Cajun Red Beans


Delicious red beans. Serve it over rice with some cornbread. Yum!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans

  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease

  • ¼ cup chopped salt pork

  • 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion

  • ¾ cup chopped celery

  • ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch chipotle chile powder

  • ½ pound smoked sausage, split in half and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • water as needed


  1. Place the pinto beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water. Soak beans 15 minutes; drain and rinse.

  2. Heat bacon grease in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir salt pork in hot grease for 1 minute. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, black pepper, and chipotle powder to salt pork; cook and stir until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes.

  3. Stir smoked sausage, bay leaves, parsley, and thyme into salt pork mixture; cook and stir until sausage is browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

  4. Stir beans into sausage mixture and add enough water to cover the beans. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and transfer beans mixture to a slow cooker.

  5. Cook on High for 1 hour. Reduce to Low and cook until beans are tender, adding water as necessary, about 6 hours more.

  6. Mash about 1/4 the beans against the side of the slow cooker crock with the back of a heavy spoon. Continue cooking on Low until beans are tender and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes more. Remove bay leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
16g Fat
41g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 547mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 21mg 103%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1010mg 21%

* 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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