Last year I celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and while we had Cajun food all over the city the most memorable was a styrofoam cup full of gumbo that we bought out of the back of a van at 3am. I was surprised #1 that we didn’t die, and #2 that it actually tasted delicious! So this year in honor of upcoming Mardi Gras I made my Cajun Red Beans & Rice recipe so that I could have delicious Cajun food right here in New York City.
To make, you’ll need:
1 pound ground beef
1 pound sausage
8 oz package of wild rice
10 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can kidney beans
Salt & pepper
Begin by cooking the sausage in a pan about 5 minutes on each side until you’re able to slice it.
Then slice the sausage into 1-2 centimeter pieces and finish cooking the meat.
When the sausage is nearly done, add the ground beef and cook until everything is browned.
Then drain the meat and set it aside.
In a large pan, combine the rice, tomatoes and kidney beans with 2 cups of water.
Add as much or as little Cajun seasoning as you want. Obviously the more you add the hotter the dish will be (and the more authentic)!
Then add the meat plus a little bit of salt and pepper and simmer for about 15 minutes until it goes from this:
Once most of the water is gone and the rice is done cooking you’re ready to serve! Grab some beads and masks and go all out!
And while you’re eating, feel free to check out my New Orleans travel posts:
Mardi Gras in New Orleans (this has everything that you need to know if you’re headed down south for the celebrations)
Mardi Gras Parades (there are dozens of parades during Mardi Gras so make sure that you don’t miss the best ones)
Endymion Extravaganza (this is one of the craziest nights of Mardi Gras)
Rex Ball (most locals have to watch this elite ball on TV but I got to attend in person)
Happy Mardi Gras!