Authentic Cajun Red Beans

January 10, 2021 (Last Updated: January 21, 2021)

Authentic Cajun Red Beans with Rice are the Monday supper tradition in Louisiana. This Authentic Red beans with rice recipe will keep exceptionally well in the refrigerator and are just as good a couple of days later.  Serve these incredible tasting Red Beans with Rice and homemade cornbread, and you have a fantastic meal.

If you are looking for Authentic recipes to make that are not only filling and hearty, this Authentic Cajun Red Beans won’t disappoint you one bit. The Cajun red beans are made with dried red beans, the holy trinity, smoked ham hocks, Andouille smoked sausage, Cajun seasonings, and white rice.

 

 

 

Authentic Cajun Red BeansThese Authentic Cajun Red Beans are pure comfort food and take no short cuts in the making. So that means no canned beans, don’t use a quick soak or even think of using a pressure cooker or crockpot.  You need to take the time to simmer the beans on the stove – anywhere from 1 and 1/5 hours to 2 hours – until the red beans become creamy and delicious. The red beans will start to break apart on their own and form a rich gravy. 

Yes, cooking  Cajun Red Beans beans on the stove may take awhile. However, there is no need to standover the Dutch Oven during the cooking time. Just come back and stir them occasionally, so they don’t stick to the bottom of your pot. Trust me. Scorched beans aren’t delicious,

 

 

Authentic Cajun Red Beans

When it comes to Cajun and Creole recipes, I am often inspired by the old school Louisianna born and raised chefs such as Leaha Chase, Paul Prudhomme,  and Justin E. Wilson. I honestly have never eaten a recipe from these Louisana Rock Star Chefs that I didn’t enjoy. You cannot get any more authentic than their recipes—end of the story. These superior tasting  Authentic Cajun Red Beans would make them proud they are just that good.

 

Be sure to see the recipe card for printing options exact measurements, instructions, and nutritional breakdown.

 

Ingredients list for Authentic Cajun Red Beans 

  • Dried red beans or red kidney beans
  • Water or chicken stock
  • Ham hocks
  • Celery
  • Yellow onions
  • Green bell peppers
  • Bay leaves
  • White pepper
  • Dried Thyme leaves
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano 
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Andouille smoked sausage
  • White rice
  • Louisiana hot sauce, optional
  • Green Scallions, optional
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Authentic Cajun Red Beans

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Authentic Cajun Red Beans 

  1. What is the Holy Trinity?  The holy trinity is the Cajun and Louisiana Creole variant of mirepoix; traditional mirepoix is two parts onions, one part carrots, and one part celery, whereas the holy trinity is typically equal measures of one-part onions, one part green bell pepper, and one part celery.
  2. What are ham hocks? A ham hock, or pork knuckle, is the joint that attaches a pig’s foot to its leg. While a  ham hock is not considered an ankle, its location corresponds to a human ankle or lower calf region.
  3. What can I substitute for ham hocks if I cannot find them? If your local market does not have ham hocks, you can use pork shanks. And it should not change the flavor much.
  4. I cannot locate Andouille sausage. What can I substitute for it?  If you don’t have andouille sausage, your best substitutes will be: According to the late Chef Paul Prudhomme, the best and easiest to find an alternative is Polish Sausage, a little more cayenne pepper to the recipe to make up for the missing heat.

 

 

 

Authentic Cajun Red Beans

 

 

 

Tips for Authentic Cajun Red Beans

  1. Do not use canned beans– dried red beans and kidney beans are the best ingredients for an Authentic Cajun Red Bean recipe.
  2. Be sure to sort and soak and cover the red beans or kidney beans with 2 inches of water – 8 hours is recommended.
  3. Drain the soaking water, rinse the soaked beans and sort the beans again before cooking them.
  4. Do not saute the celery, onion, or peppers. It is an unnecessary step in this Cajun Red Bean recipe.
  5. Please do not use a fast cook method to make this recipe as it comes out much better when using the slow cook stovetop method versus a pressure cooker.

 

 

 

Method

  1. Sort and rinse the red beans. Cover the beans with cold water about 2 inches above the beans. Let the beans soak overnight. Drain and rinse the beans under cold before cooking them.
  2. Place the ham hocks, 9 cups of water, celery, yellow onions, green bell peppers, bay leaves, and seasonings in a 6- quart sizeable Dutch oven; stir the mixture well. Cover the Dutch Oven with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a full boil over high heat. Remove the cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Raise the heat and boil, occasionally stirring, until the meat is fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the ham hocks from the Dutch Oven and set them to the side. (Shred the ham hocks while waiting)
  4. Add the drained and rinsed beans and 4 cups of the water to the Dutch Oven; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Next, add two more cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often. Add the sliced andouille sausage and continue simmering for about 25-35 minutes, Stirring the bottom of the Dutch oven to ensure the beans do not stick.
  6. Add the shredded ham hocks to the Dutch Oven and cook and stir for 10 minutes more.
  7. Serve over long-grain rice and add Louisiana hot sauce and green scallions for a little more kick.

 

 

 

 

 

Authentic Cajun Red Beans

Authentic Cajun Red Beans

hmccallum
Authentic Cajun Red Beans are the Monday supper tradition in Louisiana. These Red beans keep extremely well and taste just as good a couple of days later.
4.89 from 18 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Bean Soak 8 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 688 kcal

Equipment

  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large pot
  • Dutch Oven
  • Rice cooker
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Ladle

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces dried red beans or kidney beans soaked and sorted
  • 15 cups water Read instructions for the water break down
  • 6 large ham hocks or chicken stock
  • cups celery diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 2 cups green bell pepper diced
  • 5 bay leaves whole
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 pound Andouille smoked sausage thinly sliced
  • 5 cups cooked white rice

Instructions
 

  • Sort and rinse the red beans. Cover the beans with cold water about 2 inches above the red beans. Let the beans soak overnight. Drain and rinse the beans under cold water before cooking them. (This does not include water listed in the recipe)
  • Place the ham hocks, 9 cups of water, celery, yellow onions, green bell peppers, bay leaves, and seasonings in a 6-quart sizeable Dutch oven; stir the mixture well. Cover the Dutch Oven with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a full boil over high heat. Remove the cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the ham hocks from the Dutch Oven and set them to the side. (Shred the ham hocks while waiting) Do not discard the water in the Dutch Oven
  • Add the drained and rinsed beans and about 4 more cups of the water to the Dutch Oven; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Next, add two more cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often. Add the sliced andouille sausage and continue simmering for about 25-35 minutes, Stirring the bottom of the Dutch oven to ensure the beans do not stick.
  • Add the shredded ham hocks to the Dutch Oven and cook and stir for 10 minutes more.
  • Serve over long-grain rice and add hot sauce and green scallions for a little more kick.

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions about Authentic Cajun Red Beans 
  1. What is the Holy Trinity?  The holy trinity is the Cajun and Louisiana Creole variant of mirepoix; traditional mirepoix is two parts onions, one part carrots, and one part celery, whereas the holy trinity is typically equal measures of one-part onions, one part green bell pepper, and one part celery.
  2. What are ham hocks? A ham hock, or pork knuckle, is the joint that attaches a pig’s foot to its leg. While a  ham hock is not actually considered an ankle, its location corresponds to a human ankle or lower calf region.
  3. What can I substitute for ham hocks if I cannot find them? If your local market does not have ham hocks, you can use pork shanks. And it should not change the flavor much.
  4. I cannot locate Andouille sausage. What can I substitute for it?  If you don't have andouille sausage, your best substitutes will be: According to the late Chef Paul Prudhomme, the best and easiest to find an alternative is Polish Sausage, a little more cayenne pepper to the recipe to make up for the missing heat.
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 688kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 44gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 683mgPotassium: 1215mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 344IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Red Beans, Red Beans and Rice
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If you liked this recipe for Authentic Cajun Red Beans, here are some other suggestions 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Veronika Sykorova
    January 18, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Made these Authentic Cajun Red Beans over the weekend and it was really good! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 18, 2021 at 9:34 am

      You are so welcome, Veronika! Thank you for coming by and letting me know.

  • Reply
    Elaine
    January 17, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I didn’t know about the tradition but having made your recipe the other day. I can see why it is. Delightful beans and amazing recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 18, 2021 at 9:34 am

      Thank you, Yes—I used to live there years ago and there are so many traditions when it comes to the awesome cuisines of LA.
      Have a great day!

  • Reply
    Alex
    January 17, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for listing the subs! I live in Germany and can’t get all the ingredients here but I made do with your tips. 🙂 These beans were so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 18, 2021 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, I am so glad you were able to get the substitutes and enjoy the recipe!

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