2 cans red beans, rinsed- who has all day to wait for dry beans to cook.
1 package of smoked sausage. I used kielbasa- diced.
1 and 1/2 to 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
2 cups hot cooked rice
Get your veggies ready : chop the onion, bell pepper, and celery. I like to chop the ends of the celery (so that some of the leaves get chopped also) instead of pulling off the stalks. Whichever way you choose will work!
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Once it is hot and shimmering, add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery. Saute for 6-8 minutes, until the onions start to become translucent.
Mince the garlic. In a small bowl, combine cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, Cajun seasoning, and sugar.
Add the garlic and spices to the pot and saute for 1-2 minutes, until the kid’s come and ask what’s for dinner?
Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
Add the cups of water and canned beans . Add the bay leaves.
Stir it all together over high heat until it comes to a boil. Turn the heat down to a low simmer, so that it is just barely bubbling.
Cover with a lid and keep it at a low simmer for 30 to 45 minutes . About halfway through the cooktime, either remove the lid or tilt it so that the beans can vent.
10 minutes before the beans are done, add 1-2 teaspoons salt. Only if needed
Before serving , taste the beans. They should be tender and flavorful