New Orleans Red Beans & Rice

This is by no means low carb, paleo, or keto, but, it is delicious. Red Beans and Rice has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. My Mom made her own version of it. Then I had a chance to taste the “authentic” New Orleans-style red beans and rice when I was stationed in New Orleans in the ’90s. Both versions were excellent. And I have had several other recipes that were quite good as well.

This recipe is also very good. I found it on, submitted by Matt. It is great comfort food. Might as well make your favorite cornbread recipe for this one because you are off your diet!


1 tablespoon shortening, or as needed
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 green bell pepper, 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®)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 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, garlic, and bell pepper 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 water; add smoked sausage and celery to the boiling water; return to a boil. Stir bay leaves, Creole seasoning, thyme, and sage into the boiling water. Reduce heat to low, place a cover on the pot, and simmer until the beans are tender about 5 hours.

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

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