Red beans and rice – the kind you find in neighborhood restaurants and home kitchens all over Louisiana – is an amazing dish. Made from humble ingredients – dried beans, rice, sausage, a few vegetables and herbs – it's a spicy, meaty, smoky and oh-so-hearty comfort food. Its flavor is so rich and complex, it’s hard to believe how easy it is to make, especially if you have an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker.
If you can find andouille sausage, that will give you the most authentic Cajun flavor, but you can use any spicy smoked sausage you like. It’s a versatile dish that’s meant to be made mostly with kitchen staples, the kind of thing you make when you haven’t been grocery shopping for a while. Some people add ham hocks or other meaty chunks to make it even more filling.