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Hearty Sausage ‘n’ Beans

Our son, Will, is a brand new dad. He cooked this blend of sausage, beans, tomatoes and rice when we came to visit our newborn granddaughter, Jenna. The beauty of the dish is the simplicity: Toss the ingredients in one pan, simmer, and you've got dinner. Add corn bread and a tossed salad on the side. —Will Owen, Waco, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice


  • In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion in oil over medium heat until onion is tender. Add the beans, water, tomatoes and salad dressing mix. Bring to a boil; stir in rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until rice is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 561 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1624mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Mar 6, 2018

    PERFECT for a cold night! Yummy, simple, quick. I cut this in half for my husband and I and we were able to squeeze out 4 servings (2 for dinner, 2 for leftovers). I used Hillshire Farm's already cooked Polish Kielbasa for the sausage, and cut each slice in half for easier eating. Definitely will be making this again.

  • MikeyW
    Oct 8, 2015

    This is one of my weeknight go to recipes

  • mojs7
    Jul 27, 2015

    This was a great recipe. Very hardy and filling. Even my picky 9 year old loved it. Will definitely make again!

  • meaganteal
    Feb 4, 2014

    loved this! Both of my picky boys ate all of it and asked for seconds. Only thing I changed was I used ranchstyle beans instead of pinto b/c that was what we had. Really good!

  • beccar1778
    Jul 25, 2013

    I have made this numerous times and my family loves it. I have taken it to church pot lucks and I have always come home with an empty pan.

  • dzncofz
    Apr 7, 2013

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  • ekprice
    Apr 3, 2013

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  • jmd323
    May 7, 2012

    Tasty and quick! Was great with Jiffy cornbread on the side. Will definitely be making this again!

  • lorettalib
    Feb 26, 2012

    I've made this recipe twice. First as it appeared in the magazine, the second time I made one change. Instead of using the tomatoes with mild chilies I used a can of tomatoes with habaneros. Gave it the right amount of punch. This was an easy weeknight recipe and I will be making it again.

  • carrie carney
    Feb 8, 2012

    This was very good considering how easy it was. I used turkey smoked sausage and ommited the oil using Pam instead to save calories. I also used black beans because that is what I had on-hand. My husband liked it and once I convinced the 4 and 5 year olds that it was good they ate it right up!