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Copycat Popeye's Red Beans & Rice

Copycat Popeye's Red Beans and Rice

Popeye’s Red Beans & Rice is one of my favorite take-out side dishes and making it at home is SO SIMPLE!!!! Creamy red beans with a slightly smoky flavor topped with fluffy white rice – the perfect side!
4 from 276 votes
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 6
Calories 428 kcal



  • 2 16-oz cans red beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 3 tbsp bacon fat
  • 2 cups cooked white rice drained


  • Start the rice. I’m using Uncle Bens Converted White Rice. Boil 1.5 cups water, 1/2 cup rice, 1 Tbsp butter. Once boiling, turn heat to low for 20 minutes. 
  • Pour 2 cans of beans (juice and all) into a large saucepan. Add water, onion powder, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt, liquid smoke and bacon fat.
  • Use a potato masher partially mash the beans and ingredients together. Don’t mash them all – you still want some chunks of bean.
  • Cook slowly over medium heat until thick and water is evaporated – about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so beans don’t stick.
  • When rice is done, remove from heat and let sit for five minutes to fluff up and absorb remaining water.
  • Once the beans and rice are done cooking, remove them both from the heat.
  • To stay authentic to Popeyes, serve the rice over the bean mixture



Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 428kcalCarbohydrates: 76.2gProtein: 13.4gFat: 7.4gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 834mgPotassium: 513mgFiber: 10.1gSugar: 3.4gCalcium: 61mgIron: 5mg
Keyword beans, copycat, popeyes, rice
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