Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Have you heard that beans and rice together make a complete protein? I’ve read that it is and I’ve also read that it’s a myth. I’m fascinated by how foods work together and how even a single food has many nutrients that work together in a way that we can’t quite replicate with a pill. Also the idea that foods have nutrients that we’ve yet to even discover!

Anyway, beans and rice! I love them. Even if the complete protein thing is a myth, beans have fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, copper, etc. and protein!

I used to buy the boxes of Zatarains and if I was feeling fancy, I’d add some kielbasa sausage. But then I started caring about the sodium and other ingredients and began trying to find a good recipe that I could make myself. There were some decent attempts and some flops, but I finally got it last year. This recipe is inspired by Budget Bytes but, as usual, I made some changes.

Red Beans and Rice

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6


  • Big pot or Dutch oven


  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2/3 cup celery finely chopped, optional
  • 4 cubes frozen garlic 0r 4 cloves minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cans red kidney beans
  • 1 package Morningstar Farms Chorizo Crumbles


  • Add oil to pot and cook onions and celery on medium heat for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  • Add garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and oregano.
  • Stir to combine and add broth and drained kidney beans.
  • Let simmer 30-45 minutes or until celery is cooked through. This would be a good time to start cooking your rice according to package instructions.
  • Cook Chorizo crumbles according to package instruction and add to bean mixture in pot.

Here they are together:

The usual snapshot of a plate on the way to the table

I made brown rice because I’m trying to get every possible gram of fiber into my kids.

I realize the pic of the beans in the pot isn’t the greatest, but I was trying to get a better shot and the steam kept clouding up my phone. So I was blowing away the steam and trying to get the best photo I could.