How Do You Red Bean?

Red Beans and rice is all about tradition and community. As one of New Orleans number one comfort foods, it’s one of the best meals to eat with family and friends. In fact, if you ask any native New Orleanian who has the best red beans and rice in town, they will probably tell you it’s either their mother or grandmother – perhaps there’s also a friend that makes a killer pot and invites everyone over.

As all the home cooks are slow cooking their pot of red beans, so are the bars, diners, and corner restaurants. For those that don’t have time to soak their beans (or who forgot), there is always a spot around town to grab a bowl of the Monday favorite.

It’s no secret that I love red beans and rice. I want to make an ‘as authentic’ pot of red beans as I can while being outside of the Crescent City. To get the true flavor you have to be inside the city, right? So I started asking around. “How Do You Red Bean?” Everyone I asked not only shared what they put in their pot of red beans, but also shared where the best place in New Orleans is to get a bowl if you can’t make a pot at home. Each of the participants in my red bean questionnaire – which musician Paul Sanchez has called, “a uniquely New Orleans series” – offered different tips, ingredients, sides, what to eat with it and what they think of eating red beans on the traditional Monday.

Each of the following people has a great story to share. Everyone comes from different backgrounds. Not all of them were born in Southern Louisiana, but have adopted the famous Monday tradition. And with all the differences they bring to the table, one thing is the same: their love of red beans and rice on a Monday!

Join us around the table as they answer, “How Do You Red Bean?”

John Besh talks red beans and rice with Red Beans & Eric. He also shares his recipe!CHEF JOHN BESH

Growing up in southern Louisiana, John Besh was always around hunting, fishing, family and cooking. At age 9, Besh began helping in the kitchen and cooking for his siblings. After putting his own unique spin on the recipes he was cooking from, he was encouraged to continue to cook. {continue reading…}



If you were into the rock and roll scene of the 1990’s you have probably heard of the band, Cowboy Mouth.  They had the catchy hit song, “Jenny Says” that played over and over on the radio all across the United States.  Paul Sanchez was one of the founding members of the band in 1990 and played with them up until 2006. {continue reading…}

Lolis Eric Elie talks red beans and rice with Red Beans and Eric.LOLIS ERIC ELIE

New Orleans is a place for storytellers.  Ask anyone there, or even one outside of the city who simply loves it, and they’ll have some anecdote for you about the Crescent City.  The story can be about the food, the music, or the culture.  It can be a comedy, a tragedy, or an autobiography filled with fantasy, drama, and history.  But one thing you’ll undoubtedly hear in all the stories, for better or worse, is what New Orleans is really about. {continue reading…}

Devin De Wulf, HOW DO YOU RED BEAN? Visit to find out!DEVIN DE WULF

In 2008, Devin Meyers had an idea: he wanted to celebrate red beans and rice and its cultural impact on New Orleans. He invited some friends over and convinced them that having a red bean parade would be just the way to do it. They all agreed and the Krewe of Red Beans was born. {continue reading…}

Professor Carl Nivale, HOW DO YOU RED BEAN? Find out at www.RedBeansAndEric.comPROFESSOR CARL NIVALE

Carnival season means two things: King Cakes and Professor Carl Nivale. For over 20 years Professor Carl Nivale has appeared on WWL-TV as the morning show’s Mardi Gras expert. He covers everything from the historical aspects of carnival along with trivia, facts and stories. {continue reading…}


There’s no greater smell than a pot of red beans and rice cooking on the stove. If you are in need of inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. This is the collection of red beans and rice recipes that I have shared here on the website.

Chef John Besh's Red Beans & Rice
Chef John Besh’s Red Beans & Rice
Devin De Wulf’s Red Beans to Feed the Krewe
A healthy bowl of Peppery Red Beans & Rice by!
RB&E’s Healthy Peppery Red Beans & Rice


Angry Red Beans & Rice

Forgotten Red Beans & Rice

My Famous Red Beans & Rice

Pops Red Beans & Rice

Pride of New Orleans Red Beans & Rice


Professor Carl Nivale’s Red Beans & Rice

Professor Carl Nivale’s Vegan Red Beans & Rice


Share your famous red beans and rice recipe with everyone! I’d love to see how you make your and might want to try making it myself.

To participate, besides sharing your recipe, I want to read about why you make the red beans and rice that you do. I want to read about where this recipe came from, memories of making it and enjoying it with your family and friends.

Share in the glory of red beans and rice! Let’s make this the BIGGEST collection of red beans and rice recipes anywhere.

It all starts with you.