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! via @foodhussyPopeye’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! via @foodhussy

Popeye’s Red Beans & Rice is one of my favorite take-out side dishes and making at home is SO SIMPLE!!! This Copycat Popeye’s recipe has creamy red beans with a slightly smoky flavor topped with fluffy white rice – the perfect side!

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It’s so easy! First – start your rice! You can use any white rice – I used Uncle Ben’s Converted White Rice – it takes a while to cook – but it ends up being the same amount of time you need for the beans!

Next up – the easiest part! Dump two cans of red beans in a sauce pan and start heating them up. As they’re heating – grab your potato masher and start mashing. You don’t want to mash them all! You still need some bean pieces.

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Then you’ll add the rest of your ingredients – including the bacon fat – and thicken it up. As you cook it – uncovered – it’ll reduce and thicken up.

Once it’s thick – your rice should be done and you’re ready to serve! the bacon fat and liquid smoke are definitely the keys to success here – so don’t skip either ingredient!

This recipe is one I’m going to be making all the time!!! I couldn’t believe how easy it was and delicious. I had the leftovers for lunch a couple of days! This makes four servings – and it reheats perfectly in the microwave. It’s so good!

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