Classic Red Beans N Rice

Classic Red Beans N Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Total Time: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours + standing
Makes: 8


  • 1 pound dried kidney beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 ham hock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional


  1. Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add enough water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand until beans are softened, 1-4 hours.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return to Dutch oven. Add the 8 cups water, ham hock, bay leaves and onion powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook the beef, onion, salt and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; crumble beef. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add to bean mixture. Simmer, uncovered, 1 hour. Discard bay leaves.
  4. Remove ham hock; allow to cool. Remove meat from bone; discard bone. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces and return to broth. Heat through. Serve with rice and, if desired, top with chopped fresh parsley.


SOURCE: Taste of Home

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