Spicy Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice is a New Orleans specialty. This combination makes an inexpensive and satisfying dinner.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1⁄4 cup diced celery
  • 1⁄4 cup diced onion
  • 1⁄2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 small habanero pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 cups canned red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3⁄4 cup water
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups cooked white rice


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and habanero until softened, about 8 minutes. Add beans, parsley, cayenne pepper, water, and salt. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in rice.