Ummm Good: Popeye's red beans and rice??

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I love Popeye's red beads and rice. I can never achieve the smokey flavor! Well...I just bought at Randalls (Safeway family) a can of "Glory" brand Red Beans and Rice...New Orleans Style...for 1.29.

WOW..it tastes just the same!

1/2 cup serving (120 g) = 90 calories, 0.5g fat, 0mg chol, 680mg sodium, 18g carbs, and 3g dietary fiber, and 1g sugar, 5g protein.
IT also provides 4% daily calcium and 8% iron!

So, if you eat the entire can, multiply by 3.

Tulsa, OK(Zone 7a)

isn't that high for sodium..?? i cook up own. my husband thought better but been 4 yrs since cooked it..lol. can be simpler.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Regrettable, it's correct....mil. grams...does that make a diff...not grams? Do you think it's the salt that makes it taste so good?

I checked and my diet coke that I drink about 1 a day of...only has 40 mg...YIKES....thanks for bringing this to my attention! :)

Clifton, TX

Having lived in the deep south for 34 years.. I cooked up a lot of red beans and rice.

I put in onion, garlic and bell pepper. Creole seasoning and smoked sausage.

The biggest secret though is to make sure you cook them till barely any beans are left whole. Creamy.

I hail originally from Texas though and they do pinto beans here.
I've recently started putting a can of rotel tomatoes in mine.. just one. that makes them have just a little zing.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Georgart...
The beans at Popeye's are VERY smokey tasting...do you think that's from the smoked sausage (I never get a "hunk" of sausage from their beans) or a flavoring that can be bought?

Clifton, TX

you can buy smoke in a bottle, but I am afraid of that.. it's really easy to get too much.
I would put the smoked sausage in the pan and boil it for a while. chop it up small if you don't want a piece.. or add some smokey bacon. I usually always add some salt pork, but smoky bacon would be good too.

San Tan Valley, AZ(Zone 9b)

Popeye's Red Beans and Rice are my favorite! I also posted and inquiry about this subject and got some interesting responses that you might find interesting... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/683638/ I'm going to stop at Safeway and see if they carry the Glory brand here. Thanks for the tip.

Parkville, MD(Zone 6b)

I too love Popeye's red beans and rice,and after reading this thread tried the Glory brand of red beans n rice. I found that they were the nearest to the Popeye's in flavor, but was just a little salty for my taste. I plan to try to cook my own. Thanks for the suggestions about the smoked sausage and bacon.

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Clifton, TX

I dunno.. though I was raised in Texas and Mississippi where it's only 70 mi from New Orleans.. and Monday is rice and beans day still. Literally, in the schools they still do rice and beans on Mondays, when confronted with a choice between red beans and something else.. I choose something else.
I try and cook pintos at least once a week, as we live with my folks and my job is cooking the main meals. I like them.. sometimes even love them, but I never order them out.

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