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Dutch Oven Red Beans and Rice

This Dutch oven red beans and rice recipe is a great one-pot meal. It's one of my husband's favorites and it uses simple ingredients, so it's been a go-to recipe in our house for years. —Janice Conklin, Stevensville, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked converted rice
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Hot pepper sauce, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion and green pepper; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes. Add sausage; cook until browned, 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in broth, beans, rice, tomato paste, bay leaf, Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. If desired, serve with pepper sauce.

Test Kitchen tip
  • Also called parboiled rice, converted rice is the unhulled grain that has been steam-pressured before milling. This process retains nutrients and makes fluffy separated grains of cooked rice. Converted rice takes slightly longer to cook than regular long grain rice.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/3 cups: 347 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 1272mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein.

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    • TuesdaysChild
      Oct 6, 2020

      I used polish kielbasa instead of turkey sausage but otherwise followed the recipe exactly as written. My family loved it and no leftovers. It was delicious.

    • joanne
      Sep 30, 2020

      I didn't see any spices listed except sage.

    • Nancy
      Sep 30, 2020

      Just made this tonight. It was very quick and easy and AMAZINGINGLY DELICIOUS! My husband and teen boys loved it as well. I did make a mistake that worked in our favor. I put an entire 6 oz can of tomato paste instead of 1/2 cup. We like tomatoes, so it was perfect for us. Four of us had plenty to eat with a small amount left over. Great dish to add to my favorites.

    • Mary Jo
      Sep 27, 2020

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    • cindylcan
      Sep 22, 2020

      I made this last night, it was easy and very tasty! My local grocery store was out of the smoked turkey sausage(bummer) so I used cut up chicken breast instead. Cut back on the cajun and cayenne if spicy isn't your thing.

    • Timaree
      Sep 22, 2020

      Loved this! I only made half a recipe and I made it in my 3 quart Instant Pot, sautéing the meat and veggies, then adding everything else but only 1 1/2 cups water (putting 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon in the spice mixture) and setting it for 7 minutes with a 15 minute Natural Release. Super easy and delicious! Will definitely make again. I did skip the hot sauce because it was plenty spicy for me!

    • Barbara
      Sep 19, 2020

      Delicious and easy will do again!

    • Duane Trottier
      Sep 18, 2020

      My family and I very much enjoyed spicy and delicious, though I used a yellow bell pepper and beef sausage instead

    • cookb4
      Sep 18, 2020

      Delicious!! I used what I had in the pantry, so I substituted an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce for the tomato paste, extra long grain rice for the converted rice, and Tony Chachere's creole seasoning.

    • Gretchen
      Sep 17, 2020

      I made it exactly but I used a tsp of Old Bay seasoning because I didn’t have cayenne pepper. Was very tasty! I wasn’t sure if we’d like it but we’ll have it again!