Authentic, No Shortcuts, Louisiana Red Beans and Rice


This is my take on a Louisiana classic. No shortcuts! Put everything into the slow cooker in the morning and you will have your meal ready in the late afternoon or evening, whenever you are ready. This recipe will feed a lot of people.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound dried red beans, soaked overnight

  • 10 cups water

  • 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced into rounds

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (Optional)

  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning, or to taste

  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped

  • 1 ham hock

  • 4 cups cooked rice


  1. Place the beans and water into a slow cooker. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage in the skillet; remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and transfer to the slow cooker. Reserve drippings. Add onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper and garlic to the drippings; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer everything from the skillet to the slow cooker.

  2. Season the mixture with pepper and Creole seasoning. Add the fresh basil leaves and ham hock. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours, or until beans are tender. If the bean mixture seems too watery, take the lid off the slow cooker and set heat to High to cook until they reach a creamy texture.


When making your rice, if you have the time try it this way: Boil your rice until nearly done, drain in a metal strainer and rinse with cold water. Add about an inch of water to the pot you boiled the rice in and place the strainer full of rice on top of the pot. place on stove on medium heat, cover and steam the rice for about 15 minutes. This is a little time consuming, but it makes perfect rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

556 Calories
22g Fat
62g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 556
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 615mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 1079mg 23%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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