Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice is one of the most comforting, affordable and easy to make meals! Perfect for Mardi Gras or anytime you’re craving spicy, hearty Cajun food!
I thought I’d sneak in a quick and easy recipe for Mardi Gras. I haven’t done a Mardi Gras themed recipe in quite a while, but I had it on my brain last week and decided to make a version of what we used to have every year on Fat Tuesday growing up, Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice.
Fun fact; My mom actually lived in New Orleans for a short period of time. My grandpa worked for the health department and was working down there. I believe my mom was either in or just graduated from college and living with my grandparents and her brother.
Other than details about how good the food was the only other story that sticks out to me was the one regarding the size of the roaches down there. Obviously with the warm, humid climate and water surrounded environment in New Orleans it’s not surprising, but the quantity and size are enough to have me hesitating (and my husband flat out refusing) on making a visit. She even said when they moved back to Denver they found some in their moving boxes when they were unpacking.
Aside from that, I think there’s so much history, culture and food in the city that’s worth discovering. Topping my must eat foods would be jambalaya, gumbo, going to a crawfish boil, beignets, muffalettas, shrimp po boys and of course red beans and rice.
My mom’s recipe was made on the stovetop, but I kind of like the idea of making it in the slow cooker. You still have to soak the kidney beans overnight, but aside from remembering to actually do it, there’s no effort required on your part with that. Red beans and rice is truly a simple and affordable recipe to make. Beans and rice are some of the most cheapest ingredients you can buy and get the most bang for you buck.
Being a southwest girl through and through I swapped out the traditional bell pepper for roasted green chiles. Best decision ever! If you want to make this recipe vegetarian or vegan, skip adding in the sausage and replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth. This recipe is best if you make it a day or two before you plan to eat it. The flavors will develop more and the starch in the beans will thicken the sauce. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 30mg Sodium: 581mg Carbohydrates: 42g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 5g Protein: 24g