Popeyes Red Beans and Rice +Video

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My Popeyes Red Beans and Rice recipe captures that creamy texture and smokey, peppery flavor perfectly. Savor this super delicious side dish!

Popeyes Red Beans and Rice in a bowl

Popeyes™ is known for their delicious, homestyle sides. Sometimes, I look forward to them more than my main meal!

And with my Popeyes red beans and rice recipe, you can save the trip and make it at home.

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Popeyes Red Beans and Rice

Savory red beans and deliciously sauteed peppers and onions over a bed of fluffy grains – my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

What are Popeyes sides usually served with? Chicken! Check out this fried chicken recipe that is super crispy and tasty.

Plus, it has a fraction of the calories since it’s made in the air fryer.

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My McDonald’s apple pie copycat recipe captures the ooey gooey flaky goodness of the retro apple pie in all of its glory.

red beans and rice ingredients in pot

Red Beans and Rice Popeyes Tips and Tricks

  • Just like the real thing. For a more authentic Popeyes beans and rice recipe, run the finished dish through the blender or use an immersion blender to get that classic puree consistency.
  • A little liquid smoke goes a long way! It’s a great way to get a smokey flavor in vegetarian dishes, but don’t overdo it – use ½ teaspoon at first, then add more to taste.
  • Time saving tip: If you make rice often, then you may want to invest in a rice cooker. You’ll save space on the stove and get perfect, fluffy grains every time!
cooked red beans and rice

Popeyes Rice and Beans Serving Suggestions

The original red beans and rice Popeyes recipe is vegetarian, but either a ham hock or andouille sausage would taste amazing in this dish!

You can add the ham hock with everything else, but simmer the pot for at least 1 hour to really get a nice, deep flavor.

With sausage, it’s best to saute it first. Transfer it to a plate when done, cook the vegetables, then add it back in to simmer with the beans.

Popeyes Rice and Beans FAQs

What does liquid smoke taste like?

Well, it’s smokey! It gives a nice charred barbecue taste to your red beans and rice popeyes dish and gives every flavor more depth.

It’s super important to taste test when using it for the first time! Remember: a little goes a long way.

Can I use any kind of rice for this popeyes beans and rice recipe?

I use jasmine to mimic the original Popeyes rice and beans. It’s sticky and clumps well when served. However, you can certainly use another long grain variety in a pinch.

How long do leftovers last in the refrigerator?

Once cooled, this Popeyes red beans and rice dish can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Popeyes Red Beans and Rice + Video

Donna Elick
Popeyes Red Beans and Rice is a Cajun side with creamy texture and smoky, peppery flavor. This copycat recipe replicates it perfectly!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 – 8


  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Tony Chacher’s creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 30 ounce cans of red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Chopped Italian parsley for garnish


  • Add rice, salt, and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook about 30 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  • In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, celery, and bell peppers. Saute for 5-8 minutes or until vegetables are soft and the onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
  • Add tomato paste, red pepper, creole seasoning, and liquid smoke and saute 1-2 minutes.
  • Add beans, chicken stock, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat, and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes total. Remove the lid during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking to reduce overall liquid level. Keep in mind that the beans will thicken as they cool.
  • Serve beans with a scoop of rice and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.


Donna’s Notes

Meat can also be added to this recipe, but Popeye’s does not have meat. A hamhock or Andouille sausage would both be delicious. Saute the sausage before the vegetables, remove from the pot to cook the vegetables, and then add the sausage back in to simmer with the beans. The ham hock can be added along with the beans and chicken stock – simmer the whole pot for at least 1 hour to really get the flavor from the ham hocks integrated into the red beans.
For a more authentic Popeye’s dish, run the finished beans through a blender or use an immersion blender to produce a pureed consistency.
Liquid smoke is a nice alternative for vegetarian versions of this dish. Adjust the amount to taste – a little goes a long way.
Storage: Store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 334cal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1492mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published  February 2022, updated and republished January 2023

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  1. Are those beans kidney beans? Also you said run thru a blender, your pictures dont look like this recipe has been blended. Do you mean run a small portion thru a blender?
    Thank you

    1. You could make this with kidney beans, but the recipe is literally for 'red beans' referring to the name of the beans. I prefer not to blend the beans, but Popeyes does blend theirs so I mentioned that you could blend the finished product to get a more authentic copycat. I hope that helps! Happy Cooking.

  2. 5 stars
    These are awesome, and even better than popeyes. I prefer not to blend them, but that’s just my preference.

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