Red Beans & Rice Casserole

A new twist on a Southern favorite, Red Beans and Rice Casserole comes together quickly with all the rich flavors of traditional Red Beans and Rice you crave.

A plate of Red Beans and Rice Casserole topped with melted cheese with a casserole dish in the background

This Red Beans and Rice Casserole is one recipe that will surely make meal time a breeze.  It’s simple, hearty, full of flavor and can be made it minutes. Red Beans, vegetables, seasonings, and sausage slow cooking on the stove will fill your home with a mouthwatering aroma.  The problem with making traditional Red Beans and Rice is that it takes time to prepare.  That’s not the case with this Red Beans and Rice Casserole.  The secret to this baked casserole recipe is Minute® Rice.

Closeup of Red Beans and Rice Casserole in a baking dish

Here’s how my take on this traditional Southern dish comes together…

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan.

Olive oil in a large pan

Add chopped onions, chopped green peppers and minced garlic to the pan and cook until the vegetables soften.

Chopped onions, green peppers, and garlic in a large pan

Add in a can of rinsed and drained red beans and sliced sausage.

Added red beans and sliced sausage to chopped onions, green peppers, and garlic in a large pan

Add in 1 can of Ro•Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies.

Added diced tomatoes and green chilies to sliced sausage, red beans, chopped onions, green peppers, and garlic in a large pan

Stir in 1 1/2 cups of Minute® Rice and 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth.

Stirring in white rice to mixture of sliced sausage, diced tomatoes, green chilies, red beans, chopped onions, green peppers, and garlic in a large pan

Transfer to a baking dish coated with cooking spray, olive oil or butter.

Mixture of white rice, sliced sausage, diced tomatoes, green chilies, red beans, chopped onions, green peppers, and garlic in a baking dish

Top with a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, cover and bake for 30 minutes.

Mixture of white rice, sliced sausage, diced tomatoes, green chilies, red beans, chopped onions, green peppers, and garlic topped with shredded cheese in a baking dish

This Red Beans and Rice Casserole is a delicious, healthy dinner that comes together quickly.  The sausage gives the Red Beans and Rice a pleasant, smoky flavor and you control how spicy or mild you’d like your casserole to be by choosing either the mild or hot diced tomatoes and chilies.

Red Beans and Rice Casserole on a small plate

Red Beans & Rice Casserole

A new twist on a Southern favorite, Baked Red Beans and Rice Casserole comes together quickly with a little help from Minute® Rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cups small onion , chopped (about 1 1/2 )
  • 1 cup medium green pepper , chopped (about 1/2 )
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 12- ounces beef sausage , sliced
  • 1 16- ounce can red beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 10- ounce can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups Minute Rice White Rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan on medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and green peppers and cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring for a minute more.
  • Add in the sausage and red beans and stir.
  • Mix in the can of undrained diced tomatoes and chilies, the rice and the chicken broth. Stir well.
  • Transfer to the baking dish and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Serve.

Notes

If you find the Ro-Tel brand of diced tomatoes and chilies too spicy for your tastes, a reader suggested using a regular can of diced tomatoes and a can of mild diced green chili peppers instead. It still gives the great flavor without too much heat.

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