Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Creole Comfort

From about mid-August ‘til the beginning of September, you can count on me being M.I.A.  It’s back to school time and you can guarantee that I’m NOT doing anything spectacular in the kitchen!  The last 3 weeks have been chock full of taco salads, sandwiches, store bought pizzas, and cereal.  I’m definitely not complaining about that, but Mr. Spouse can’t stomach another bowl of Froot Loops.  Now that I’ve got a week & a half of Kindergarten under my belt, it’s time to get back in the proverbial saddle.  And what better way to kick off my return to the blog than with the most AMAZING, comfort food EVER.  I’m pretty sure I say that about everything, but dang y’all…this is SO stinkin’ GOOD!!!!  It’s like a little taste of Louisiana in small town Texas…and I LOVE it!!!! 


1 {16oz.} package of smoked sausage, sliced

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 {10oz.} cans of Rotel

3 & 1/2 cups chicken broth

2 tsp. Creole seasoning {I used my favorite, Tony Chachere’s!!!!}

1 & 1/2 cups cooked rice

1 {15oz.} can light red kidney beans, rinsed & drained

1 {15oz.} can dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained


Not too many ingredients to get this comfort party started…


Go ahead and slice your sausage.


In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then toss in the sausage. Cook over medium heat until browned and then drain.


While the sausage is browning, cook your rice.  Y’all know I can’t cook rice to save my life, so I took the easy way out and popped in two bags of boil-in-a-bag rice and let that cook while the sausage was browning.  Then go ahead and drain and rinse your beans.  I used dark AND light red kidney beans, but if you have a preference toward one over the other, you can use two cans of the same kind. 


Make sure to return the sausage back to the skillet after draining.  Then toss in the Rotel and mix well. 


Simmer for about 5-7 minutes and add the beans.


Now add the rice and sprinkle in the creole seasoning.  I’m pretty darn partial to Tony’s.  I swear it tastes good on EVERYTHING!  Especially popcorn…but I digress…

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Simmer on low for about 10-15 minutes or until heated completely through.  Serve & enjoy!


OH.MY.WORD.  I’m so happy you can’t see me right now because I’m seriously salivating all over myself.  Not pretty.  But you know what is?!?!  THIS.DISH.  I’ve never really been a huge fan of red beans and rice, but there was just something about this recipe that was begging me to give it a shot…and I’m SO glad I did. I adapted this recipe from one I found in my Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook.  It’s been collecting dust for FAR too long.  But not anymore.  This little dish proved it’s sustainability in my kitchen!


I seriously can’t get over it.  Quick.  Easy.  AMAZINGLY delicious.  The perfect combination for a dish that will definitely be on the dinner table again…SOON!!!!


  1. Couldn't decide on what was for dinner tonight so I made this - it was a hit!! So delicous. Thanks for sharing!

  2. As soon as I read this this morning I knew what was for supper! The husband keeps coming in telling me how good it smells! Can't wait to try it!


  3. looks yummy, I am fixing this tonight--I have everything in my pantry/fridge! One question---where does the chicken broth come in?

  4. This looks delicious! For some reason I thought the cans of Rotel were labeled as "BROtel".

  5. yes, please clarify when to use the chicken broth - to cook the rice??

  6. I am eating this as I type and it is delicious! Thanks for sharing..for the ones asking about when to use the chicken broth. I added it in when I added the rotel and let it simmer uncovered while I cooked the rice in my rice maker (about 30 mins) then added the rice and let it sit for 10-15 mins and the rice soaks up the rest of the liquid

  7. Thanks for sharing your dish! I made it tonight and it was delicious. I'm not sure I did the liquid/rice correctly because yours looks different. Mine was kind of soggy! But it was a winner!

  8. Mmm...beans and rice, looks delicious!

  9. SORRY!!!! Yes, yes...use the chicken broth to cook the rice!!!!! Can't believe I forgot to mention that!!! I'll edit to add!!!! Enjoy!

  10. I made this last night and I used chicken instead of sausage. I cooked the rice with water and just put the broth in while all that stuff simmered! Ha ha!! It was delicious!!!

  11. I needed a meal that I could make ahead and come home to so I tried this out. Cooked it as directed and then put it in the crock pot. We ate it about 3 hours later. I did add more chicken broth and it was very good. It was a little spicey but yummy. Will make it again!!

  12. This is a great post, and a great topic to explore. Thanks for sharing tech fair

  13. Great recipe! I made some changes and posted it on my blog:

    Thanks for posting such a great recipe :)

  14. thank you for taking the time to post this. my chef hubby loved it! haven't taken it for a kid test drive yet because we don't know if there will be leftovers to share with them! :)

  15. Made this tonight. I used Mild Rotel so that my boys could eat too. Not even thinking about the creole seasoning being spicy. Oops! They both had a little and loved it but said it was to hot for them. Easy and Delicious :)

  16. Oops made the rice then started wondering where the chicken broth comes in! I'll make a note next time to add it to the water first! But the kitchen smells yummy, can't wait to try it!

  17. I love this recipe! So easy and yummy! Making it for the 2nd time tonight! Plus my hubby loves it and he is a picky eater. :)