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All-Day Red Beans & Rice

My family loves New Orleans-style cooking, so I make this authentic dish often. I appreciate how uncomplicated it is. And its smoky ham flavor is scrumptious. —Celinda Dahlgren, Napa, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 8-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup dried red beans
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice


  • Sort beans and rinse in cold water. Place beans in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add 4 cups water; cover and let stand overnight.
  • Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to slow cooker; add the ham hocks, onion, garlic, cumin and remaining water. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.
  • Remove ham hocks; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones. Finely chop meat and return to slow cooker; discard bones. Stir in the tomato, pepper and salt; cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until pepper is tender. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled bean mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 bean mixture with 2/3 cup rice: 297 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 12g fiber), 17g protein

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