more saltiness that may be needed. I may give this a try myself.

Chamonix September 9, 2018 at 9:23 am

Love your recipes! Quick the following 3 cups of each or 3 cups as a combination?
3 cups of Chopped Yellow Onion, Celery, Green Pepper, Parsley and Green Onion
Thank you!

Eric September 9, 2018 at 10:47 am

Hello Chamonix! First off, thank you. For these ingredients I typically used a pre-prepared freshly chopped creole seasoning mix/blend. However, if your local grocer does not have this blend, you can use 3/4 cup Chopped Yellow Onion, 3/4 cup Chopped Celery, 3/4 cup Chopped Green Pepper, 3/4 cup Chopped Green Onion, & 2 tbsp. Parsley. Enjoy!

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