Monday’s Favorite Meal
For nearly 200 years, Red Beans & Rice has been a dish held dear in the hearts of Louisianans. Now, with today’s hectic schedules and tighter budgets, it’s more relevant —and practical— than ever. Read on to learn the history of Monday’s favorite meal, and discover why it deserves to be on your family’s weekly menu.
Shop the Best. Serve the Best.
Say hello to a delicious duo of iconic Louisiana brands: Cajun Country Rice and Camellia Beans. When it comes to making an unforgettable bowl of Red Beans & Rice, these two will deliver an authentic dish every time. Look for them in a grocery store near you!
Teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank and Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, these brands are on a mission to bring Red Beans & Rice to tables across Louisiana. For every purchase of their red beans and rice products at participating retailers from September 12 to October 28, 2022, Cajun Country Rice and Camellia Beans will make donations to area food banks with the goal of providing 100,000 meals to families in need.
Discover the Dish
While the tradition of Red Beans & Rice has a direct connection to New Orleans, it’s a dish that truly lends itself to any palate. No matter your skill level, this meal is easy to learn, easier to cook and perfect for adding unique touches to make it your own. Explore our collection of recipe variations, and find one that fits you!
From New Orleans to Your Plate
Back in the 19th century, Monday was laundry day for the average New Orleans family. It was a busy day — one that called for hours of hands-on work and didn’t leave much time for cooking big dinners. But in New Orleans, there’s no such thing as a small dinner.
Families needed a recipe that didn’t require a lot of attention, was inexpensive and easy to make. Something that could make use of ham hock bones, sausage or other meats in the kitchen was ideal. All it took was the kidney bean’s arrival from Haiti and a little Southern creativity, and voila! Red Beans & Rice was born.
With each passing Monday, the tradition grew stronger as more and more families fell in love with the simplicity it brought to their busy schedules. New variations cropped up over time as each household gave the recipe their unique spin: A new sausage variety here. A different grain of rice there. From different spice combinations to garnish options and more, the dish became as diverse as the city of New Orleans itself.
Today, it’s still a beloved Southern staple, and for good reason: Making something delicious to share with the people you love will never be easier than a steaming bowl of Red Beans & Rice.