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Red Beans and Rice

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 [3], 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 [4]!) 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 [5]


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($.20)
  • 1 onion, chopped ($.30)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped ($.30) Used the ones I’d frozen this summer [6]
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed ($.20)
  • 2 strips cooked turkey bacon, chopped ($.10)
  • 3 cups cooked red kidney beans [7] ($.80)
  • 1 cup broth, vegetable or chicken (free if homemade [8], 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 [9]


  • 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.

Cost $2.63

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