I’ve been wanting to whip up Red Beans and Rice for a month or two. Ever since I picked up Creole seasoning at the store to make Jamie’s Cajun Meatball Stew , really. I turned to the one man who could help me make the best Red Beans and Rice with what I had on hand.
We’re on a first name basis…because well, he’s on a first name basis with everyone! So, Emeril has this great recipe with all sorts of ingredients to make extravagantly delicious red beans and rice that probably cost $20-$30. I looked over the ingredient list…pulled out what on the ingredient list I had from the pantry and freezer. But I had to get creative for the sausage/ham part. I had neither sausage nor ham…but I did have turkey bacon. (Remember that $.99/pkg turkey bacon !) That would have to do for the “smokiness” flavor that the ham or sausage would give.
Toss it all together in a pot…and let it simmer…and fill your home with the smells of Louisiana (pronounced “lose-i-ana”!)
Here’s my $5 version…served with a side of corn.
(It’s really not anything close to Emeril’s recipe…but it did the trick!)
Red Beans and Rice
Adapted from Emeril’s Red Beans and Rice 
- 2 Tbsp olive oil ($.20)
- 1 onion, chopped ($.30)
- 1 green pepper, chopped ($.30) Used the ones I’d frozen this summer 
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed ($.20)
- 2 strips cooked turkey bacon, chopped ($.10)
- 3 cups cooked red kidney beans  ($.80)
- 1 cup broth, vegetable or chicken (free if homemade , or $.50)
- 2 tsp Creole seasoning ($.20)
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper ($.03) optional
- Few dashes of salt and pepper
- 1 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice ($.50)
- 1 bag frozen corn ($.49) Used $1 coupon on $1.49 sale price 
- Add the olive oil to a large saucepan. Saute the chopped onion, chopped green pepper, crushed garlic for 4-5 minutes. Add the chopped bacon, cooked red beans, and broth. Stir in the seasonings, then turn heat to low and simmer for 30-45 minutes. If too much liquid simmers off, cover for the remainder of the simmer time…or add some water or more broth.
- Cook the brown rice as directed on a package…takes about 50-55 minutes, so plan accordingly.
- Cook the frozen corn as directed on the bag.
- Serve Red Beans and Rice with side of corn.
NOTE: The $5 Dinner Challenge Link-Up will be back after the first of the year!