janet @ the taste space

Quick & Easy Cajun Red Beans and Rice

In Mains (Vegetarian) on August 19, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Quick & Easy Cajun Red Beans and Rice

Sorry for a not-too-appealing photo, but trust me, this was very tasty. This was the other meal we packed for our travels.. aka, we made with the remnants in my fridge in Houston but it tasted downright delicious. Quick and easy, I used the last of the vegan chorizo, leftover rice and emptied the can of small red beans I had been saving in the cupboard. A bit of tomato paste to make it saucy and a dash of Old Bay seasoning to complement the flavours from the chorizo.

After it tasted so good, I also had to photograph it in Africa. While dreaming up a descriptive name, I realized it was uncannily similar to Cajun Rice and Beans. In my mind, I must have known the flavours were akin to my previous Southern black eyed peas with tomatoes, where I also substituted Old Bay for Cajun seasoning. Perhaps a mirepoix of celery and bell pepper (and less tomato) would make this more authentic, but for shear simplicity and flavour, this was great.

Do you prefer authentic recipes or simply delicious recipes?? 🙂

I am sharing this with Speedy Suppers.

Quick & Easy Cajun Red Beans and Rice

1 tbsp coconut oil, or oil of choice
1 link of vegan chorizo sausage (homemade or store-bought, pick one that slices nicely aka not from Trader Joe’s)
6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, or to taste (make your own with this recipe or this recipe)
2 cups cooked small red beans, rinsed and drained if canned

1. In a medium-large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Once hot, add vegan sausage. Stir occasionally, allowing it to warm up and brown slightly around 5-10 minutes.

2. Stir in the tomato pasta and Old Bay seasoning. Continue to cook until heated through and browned slightly. Stir in the beans and cook until heated through, around 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Serves 3-4.


  1. I make recipes as authentic as I can given what ingredients are reasonable to purchase… but deliciousness is my number one priority 🙂 I love red beans and rice – this looks great!

  2. Old Bay Seasoning is one of my favorite spices! Your Cajun Red Beans & Rice looks yum, I want this with plantains and gravy, mmm! I prefer both: authentic and simply delicious! Why not enjoy authentic dishes that are also delicious?!

  3. I really like authentic recipes… but sometimes you just need to go with simple. Those can be good too. And this one looks fantastic!

  4. I am looking at this and my mouth is watering, love the colours and the flavours. Time for me to make some homemade vegan chorizo!

  5. I’m such a sucker for beans & rice =) I may try it with crumbled tempeh. Mmmm.

  6. Mmmh, this sounds perfect. Following the a grain, a green, a bean thought I’d probably add whatever vegetable I have at hand but other than that the recipe looks really good. I didn’t grow up with the classic Cajun Rice and Beans because they’re not a classic over here. But as a vegetarian I’ve grown to be -very- fond of grain + bean dishes and the addition of vegan chorizo is bringing even more warming heartiness to the dish. Haha, okay, I guess I should just try it.

  7. Thanks for hooking up with Speedy Suppers for August… my husband is a vegetarian and so i’m very curious about vegan chorizo… sounds amazing!!! Great recipe, it’s going on the list 🙂

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: