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.
- 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.
I love this Dutch oven. It is perfect for cooking one-pot meals! It is easy to clean as well.
How to make cajun rice and beans:
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 in the sausage and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
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. Bring it to a boil, then turn the heat down to low to simmer.
Step 5: Cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Serve it hot.
- 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!
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
I like to use Aidelle's sausage. Johnsonville is another good alternative. Always check the labels to ensure the sausage is gluten free.
I love to serve either gluten free cornbread or gluten free biscuits with this cajun rice and beans recipe.
This recipe is not soupy so you do not need any thickener to make it.
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:
- Gluten Free Paella
- Padron Pepper Chili
- Gluten Free Air Fryer Catfish
- One Pot Gluten Free Italian Pasta
Cajun Rice and Beans with Sausage
- 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
- 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. 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.
- You can use any medium grain rice. I like to use Jasmine rice.
- Chicken broth can be regular or low-sodium.
- Be sure the sausage you use is gluten free. I like to use Aidelle's brand.
- You can use any color bell peppers in this recipe.
- 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.
- 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.
- This recipe will keep fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
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.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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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.
Serving this with cornbread is such a great idea. I am so glad everyone loved it!
I made this a few days ago using Italian sausage, because I didn't have any Andouille. It was awesome.
I am so glad the Italian sausage worked! Thank you for coming back to let us know so others can make this switch if needed.
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.
I am so glad you loved the recipe, Mike. Thank you so much for coming back to let me know. I love you add more veggies to this. I need to try that next time!
Wow Sandi, this recipe looks so good! And I know my hubby would love it too!
Thank you so much Leslie. My hubby loves it too!
What is the 1 cup of water for?
I use it with the chicken broth. The rice absorbs the liquid while this cooks.