Slap Ya Mama Red Beans & Rice with Salsa

In Cajun country, if something is really good, you say, “It’s so good you’ll slap ya mama!”

We like Slap Ya Mama brand Red Beans & Rice from Louisiana, but you can use any rice & bean package mix you prefer. Choose mild or spicy sausage to suit your tastes, or omit it altogether for a vegetarian dish. Use your favourite salsa but stick with a tomato base, not a fruity one.

Serves 2-3 as a main dish.

  • 250 gr (¼ lb) andouille, chorizo, or Italian sausage (mild or spicy), removed from casings and crumbled
  • 1 jar (454gr/16oz) tomato salsa (mild, medium, or hot)
  • 1 box Slap Ya Mama Red Beans & Rice (or your favourite brand)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley, for cilantro-haters)
  • grated or crumbled cheese for garnish (parmesan, feta, or cotija)

Rice & Beans with Chorizo & Salsa

Heat a skillet over medium-high flame and sauté crumbled sausage until cooked through. You shouldn’t need to add any fat. You can add a dash of water if the sausage is sticking to the pan too much.

Rice & Beans with Chorizo & Salsa (3)

Drain liquid from the salsa into a cup and use in place of the water called for in the directions for the rice & beans. Add water to make up the quantity needed, if necessary. Stir the liquid and the rice & beans into the pan with the sausage. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the moisture is absorbed according to the package directions.

Rice & Beans with Chorizo & Salsa (4)

When done, uncover and add half of the jar of salsa (the entire jar if omitting sausage) to the pan; stir. Add the cilantro and gently toss to combine. Remove from heat and serve with cheese over top.

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