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How-To: Easy Creole Red Beans & Rice

Camellia Red Beans and RiceMaybe you’re a seasoned cook with a little too much on your plate right now. Or you’re new-ish to New Orleans classics and need some gentle guidance. Either way, there’s a time and a place for simpler (yet still delicious) red beans and rice. And it calls for Camellia Creole Red Beans Mix – our famous Red Kidney Beans combined with a bold seasoning packet for perfect flavor.

Camellia Creole Red Beans Mix and the additional ingredients to make itCamellia Creole Red Beans Mix is gluten free, high fiber and easy to prepare. And it has the key ingredients you need to make the best red beans and rice: our signature Red Kidney Beans + a bold seasoning packet that gives you the kind of nuanced, savory, foolproof flavor that tastes like you’ve been adding a little of this and a little of that to the pot all day long.

There’s a simple recipe right on the back of the bag; all you do is add a few fresh ingredients and simmer on the stove or in a slow cooker. Plus, this Creole Red Beans Mix is so versatile that you can add smoked sausage, andouille sausage, ham — or make it vegan.

Just three easy steps will get you creamy, tasty homemade red beans:

1) Sauté aromatic vegetables, and add sausage or ham (of course, the meat part is optional).
2) Add water, beans and the contents of the seasoning packet.
3) Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until beans are soft.

Easy Creole Red Beans: Step-by-Step How-To

The trinity sautéed with smoked sausage - the basis for delicious red beans and rice

The recipe calls for chopping and then sautéing the trinity — 1 large onion, 1 green bell pepper and 2 stalks of celery in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then, if using, add sliced sausage or ham, and sauté 2 minutes more. This is the base for a great pot of red beans.

Camellia Creole Red Beans Mix comes with a bold seasoning packet for delicious red beansAdd the beans and the contents of the spice packet to the pot.

Camellia Creole Red Beans MixAdd 6 cups of water, stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are soft, about 2 hours. (Adding the contents of the spice packet beforehand won’t keep the beans from getting soft, promise! Read more about that myth.) Lift the cover and stir occasionally, and if you like a creamier pot of beans, use the back of a spoon to mash some of the beans against the inside of the pot.

Red Beans and Rice served up for a crowd

Once your red beans are nice and soft, serve over hot cooked rice with some fried chicken or pork chops on the side. Sprinkle with chopped green onion, offer up some hot sauce and delight in the fact that this time, you took an easier route — but just as delicious — to a tried and true favorite.