If you are looking for an easy gluten free dinner with just a few simple ingredients, you will love this easy cajun rice with sausage and beans. It cooks up in under 30 minutes.

This is the meal I make often because my son loves it. This meal is hearty, full of flavor, and you can make a big pot pretty quickly! When he is busy with school and homework, he loves to have something in the refrigerator that is easy to heat up. His homework load is huge and he often grabs leftovers to fuel his studying.

All you need is one pot and a few simple ingredients to make this easy gluten free family dinner recipe.

This is a popular recipe to serve during Mardi Gras. If you are celebrating Mardi Gras, check out my Gluten Free Mardi Gras Recipes.

Why this recipe is great:

  • This cajun rice with sausage is full of healthy ingredients and tastes incredible.
  • You can make this a vegan cajun rice with beans if you omit the sausage.
  • All you need is one pot, so clean-up is so easy!
  • It is naturally gluten free and dairy free.
  • It is a great budget meal! You know how expensive gluten free can be! If you are looking for more easy gluten-free budget-friendly recipes, I have a lot of inexpensive gluten free meal ideas.

Ingredient notes:

Photos of the rice and beans ingredients.
  • Rice – You can use white or brown rice to make this recipe. I typically use Jasmine rice, but any medium-grain rice will work well. Note brown rice will take a bit longer to cook.
  • Sausage – Be sure the sausage you use is gluten free. I like to use Aidelle’s Andouille cajun sausage.
  • Diced tomatoes – I use canned diced tomatoes. Use regular or fire-roasted.
  • Chicken broth or water (not pictured, but you can use either one.)
  • Zatarain’s Cajun Seasoning – This seasoning is gluten free and works really well in this recipe. You can also make homemade cajun seasoning.
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How to make cajun rice and beans:

Photos of the onions, peppers, and sausage cooking in the Dutch oven.

Step 1: In a Dutch oven or large pot, add the oil, onion, and green peppers. Heat over medium heat until the onions start to soften. You can use mini green peppers chopped in rounds, or you can use a big bell pepper.

HINT: You can use any color of bell pepper you like.

Step 2: Add the sausage and cook for 3 minutes.

Photos of the diced tomatoes, beans, rice, and seasonings added to the pot.

Step 3: Add in the diced tomatoes, uncooked rice, rinsed canned beans, and seasonings to the pot.

Step 4: Add in the broth. Stir and cover the pot. Please bring it to a boil, then turn the heat down to low to simmer.

A photo of the cooked rice and beans.

Step 5: Cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Serve it hot.

Variations:

  • Add leftover rotisserie chicken or shrimp towards the end of cooking for a protein boost.
  • Use a different type of bean, like kidney beans or white cannellini beans.
  • Add in some cayenne to make it spicy!

You may also love this one pot Gluten Free Hamburger Helper recipe!

A small bowl filled with cajun rice and beans.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

What andouille sausage is gluten free?

I like to use Aidelle’s sausage. Johnsonville is another good alternative. Always check the labels to ensure the sausage is gluten free.

What goes with cajun rice and beans?

I love to serve either gluten free cornbread or gluten free biscuits with this cajun rice and beans recipe.

How do you thicken rice and beans?

This recipe is not soupy so you do not need any thickener to make it.

Are cajun sausages spicy?

Cajun sausage does have some spice, though the level of spiciness depends on the brand.

How to store cajun rice and beans:

This recipe is easy to store in an air-tight container. It will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This dish can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Note for thawing, heat it in the microwave.

More easy gluten free dinner recipes:

A white serving bowl filled with cajun rice and beans.

Cajun Rice and Beans with Sausage

Sandi Gaertner
A budget friendly delicious cajun rice and beans dish. This makes a hearty meal with lots of yummy leftovers!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 570 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups rice * uncooked, see note
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ cups andouille sausage sliced
  • 15 ounces black beans * rinsed, see note
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • ½ cup bell pepper diced
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 3 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt use up to 1 teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Instructions
 

  • In a Dutch oven or large pot, add the oil, onion, and green peppers. Heat over medium heat until the onions start to soften. You can use mini green peppers chopped in rounds, or you can use a big bell pepper.
  • Add in the sliced sausage and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add in the diced tomatoes, uncooked rice, rinsed canned beans, and seasonings to the pot.
  • Add in the broth and water. Stir and cover the pot. Bring it to a boil, then turn the heat down to low to simmer.
  • Cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Serve it hot.

Notes

  1. You can use any medium grain rice. I like to use Jasmine rice.
  2. Chicken broth can be regular or low-sodium.
  3. Be sure the sausage you use is gluten free. I like to use Aidelle’s brand.
  4. You can use any color bell peppers in this recipe.
  5. Zatarain’s makes a great cajun seasoning that is gluten free. If you use a different one, be sure to read the label to ensure it is gluten free.
  6. You can use any canned bean (kidney, white kidney, pinto, etc.) Just be sure to rinse the beans in a colander before adding them to the pot.
  7. This recipe will keep fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 570kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 24gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 1168mgPotassium: 790mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 993IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 4mg
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    cajun rice & beans – sounded delicious but was even tastier than expected. absolutely delicious. as I live in Spain I had to replace the sausage with chorizo but it was gorgeous. my partner even went back for more. thank you again

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it all the time, with the following changes. I use Italian sausage, and I use a bag of frozen peppers and onions. This recipe is excellent.

  3. Hi, I tried making this and it tasted great but I had trouble with the rice. It didn’t cook through, so I kept adding more broth and cooking longer, and eventually it turned to mush. The only potential issues I see were that I doubled the recipe, only had a non tightly fitting lid on my pot, and that the 1 cup of water wasn’t mentioned in the instructions, so I didn’t put it in. Any thoughts on how to have the rice come out better next time? thanks!

    1. Hi Matthew, Thank you for your note. I haven’t seen this happen. Can I ask what type of rice you used? I typically use Jasmine, but Basmati also works well. Brown rice would need more liquid. I clarified in the ingredients to be more specific when to add the water.

  4. 5 stars
    Simple, easy, and delicious. The ratio of rice to bean was off. Next time I make it (very soon) I will add a second can of beans. I used turkey sausage (worked very well here) because that’s what I had on hand when googling recipes but will use the andouille next time.

  5. 5 stars
    This was a quick and easy recipe to follow that made for a great weeknight meal before kids’ sports practices. We made a batch of cornbread to accompany the meal. It was a hit with all 3 kids and shook up our weekly meal routine.

  6. 5 stars
    DELICOUS! I increased the veggies from the recipe and I couldn’t find andouille sausage at my grocery so I used hot Italian sausage. The flavor expodes! Its even better the second day! No wonder your son loves it! Suggestion.. put a broth pic in the picture ingredients. Luckily I had some bullion to make some broth. I get so busy that I will find a recipe, look at the ingredient requirements as I shop and jump into the recipe when I get home.