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Red Beans & Rice

I’ve got an easy recipe for you! A Southern tradition…good ol’ comfort food! One of my family’s favorite meals we enjoy year-round. But this isn’t your classic Red Beans & Rice recipe. No, this is a whole level UP! It has a secret ingredient that packs a flavorful punch! And the best part, you can use one large skillet or dutch oven and toss it all in!

You’ll need some pretty basic ingredients for this meal, that helps to make it an easy recipe for a week night.

Ground beef, sausage, green bell pepper, onion, Manwich, Ranch beans-pinto or kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and rice.

Did you catch a glimpse of the secret ingredient yet?

Yep! It’s Manwich! It’s not just for sloppy joes!

I use half a green bell pepper and half an onion with one minced garlic clove…and if you want a shortcut, buy a jar of minced garlic and just toss 1/2 tsp in! Allow the veggies to get translucent. And that garlic will smell amazing!

Chop the sausage into bite size pieces. You can use turkey sausage if you’d like.

Throw the beef in with the veggies until browned. While waiting for the meat to brown, it’s a great time to start your pot of rice. We LOVE BASMATI RICE because it’s so light and fluffy. Once the beef is browned, pour off the grease. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then add in the sausage and allow it to get nice and seared. Just keep tossing it all around, until browned throughout.

Now it’s time to add in the remaining ingredients… open all cans and stir in Manwich, diced tomatoes, and beans. I prefer to use a can of both Ranch(pinto) and red kidney beans. It makes the flavors just pop! Top with a sprinkle of sugar. Stir it all together, then allow the mixture to come to a simmering boil on low to medium heat and cook through while the rice is finishing.

Now, after about 20-30 minutes, and once the rice is done…pull out your favorite large pasta bowls and get ready to DIG in! Place a nice heaping serving of hot rice in the bowl and cover it with the bean mixture. The ratio of rice to beans is totally a personal choice 🙂 You’ll want a spoon, or a fork… or possibly even both to devour the bowl full.


1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 lb ground beef, or turkey

1 package of smoked sausage, or turkey sausage

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can Manwich

1 can Ranch beans (pinto) or red kidney beans OR BOTH

1 tsp sugar


Add a few teaspoons of olive oil to a skillet on medium to high heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Stir until translucent. Add garlic. Stir until fragrant. Add ground beef. Stir until browned. Pour off grease. Chop sausage into bite size pieces. Add sausage to skillet until cooked through. Add remaining ingredients (sugar, tomatoes, Manwich, and beans). Stir mixture and allow to simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes. Cook rice in a separate pot. Serve mixture over a heaping scoop of rice. Enjoy!

And remember to let me know if you try this easy recipe yourself! Tag me on Instragram please!

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6 Responsesso far.

  1. Sharon says:

    Thank you for sharing such a yummy recipe. All the recipes I have made from you are soooo delicious!

  2. Debby says:

    I love your family recipes and meal ideas. Sometimes I have to tweak them because hubs in on a low salt low fat heart diet. But that’s easy enough and the flavors here are amazing!

  3. Lee Archer says:

    I’m sorry, I’m Louisiana born and raised and my family has been making red beans and rice since the 1800’s. This is the most revolting red beans and rice recipe I’ve ever read, don’t even call it southern. Get a package of camellia red beans from the grocery (they also sell online) and follow the very simple directions on the package to make real red beans and Rice. I probably won’t eat for a week after reading this recipe.

  4. Nancy sydney says:

    Made this recipe today because we were missing red beans and rice from one of our favorite restaurants. We decided that this was so incredibly yummy and it might even been better than what we had at the restaurant. Definitely a keeper! Green Valley Ranch Roofing Company

  5. Janice says:

    I tried this last night. We all loved it! Even my picky eater. Thanks so much for all the yummy recipes

  6. janetchalke@hotmail.com says:

    Cannot wait to try it! Looks delish!!

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