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Cajun Style Beans and Rice

The best Cajun style red pinto beans and rice recipe - This simple, quick, and easy dinner is healthy for the budget because it's cheap! Can be vegetarian or vegan or you can add some meat. Great for lunch or supper. Spicy recipe that's amazing with some shredded cheese, sour cream, and cilantro on top.

I spent 10 years of my life as a vegetarian.

I loved being a vegetarian.

Even today, I sometimes feel like an icky traitor for eating meat.

I'm aware that I'm weird. Just play along.

I feel a special allegiance to meatless cuisine, and we eat meatless meals often around here.

On and off over the last 12 years, Joe and I have eaten this beans and rice recipe for supper pretty often. We go in spurts, and we'll eat it weekly for months and months and then put it away because we're sick of it, and then get it back out again after some time has passed. We're like that with a lot of recipes.

We really love to serve this beans and rice with a healthy amount of shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. It makes the whole thing creamy and delicious and tones down the spice a bit. Grace and Allie like to top theirs with Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.

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  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, salt, and pepper. Sauté, stirring often until onion is soft, 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add seasonings.
  2. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Mix in beans and rice.
  3. Continue to cook and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add water if it looks as if the spices or rice are sticking and burning.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of cilantro and shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Recipe Notes

You may choose to add some chopped up, cooked chicken or ground beef to this recipe. That would increase the protein and make it a heartier meal.

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8 thoughts on “Cajun Style Beans and Rice”

  1. This looks really good. Beans and rice are popular dishes where I live (Tampa, FL), but I've never looked up a good recipe. This one looks very good! (I'm a native Midwestern girl). My daughter has just started eating raw (although not 100%-she's a college student) and likes it a lot.

  2. This looks really good. Beans and rice are popular dishes where I live (Tampa, FL), but I've never looked up a good recipe. This one looks very good! (I'm a native Midwestern girl). My daughter has just started eating raw (although not 100%-she's a college student) and likes it a lot.

  3. Made this in the crock pot (cooked rice on stove and added it to the crock pot) using 1# dried red beans, added smoked sausage and didn’t have bell pepper, so I didn’t use it. Also doubled it for my large family. With the cheese and sour cream it is amazing! And not too spicy.

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