Copycat Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Just got off the phone with my mom– she mentioned that dad loves this stuff, but it’s so expensive, she wanted to try making it from scratch.

So I went looking.


I love it when folks go and get meticulous– and then share the results.

Heartily Homemade

My family has always loved Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice. I have often thought it would be really neat to be able to make a homemade version without all the chemicals in it. So today I went ahead and created a recipe that is almost identical to the box version.

Here is the final product…


On the left is the homemade dish and on the right side is the dish that is made from the box.

I started out by meticulously separating all the ingredients from the box.


That took a few hours but it saved me from having to make tons of batches just to figure out what the ratios were. The craziest thing was that everything measured out precisely. There was a half cup of beans, a half cup of rice, one tablespoon of minced onions, one and a half teaspoons of bell peppers, and four tablespoons of…

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Author: Foxfier

Former sailor, current geek, conservative, mother and practicing Catholic. Refugee from the Seattle blob. (No, we DIDN'T vote for those taxes!) Elf is my husband, our kids are Princess, Duchess, Baron, Empress, Chief, the Contessa, and the 7th Son.

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