Stovetop Red Beans and Rice

Need a One Pot meal to feed a crowd in less than an hour? This is it—“Easy” Stovetop Red Beans and Rice! Smoked sausage, onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and rice will undoubtedly please anyone!

I made this dish last night for my family, and it was a hit! Everything cooked in one pot and was fabulous! The onions, garlic, and celery sauteed together gave this dish so much flavor, and they blended wonderfully. And throw in a little creole seasoning… Well, I’ll just leave it at that.

Kidney Beans or Red Beans?

Now, before I get in trouble with some people–I know I am not using “true” red beans. Yes, I did use red kidney beans. Yes, they were just as good. Please feel free to use red beans in your dish if you so desire. This is my version of red beans and rice, and it was quite delicious!

Stovetop Red Beans & Rice
Stovetop Red Beans & Rice

I am known in my house for making one pot meals. Less to clean up later, right? I mean after spending an hour cooking who wants to spend another hour cleaning up? One pot dinners are definitely a win-win!

Fast and Easy Stovetop Red Beans and Rice 

Stovetop Red Beans and Rice takes under an hour to cook and tastes just like you fussed over it all day. This makes an easy and tasty weeknight dinner or will also feed a crowd on the weekend! We had enough leftovers from this meal to eat again later in the week. So easy to make and delicious to eat!

Ingredients Needed for Stovetop Red Beas and Rice

Don’t let this list of ingredients scare you away from making this dish. Most of these items are probably in your refrigerator or pantry.

*sliced smoked sausage (reserve 2 tablespoons oil)

*onion

*bell pepper

*celery

*garlic

*diced tomatoes

*chicken broth

*red kidney beans (feel free to use red beans)

*creole seasoning

*instant rice

How Do You Make Red Beans and Rice?

My version of Red Beans and Rice is very easy. You will have dinner cooked and on the table in about an hour or less. This is now on my dinner rotation for weeknight meals and hopefully it will be on your rotation as well.

Stovetop Red Beans & Rice
Stovetop Red Beans & Rice

Add sliced sausage to a large skillet. Cook 7-8 minutes. Drain grease leaving 2 tablespoons of grease in the skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook 8-10 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and broth. Add creole seasoning. Stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in rice making sure rice is down in the broth. Cover. Reduce heat to simmer and cook about 15 minutes or until rice is tender.

How to Serve Easy Stovetop Red Beans and Rice

Now it’s time to eat! Dish up a big bowl full and add a few extra pieces of sausage on the top. Grab a piece of good buttered cornbread and dig in! YUM!

For more easy dinner ideas, be sure to try my Chicken and Yellow Rice Casserole and Crock Pot Creamed Corn.

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Stovetop Red Beans & Rice

Stovetop Red Beans and Rice | My Version

Gina Abernathy
Need a One Pot meal to feed a crowd in less than an hour? This Stovetop Red Beans & Rice is perfect for any night of the week. Smoked sausage, onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and rice will undoubtedly please anyone!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoons oil reserved from cooking sausage
  • 1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage sliced into 1/2" slices
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 14.5 ounce diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth I used a 32oz. carton of broth
  • 2 15 oz cans red kidney beans drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups instant rice

Instructions
 

  • Add sliced sausage to a large skillet. Cook 7-8 minutes. Drain grease leaving 2 tablespoons of grease in the skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook 8-10 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and broth. Add creole seasoning. Stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in rice making sure rice is down in the broth. Cover. Reduce heat to simmer and cook about 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
Keyword easy, fast, red beans and rice
Red beans and rice picture with overlay text

Recipe FAQ’s

Kidney beans and red beans are not the same. They are two different beans, but I use kidney beans in this recipe for my version.

My favorite meat is sausage. I like to use link sausage cut into bite sized pieces. You might also use cooked chicken if so desired.

15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is a new way for me to make an old favorite! I’m from the New Orleans area, and our usual version is more like a fantastic bean and sausage soup that is served over the rice, rather than a mix of the ingredients served mixed together, which is more like our jambalaya! This looks very good and I may give it a try. I think my husband just might go for it!

  2. 5 stars
    I like how it has everything you need for a balanced meal. There are good carbs, gluten-free, there are veggies, and there is protein both from beans and the sausage. I think I’ll try it with a vegetarian “chorizo”. Yummy!

  3. Beans and rice is one of my favourite combos, especially as a vegetarian. I have never done this version with smoked sausage though so i’ll definitely need to add some veggie sausage to my dish next time! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. 5 stars
    So delicious and so comfort food in my books. As I was reading your recipe, my husband requested we print it and make it. I so look forward to it as I love creole food . Thank you for sharing

  5. I’ve never had beans and rice either as someone else said. It sounds delicious though!!! I’m printing this recipe for Red Beans and Rice now!

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