New Orleans Red Beans and Rice Recipe

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice is a Creole dish traditionally made on Mondays with beans, veggies left over from Sunday supper and served over rice.

Tasso (pronounced “TAH-so”) is a southern Louisiana specialty meat that is similar to pancetta.  It is a lean cut of pork that is cured with spices and then smoked for hours.  Tasso can be served on it’sown but it really shines when adding additional flavor to Cajun and Creole dishes –like rice and beans.

Add a spicy smokey flavor to slow-cooked red beans or any bean for that matter with a little bit of Tasso.

Add Tasso to gumbo, étouffées, jambalaya, and veggies like chard, kale, or broccoli for an awesome flavor boost.  It can be used in place of pancetta in pasta dishes like carbonara and added to a basic cream sauce with cajun spices is the perfect cajun pasta sauce.

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice

Course: Appetizer, dinner, entree, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, cajun, creole, New Orleans
Servings: 8
Calories: 890 kcal
Author: Kelly D
New Orleans style red beans and rice is a staple in New Orleans cooking and can be served as a main dish or a side dish.

Add Tasso to Your Trinity 

Start by combining tasso with the “holy trinity” of onion, celery, and bell pepper when you begin sautéing the Trinity. Tasso can take the place of other seasoned meats such as ham hocks or bacon. Tasso infuses a smoky, spicy flavor to the Trinity and adds a layer of flavor for your dish.



  • 1 onion large chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • Creole seasoning to taste
  • 1 pound of Tasso
  • 1 1/2 cups Andouille sausage cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 30 ounce canned kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz canned whole peeled tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • 6 cups white rice cooked


  1. In a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage and Tasso for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in onion, green pepper and celery garlic; sauté until tender.
  3. Add Cajun seasoning, to taste.
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Pour in beans and tomatoes with juice.
  6. Season with oregano, salt and pepper.
  7. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice.

Recipe Notes


Red beans and rice can be served as a side dish with fried chicken or serve this as a main dish with a side of garlic sautéd chard or kale and cornbread. Yum!



Nutrition Facts
New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 890 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 848mg 35%
Potassium 742mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 132g 44%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 4g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 23.3%
Calcium 9.8%
Iron 19.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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