We lived in Louisiana for a few years, and I really got to like Cajun-style dishes. I also like dishes that are quick as a wink! So, I’ve combined my two “likes” and came up with this easy, inexpensive, delicious meal (that I LOVE…how does that work?!). But what makes me REALLY love this recipe? You can put together 5-Minute Red Beans & Rice in under 5 minutes. Zoom-zoom!
There’s a secret in our house…well, not really a secret, but more of a “thing we don’t need to mention because it’s a well-known fact–so it’ goes un-discussed”. This big-secret? I hate spending time in the kitchen after work. I’m just tired. And if I can’t get food on the table in less than a half-hour, it’s just not happening on a weeknight. Even better if I can get a whole meal on the table in less than 10 minutes. And EVEN better if the meal is versatile enough to be something I can enjoy with another dish–or not. That kind of thing gets my cooking-motor-running. Just. Like. This. Red Beans & Rice.
5-Minute Red Beans & Rice Recipe
- 1 can Red Kidney, or Pinto Beans (whichever you prefer)
- 1 bag pre-cooked Rice
- 1 package Pepperoni
- 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Celery Salt
- Cayenne Pepper to taste just a pinch for me
Place the rice in the microwave and cook according to package directions. (The rice I use takes 90 seconds to prepare.)
While the rice is cooking, open the can of beans and place in a microwave-safe bowl.
Add the spices to the beans and stir.
Remove the rice from the microwave and place the spiced bean mixture in the microwave.
Microwave the beans on high for 1 minute.
Remove the beans from the microwave and add about half the package of pepperoni. Stir.
Put the beans and pepperoni back in the microwave and cook on high for 1 more minute.
Serve and enjoy!
You can use just about any sliced sausage that is fully cooked. However, I’ve eaten a lot of homemade Red Beans & Rice dishes served with pepperoni, and I prefer it that way.
So, what do you think? Are you gonna make this red beans & rice one night, cheri? Leave me a little note in the comments–lemme know how it turns out for you. LOL!