Redish smoked sausages, black beans and sauce over white rice in a white bowl on a rd and white striped dinner napkin topped with fresh green onion

Easy Beans & Rice

Tender beans, smoky sausage and a spicy flavorful sauce served over perfectly cooked rice!  An easy take on a classic dish!

Easy beans and rice or as I like to also call it pantry beans and rice is just that…Easy!

And the reason it is easy is we are going to cheat a bit and use canned beans

Just so we are on the same page by cheat I mean cut down cook time

I certainly do not mean we are going to cheat on flavor! In fact once you try this I bet it will be one of your go to meals!

Let’s start by making some rice

My daughter just loves white rice and I will tell you why.  It’s because we have a fool proof recipe that we make time and time again

We are going to start with 4 cups of water, 2 cups of Jasmine rice and 1 heaping tablespoon of chicken base (you can also use 4 cups of chicken stock in place of the chicken base)

What is chicken base?

Chicken base is concentrated stock in which you only have to use a small amount to get big flavors.  The base comes in cube form, powder and now this convenient paste

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Place the water and chicken base in a pot over medium high heat and cover

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When the water comes to a boil quickly whisk the chicken base

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Pour the rice in a clockwise fashion so it will be spread around without you manipulating it

The less you mess with rice the better off it is

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Place the pot on your smallest burner set to its lowest heat and simmer for 25 minutes with the lid slightly askew

After the 25 minutes are up we like to add a couple pats of butter and a sprinkle each of kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder

Put the lid back on and let the rice sit a couple minutes

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Fluff the rice with a fork

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So while the rice was cooking we started assembling ingredients for the beans

To start, we will need 4 slices of bacon chopped, 1 onion peeled and chopped, 1 jalapeno pepper, ribs and seeds removed and chopped, 2 garlic cloves chopped and 2 bay leaves

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We will also need one 12 ounces kielbasa (we used turkey) sliced lengthwise then cut along the bias

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Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat and add in the bacon

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Cook 4-6 minutes to render out the fat and brown the bacon

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Next add in the sausage

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Cook 2-4 minutes stirring occasionally allowing the sausage to start to brown

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Make a little space in the pan and add in the onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic and bay leaves

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Cook the veggies for a couple minutes then mix everyone together and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes

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This kitchen smells so good right now I wish you were here to share this!

Next up, we will need 2 cans of black beans (29 ounces) rinsed and drained, 12 ounces of beer (like a lager) and 1 cup of chicken stock

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Okay.  Interjection.  I know it is traditionally red beans and rice but in light of these crazy days we basically did some pantry diving and black beans are what we have

You can substitute any beans that you want

😁

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Deglaze the pan with the beer making sure to scrape up any cooked on bits from the bottom

This will just add to the flavor

What does deglazing mean?

Deglazing is a method used in cooking to help enrich sauces.  As some food particles caramelize in the a hot pan and stick to the bottom, you pour in a flavorful liquid such as beer, wine or stock while scraping up these morsels which ultimately add loads of flavor to your sauce

Bring the beer to a boil then lower to a simmer and cook 4-6 minutes to reduce and cook off the alcohol

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Next we will need 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon each of kosher salt and ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and some chopped scallions

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Add the beans, chicken stock, vinegar and spices to the pan

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Mix to combine, bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer

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Cook for 25-30 minutes

At the 10 minute mark use the back of a spoon to crush some of the beans

This will help thicken the sauce

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When the sauce has thickened and the beans are tender your ready to serve

Toss in some of the scallions reserving some for each serving

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Scoop 3/4 cup of rice into a bowl and top with the sausage and bean mixture

Garnish with some more scallions and serve!

Redish smoked sausages, black beans and sauce over white rice in a white bowl on a rd and white striped dinner napkin topped with fresh green onion

Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Easy Beans & Rice

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

For the rice

4 cups of water

2 cups of Jasmine rice

1 heaping tablespoon of chicken base

2 tablespoons of butter

kosher salt

ground black pepper

garlic powder

onion powder

For the beans

1 tablespoon of olive oil

4 slices of bacon chopped

12 ounce kielbasa sliced

1 onion peeled and chopped

2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, ribs removed and chopped

2 bay leaves

12 ounce beer (like a lager)

29 ounces of black beans drained and rinsed

1 cup of chicken stock

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon each kosher salt and ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

scallions

Directions

For the rice

Place 4 cups of water and 1 heaping tablespoon of chicken base in a pot over medium high heat and cover.  When the water comes to a boil quickly whisk the chicken base

Pour the rice in a clock wise fashion so it will be spread around with out you manipulating it.  The less you mess with rice the better off it is

Place the pot on your smallest burner set to its lowest heat and simmer for 25 minutes with the lid slightly askew.  After the 25 minutes are up remove the pot from heat and add in 2 tablespoons of butter, a sprinkle of  salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and put the lid back on and let the rice sit a couple minutes

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve

For the beans

In a pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat and add in 4 slices of chopped bacon.  Cook 4-6 minutes to render out the fat and brown the bacon.  Next add in 12 ounces kielbasa sliced lengthwise then cut along the bias.  Cook 2-4 minutes stirring occasionally allowing the sausage to start to brown

Make a little space in the pan and add in 1 onion peeled and chopped, 1 jalapeno pepper ribs and seeds removed and chopped, 2 garlic cloves chopped and 2 bay leaves.  Cook the veggies for a couple minutes then mix everyone together and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes

Deglaze the pan with the beer making sure to scrape up any cooked on bits from the bottom.  Bring the beer to a boil then lower to a simmer and cook 4-6 minutes to reduce and cook off the alcohol

Add in 2 cans of black beans (29 ounces) rinsed and drained, 1 cup of chicken stock, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon each of kosher salt and ground black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.  Mix to combine, bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer

Cook for 25-30 minutes.  At the 10 minute mark use the back of a spoon to crush some of the beans.  This will help thicken the sauce.  When the sauce has thickened and the beans are tender your ready to serve.  Toss in some of the scallions reserving some for each serving

Scoop 3/4 cup of rice into a bowl and top with the sausage and bean mixture.  Garnish with some more scallions and serve

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