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Popeyes Red Beans and Rice

Copycat Popeye's red beans and rice recipe is a simple, flavorful meal. Red beans are cooked with bacon and spices and served with fluffy white rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red beans and rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 458kcal
Author: Heather


  • 2 cups uncooked white long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 2 15 oz cans red beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke


  • In a large saucepan or pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add rice and butter and lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  • Add chopped bacon a large deep skillet or saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir until bacon starts to crisp. ( If you don't want bacon in the beans, carefully remove the bacon bits but leave the bacon grease. )
  • Pour in whole cans of red beans. Using a potato masher, mash some of the beans but leave some of them whole.
  • Pour in water, garlic salt, onion powder, creole seasoning, and liquid smoke. Stir to combine.
  • Let simmer for 15 minutes or until beans start to soften. Make sure to stir so that the beans don't stick.
  • Serve beans in a bowl with a scoop of rice on top.



  • The rice takes about the same time to cook as the beans so start the rice before cooking the beans.
  • Mashing some of the red beans helps to thicken the mixture and make it creamy. You can mash them right in the pan but try leaving a few of the whole.
  • Popeye's version does not have meat so feel free to remove the chopped bacon. Just make sure to leave the grease in the pan.
  • If you want to add a little extra heat, stir in a few splashes of hot sauce or 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • Some recipes uses ham hocks to add smoky flavor.
  • Feel free to use your favorite rice. You can even use brown rice or cauliflower rice. Just cook according to package instructions.


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg