Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice is a deliciously easy one pot meal that is ready in under 30 minutes!Red Beans and RiceThis post is part of a sponsorship with First Fresh Chicken Sausage. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting My Gluten Free Miami and the companies that support it!

A NOLA Love Affair

New Orleans Trip

New Orleans Honeymoon!

My hubby and I love New Orleans. We went there for our honeymoon and had the best time eating our way through the city (doesn’t everyone plan their vacations around food?) it was amazing, but it was BC (before Celiac). Red Beans and Rice, Muffalata Sandwiches, Gumbo, Banana’s Foster…the kind of food you dream about.

One of my favorite things to make when I am missing New Orleans food is Red Beans and Rice.

Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to find a good sausage that is also gluten free. Plus, I don’t have time to spend all day cooking to get that delicious New Orleans flavor.

Red Beans and Rice

Enter First Fresh Chicken Sausage

About a month ago I was introduced to First Fresh Chicken Sausage. I used their Mild Italian to make an amazing Vodka Sauce andΒ  the Breakfast Links to make this 4 Ingredient Breakfast Casserole. I am in love with this sausage. We eat it several times a week. A few of the reasons that I love it are because:

Completely Gluten Free

No gluten ingredients are in their factories AT ALL. None. The CEO’s wife has Celiac Disease so they understand the importance of keeping gluten out of their facilities.

It’s Better For You

It’s made of chicken breast so it is much lower in fat than pork sausage, and it is high in protein.

I Can Read the Ingredients

It drives me nuts when food has weird ingredients that I cannot understand. There are no funny ingredients in this sausage, you can eat it knowing what you are eating!

Red Beans and Rice

Back to the Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice is one of our favorite dishes. My mom had a great recipe that I decided to tweak just a bit to make it work for me.

The Sausage

I loved the First Fresh Hot Italian Chicken Sausage in this. Just the right amount of spice and intense flavor.

The Beans

Now, generally Red Beans and Rice requires a lengthy soaking and cooking of beans, but I used canned…I just don’t have the time to cook dry beans, if you do, awesome! Use them…for me though, it’s canned

The Holy Trinity

Anyone who has cooked Cajun food knows that the holy trinity of Cajun cooking is bell peppers, onions, and celery. I cannot stand bell peppers, so mine is more like a Holy Pair. If you like bell peppers, by all means buy one, chop it up, and add it in.

The Seasoning

Use your favorite and use it to taste! I only used a teaspoon because I have a toddler who eats what we eat. The sausage has some spice, so that adds to the flavor. Just taste as you go!

I can guarantee this is quickly going to become a go to meal!

One Last Thing…

There’s a bonus recipe coming up this week using Red Beans and Rice leftovers that you do not want to miss! (That is, if there are any leftovers!) You can sign up here to be one of the first to know when it comes out AND you’ll get a couple Freebies!

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Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Red Beans and Rice
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3.38 from 29 votes

Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice


  • 3 cans red beans
  • 1 package First Fresh Hot Italian Chicken Sausage
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free chicken bouillon or paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 stalks celery minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons gluten free Cajun seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • Green onions for garnish


  • Brown Sausage Links in 1 Tablespoon Oil, Remove and set aside.
  • Sautee onion, garlic, and celery for about 3 minutes, until onion begins to appear transclucent.
  • Open beans and add to pot. Do not drain.
  • Add 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 2 bay leaves, and chicken boullion.
  • Bring to boil, lower to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • While simmering slice First Fresh Saussage links.
  • Using a spoon, smash some of the beans against the side of the pot.
  • Add to pot along with 1 teaspoon (or to taste) cajun seasoning.
  • Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Serve with white rice and top with sliced green onions


Serving: 4g














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    September 11, 2019 at 9:54 am

    […] all been there. You just made an awesome dinner, such as my Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice, you eat till your stuffed and then you have just a little bit leftover. Now, I have no issues […]

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    Michele Hall
    January 20, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I love this… and its fitting my comfort food craving at the moment! Pinning!

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    Chanel van Reenen
    January 18, 2017 at 10:15 am

    these look delicious! rice and beans is always a favorite in our household and i love this fun twist!

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    January 17, 2017 at 11:26 am

    My husband and I love eating red beans and rice. We make it from scratch and that way we get to add as much or less of the spices we enjoy. This looks delicious and I look forward to your leftover tip.

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    Suburbia Mom
    January 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Yum! I’ve been looking for a good gluten free recipe. I am also a big fan of chicken sausage. We may just need to try this.

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    Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
    January 17, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I think if beans and rice disappeared my middle child would go hungry. We buy them by the carton around here! We don’t eat meat but I bet this would be great with a veggie sausage. Yet another great way to switch it up!

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    Platter Talk
    January 16, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I just know that this would be perfect to warm everyone’s tummy on a cold WI day. Can’t wait to try.

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    January 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve been to NOLA a few times and this looks like something I’d order at one of the authentic, southern restaurants! Looks amazingly delicious too!!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    January 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Yum– I’ve been wanting to make red beans and rice. Love chicken sausage– that looks great!

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    Chef Mireille
    November 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    the perfect one pot dish

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    Amanda Mason
    October 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    This looks so fantastic and I, too, struggle with sausages! I’m so glad you mentioned this one! I’m going to see where this brand is sold near me! I’m printing this recipe out now! Thanks for such a fabulous recipe! I”m so excited to make this!!

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    Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
    October 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    You can’t go wrong with rice and beans!

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    October 1, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I love Cajun food, and this looks delicious. The spicy chicken sausage is a nice touch!! I just may try this one… looks easy!

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    Megan Marlowe
    October 1, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I love red beans and rice and I love that you used chicken sausage in here to lighten up a pretty hearty {but delicious} dish. Can’t wait to try this version!

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    July 18, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Where do you find the sausage? Any of the major big chains carry? What brand red beans do you use?

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Hi! I use whatever brand of beans I have :)…usually trader joes because they are cheap and the cans are BPA free…the sausage is a newer company, some Publix have it and they are expanding so ask for them at your grocery store! You could use another brand if you can’t find First Fresh.

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    Elizabeth DiBurro
    July 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I love meals that can be done in less than 30 minutes!!! I’m going to have to look for that brand sausage too! Yum!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Me too! If you can’t find it ask for it!

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    Gluten Free With Emily
    July 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    The seasoning in this sounds so good! I need to try that Cajun Spice!!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      You should! It’s great!

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    Alisa Fleming
    July 13, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    This looks like such a great weeknight meal! We eat dinners like this a lot, and I’ll have to add this particular recipe to our menu.

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    Kortney // Allergy Girl Eats
    July 13, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Rice and beans… and sausage! Sign me up! These sound really good. I haven’t really eaten a lot of sausage because I am a little sketched out by what is really in them. But these sound really good and from food conscious makers. I need to give this meal a try. Perfect for a weekday and then lunch leftovers πŸ˜€

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      You gotta try this sausage! It white breast chicken, no funky ingredients, collagen casing (no pork!)

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    Georgianna Dolan-Reilly
    July 12, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I love one pot meals, they’re so simple and this one sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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      July 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

      I love one pot meals too! Mostly because I hate doing dishes!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    July 11, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I am always game for some good cajun food!

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    Chandice Probst
    July 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    This recipe looks SO yummy! It would be perfect for a family of 5 (hint, hint, us!)

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      July 12, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Congrats! and it would be, even though the sausage has some spice, my baby was still able to eat the beans and rice

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    July 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    This looks amazing!! Especially since I don’t feel any of the boxed products are safe for our family. Love the sausage too (First Fresh Fan) πŸ™‚

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      July 12, 2016 at 9:08 am

      I don’t like to use a lot of boxes products either and with the First Fresh Sausage you really don’t need much of any other seasoning πŸ™‚

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    July 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Yummy! This sounds so good! Love red beans and rice … with chicken sausage sounds awesome!

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    Lisa | Garlic + Zest
    July 11, 2016 at 11:36 am

    There would be no leftovers of this in my house! NOLA is one of our favorite food cities — and we consistently gain 5 pounds during every weekend visit! Yikes! These red beans and rice with the sausage look and sound amazing!

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      July 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Lol…you may want to double the recipe then :)…we love New Orleans too….the food, the people…awesome place!

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    The Food Hunter
    July 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I love Louisiana style food. thanks for sharing

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    July 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

    My holy pair would be without the celery, for my kids. Though I suppose if I used it then I’d have more for myself. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, this looks delish! I haven’t had sausage in ages, so I’ll have to keep my eyes open for that brand.

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      July 12, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Lol….I didn’t used to like any of it, but it’s grown on me! The sausage is awesome…if your interested in trying it, send me your info and I’ll get it to the company!

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    July 11, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I love red beans and rice, this just made it better with sausage .. yummy

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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    July 11, 2016 at 10:34 am

    This is such a coincidence! We ate sausage and peppers made with chicken sausage over the weekend at a friend’s house. I wouldn’t have guessed it wasn’t pork and vowed to try to find Italian chicken sausage. Your dish sounds wonderful, and I had to chuckle at the “Holy Pair!”

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    July 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I love how easy these red beans and rice look!


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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 11, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I ate this every day when I was in NOLA and I never get bored. I need to try making it myself now too.

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    Cricket Plunkett
    July 11, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I am obsessed with rice and beans lately, will definitely be making this for lunches!

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