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Easy Black Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage

This easy Black Beans and Rice recipe is a dinner you can whip up quickly on a busy weeknight. Black beans, smoked sausage and rice is a winning combination every time!

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Black Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage

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Reclaiming the Kitchen

Earlier, I shared with you some tips to reclaim your kitchen and told you what is working for me. This #ReclaimtheKitchen topic has been a great journey for me to share with you.

Because a part of reclaiming the kitchen is cooking together with family and friends, I wanted to share with you a few last tips for connecting with your kids in the kitchen. You can use plenty of these tips as you prepare this easy black beans and rice recipe.

Many times I want my kids to play outside or do something quietly while I’m cooking dinner. The task usually gets done faster that way, but I try really hard to make a point to spend some time each week connecting with them in the kitchen.

Sometimes it might be just having them sit at one of the stools at the counter and talk to me about their day or whatever is on their mind while I cook. Other times it is great to have them cook alongside me. Either way it does make the cooking process more enjoyable (even if it takes a little more time or effort) because I’m spending time with some of my favorite people in the world.

How to Involve Kids in Dinner Preparation

Here are a few tasks kids can do to be involved in kitchen preparations. Older kids can participate in any of the tasks listed for ages younger than they are. And of course, everything should be done with adult supervision and according to your assessment of your child’s readiness.

The great thing is that the earlier you start, the more proficient your kids become. Eventually dinner will be a breeze to whip up with all of the helping hands that you’ll have in the kitchen.

Ages 5-6

  • Helping to knead bread, helping to roll out pie crust, cutting out cookies, tearing lettuce for salad, snapping the ends off of green beans, rinsing vegetables in a colander.
  • Pressing the button on food processors or blenders, pouring pre-measured ingredients or observing as you prepare a recipe.

Ages 7-8

  • Measuring ingredients, such as flour, spices, or sugar.
  • Stirring batters.
  • Reading recipes and setting out the appropriate ingredients for the recipe.
  • Greasing pans with butter.

Ages 9-10

  • Peeling vegetables, such as potatoes or carrots.
  • Reading recipe instructions and explaining what steps come next. Assisting in shaping rolls.

Ages 10+

  • Sautéing onion and celery for a stuffing recipe.
  • Chopping vegetables for soup.
  • Rolling a pie crust on their own.
  • Preparing simple recipes with supervision rather than assistance.

With these simple tasks, you’re teaching your kids important skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It’s also another great opportunity to spend time together and connecting over a fun activity.

Reclaim the Kitchen - Cook Together

Black Beans and Rice Ingredients

To wrap things up, I wanted to share with you a super quick but tasty black beans and rice recipe. This is the perfect recipe that you can use when you might be feeling like you need a little extra help reclaiming your kitchen.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe for black beans, smoked sausage and rice:

  • Rice
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Butter
  • Smoked sausage
  • Green bell pepper
  • Garlic
  • Spices
  • Canned black beans
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Black Beans and Rice

This easy black beans and rice recipe doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare, and if you have little ones it is an easy one for them to help out with. Kiddos can open the cans, drain the beans, or sauté onions and peppers (Madeline loves to help me with this!).

Here’s how I like to make this easy black beans and rice recipe:

  1. Prepare the rice with butter according to package instructions.
  2. Sauté the onion and sausage in an oiled skillet until tender.
  3. Add the bell pepper and garlic and continue cooking.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients, followed by the cooked rice.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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Can I Omit the Sausage?

If you’re vegetarian or prefer not to eat smoked sausage, you’re welcome to omit it. Otherwise I highly recommend including the smoked sausage as it really bulks up this dish and packs in tons of flavor.

Can I Prep This in Advance?

Definitely. This easy black beans and rice recipe make a hearty dish that can withstand being made in advance and reheated later. Just note that you may need to add a splash of water when reheating the black beans, smoked sausage and rice to prevent the mixture from drying out.

Tips for Making Black Bean and Rice

You can use any rice you’d like in this smoked sausage dinner recipe. Just keep in mind that some varieties of rice take longer to cook than others, so you’ll need to account for the cook time before beginning this recipe.

If you can’t find chili beans in sauce where you live, you’re welcome to use regular canned black beans instead. Consider adding a teaspoon of chili powder to make up for it.

I prefer making dishes like this black beans and rice recipe in my Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round Braiser. In general, cast iron pots are great to use for stove-top recipes since cast iron conducts heat more evenly than other skillets.

Reader Reviews for This Black Beans and Rice Recipe

“So easy to prepare and taste awesome. Looked for recipe because my son, 15, said he had a dish like this at a scout camp. So to combine rice and smoked sausage and having him to like is great too. Thanks”

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What Goes with Black Beans and Rice?

A side salad is what goes best with this recipe for Black Beans and Rice.

A side salad doesn’t have to be fancy at all. For a simple side salad to go with these Black Beans and Rice, we use mixed greens, lettuce, cucumber, shredded carrot, and tomato. Try some of these 3 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes to go along with your salad.

More Smoked Sausage Recipes:

This Sweet and Sour Sausage is packed with veggies and flavored with the most amazing homemade sweet and sour sauce.

Smoky Black Bean Soup is made with andouille sausage and has the most incredible smoky flavor. Perfect when the weather is colder!

If you love this black beans and rice recipe, you’ll definitely enjoy this Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage as well. It’s another easy recipe that’s great on busy weeknights.

This Smoked Sausage Jambalaya comes together in under an hour. Bonus: it uses just one pan, which means fewer dishes to clean!

What easy meals help you reclaim your kitchen?

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Black Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage

Easy Black Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Easy Black Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage is a dinner you can whip up quickly on a busy weeknight!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 smoked sausage, sliced in half moons
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cans Black Chili Beans with sauce
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare rice with butter according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large stove top casserole dish or cast iron pot. I like my Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round Braiser for this. It is a very versatile piece.
  3. Add the onion and sausage and saute for 5 minutes, until tender and fragrant.
  4. Add the bell pepper and garlic. Saute for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Then stir in the cumin and oregano. Saute for an additional minute.
  6. Add the black chili beans with sauce, drained black beans, and fire roasted tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir well. Simmer for 20 minutes on low, stirring periodically.
  8. Stir rice into bean and sausage mixture and serve.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 364Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 11mgSodium 867mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 8gSugar 6gProtein 12g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Tammy Cathey

Friday 7th of December 2018

So easy to prepare and taste awesome. Looked for recipe because my son, 15, said he had a dish like this at a scout camp. So to combine rice and smoked sausage and having him to like is great too. Thanks

Amberly

Monday 26th of November 2018

I think this dish will pair perfectly with the cold front that just blew in! Can't wait to try it! I have to say how much I love that you took the time to suggest skills for various ages. Very cool!

LaVonne

Saturday 16th of May 2015

Thank you, Katie, for your delicious recipe for black beans and rice. I will be fixing this today! Yum! May you enjoy a wonderful weekend and be blessed in every way.