Authentic New Orleans Red Beans and Rice


This New Orleans red beans and rice is just like what Mom makes. I recommend cooking it the day before you want to eat it. It is a time-consuming recipe, and the taste gets even better after 24 hours in the refrigerator. For extra spice, add a splash of hot sauce.

close up view of red bean and rice with sausage in a white bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon shortening, or as needed

  • 1 white onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 8 cups water

  • 1 pound dried red beans

  • 1 smoked ham hock

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's®)

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon dried sage

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®), or to taste (Optional)

  • 3 cups cooked white rice


  1. Melt shortening in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, bell pepper, and garlic in hot shortening until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Combine water, red beans, and ham hock in a large pot; bring to a boil. Stir onion mixture into the pot; add smoked sausage and celery. Return to a boil. Stir bay leaves, Creole seasoning, thyme, and sage into boiling water. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer until beans are tender, about 5 hours.

  3. Remove and discard ham hock and bay leaves; stir in hot pepper sauce and serve over white rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
21g Fat
44g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 861mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 938mg 20%

* 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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