red beans & rice or chili, using canned beans

Continuing answer to question on comment: I don’t guess it would hurt to use canned beans if you can find them on sale for 2 or 3 for $1.00. Using dry beans is more economical since they cost about $1.00 compared to about $2.00 or more for the same amount of beans, canned. But if you find them on sale, I don’t see why they wouldn’t work just as well.

Here’s how I would prepare them:

Saute the onions, bell peppers in a large skillet or dutch oven; then add fresh or canned or frozen tomatoes and about 3-4 cans of beans (light red would work better than red).  Add about 2 cans of water. Add spices, stir and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent any sticking that might occur. Serve over rice.

You can make chili using this same recipe only substitute ground meat in place of sausage. Omit 1 can of water. Also add a package of chili seasoning or ground (approx.1 T). And add a small can of tomato paste or sauce OR about a 1/2 cup ketchup. The only spice I would omit is the oregano. Replace this with Cumin. Some like it hot…LOL You can add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to either of these dishes…Or use Rotel or store brand tomatoes with chili peppers in them.

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