This Dirty Red Beans and Rice is a slightly spicy side dish recipe that can easily be turned into a Cajun-inspired main dish with the help of some andouille sausage!
A couple weeks ago I was cruising the grocery store trying to find some inspiration for a side dish to go with some grilled chicken we were having that night for dinner.
I spotted a package of Dirty Red Beans and Rice. I picked up the tiny pouch and studied the ingredients. I thought to myself, this wouldn’t feed my family of 6, and then I thought, heck, why don’t I just make my own version from scratch!?
So I did just that!
It doesn’t take long to whip up this tasty side dish.
I took direction from my Easy Mexican Rice and just tweaked the flavor profile to match that down-south feel.
I’m obsessed with cajun spices right now. I just posted this Cajun Chicken Pasta (which is all made in one skillet too), and I can’t get enough of it!
You need to jump on this spice train with me! Toot toot!
After I made this easy side dish, I realized that I could very easily make this a main course by simply adding some sliced andouille sausage to the skillet while I’m sautéing the onion!
Here’s a pro tip when making any skillet rice dish – TOAST THE RICE!
When you slightly toast the rice before adding the liquid it helps the rice to not become sticky and clumpy when cooked. Leaving you with a fluffy rice pilaf that your family with keep coming back for more!
I like to toast my rice right in the skillet, after I’ve sautéed my onion and red bell pepper. I’ll throw in my spices and let those get a little toasty too. It helps to bring out all the aromatic flavors.
Whether you serve this as a side dish or a main dish, you’re going to love all the flavors and ease of this delicious recipe!