Red Beans & Rice


I recently noticed Whole Foods started carrying turkey kielbasa.  I am a fan of smoked meats but try to enjoy them in moderation.  Josh in not a fan of pork kielbasa so I never buy it or cook with it.  But since I found a turkey version I decided to made a batch of red beans.  I threw everything in the crockpot and served it over rice.  I’m not a huge fan of cajun spices and don’t have them on hand, so I went with what I had using smoked paprika, thyme, and bay leaves to flavor the dish.  This made a delicious pot of food.  Very hearty!  Of course if you’re looking for some heat add in some jalepeno peppers or cajun spices.


Red Beans & Rice

  • 2 cans red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • turkey kielbasa, sliced into thin rounds
  • 26 oz chopped tomatoes, I used a carton of Pomi (you could easily use less tomatoes if you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon chicken base
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2-3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • s&p
  • water
  • long grained rice, cooked according to package
  1. Mix all ingredients listed except water and rice in crockpot.  Top with just enough water to cover the ingredients.
  2. Cook on low 8 hours.  If you prefer a thicker soup add more tomato paste.
  3. Serve over rice.



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