Copycat Popeyes Red Beans and Rice Recipe and Video

Popeyes Red Beans and Rice came in direct response to many people’s requests. You can enjoy Cajun food when you are not in New Orleans.

Please use good-quality rice with this. We did not like the results with Minute Rice, but Success Rice boil-in-the-bag did come out well. You will be able to make Popeye’s Red Beans and Rice at home with this recipe.

Homemade copycat Popeyes Red Beans and Rice in a bowl next to dinner rolls.

Popeyes Red Beans and Rice

Whether you call these beans and rice, or rice and beans, this dish is a staple in the South. My family moved to Texas when I was in high school and we enjoyed red beans and rice many times when growing up.

This is an easy recipe to make, and it is very filling. Popeyes is known for their red beans and rice, here is my personal Popeyes copycat version of this classic Southern dish.

The actual red beans and rice served at Popeyes does not contain any meat. If you are vegetarian you can prepare these beans with about 1/4 teaspoon of liquid smoke.

I prefer making these with smoked ham hocks. I think smoked ham hocks give a full rich flavor that you will enjoy. If you do not wish to use them, please omit and use the liquid smoke for your recipe.

The ingredients for Popeyes Red Beans and Rice copycat recipe.

Please note this recipe does feature the use of ham hocks for the smoke flavoring. I feel this is superior to liquid smoke that you find in grocery stores. The recipe from Popeyes is meat-free. Popeyes Red Beans and Rice is my copycat version of this recipe, and I think the best home cook results are made with the ham hocks.

This recipe does vary from the restaurant preparation. These beans will make an excellent side dish, or even a main dish. You will love to recreate this New Orleans favorite fast food restaurant recipe at home.

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Homemade copycat Popeyes Red Beans and Rice in a bowl next to dinner rolls.

Popeyes Red Beans and Rice

You can make amazing red beans and rice like Popeyes.
4.47 from 30 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Popeyes Red Beans and Rice, Red Beans and Rice Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10
Calories: 365kcal


  • 3 cans red beans
  • 1 smoked ham hock (1/2 to 3/4 pound) (you can omit, use 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke)
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups long grain rice, cooked for serving


  • Pour 2 of the cans of beans into a 2-quart saucepan and add the ham hock and water. Simmer on medium heat for an hour, until the meat starts to loosen from the bone.
  • Remove from the heat and cool until the hock is cool enough so you can remove the meat from the bone.
  • Place the meat, beans, and liquid from the pot in a food processor. Add the onion powder, garlic salt, red pepper, salt, and lard. Process for only 4 seconds. The beans should be chopped and the liquid thick.
  • Drain the remaining can of beans and add to the processor. Process for just a second or two; you want these beans to remain almost whole.
  • Pour everything back into the pan and cook slowly on low heat, stirring often, until you’re ready to serve. Serve over a premium long-grain rice.



Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Toni

    3 stars
    The recipe as printed really comes out quite bland. To a DOUBLE recipe, I added a quarter cup each of onions and celery and a whole clove of garlic pulse together in the food processor plus a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper and two to three tablespoons of taco sauce. Now it tastes like Popeyes.

      • TheSocialGadfly

        How so? Processed pork products, such as ham hock and bacon, derive their flavor from smoke and salt, both of which are vegan-friendly. As such, vegans who wish to replicate popular dishes while maintaining their compassionate lifestyle may do so by substituting vegan-friendly ingredients and methods of processing. I don’t see how this is “lowkey disrespectful.” If anything is “lowkey disrespectful,” it’s your comment.

  2. Neka

    4 stars
    I love Red beans. This recipe is a great starter. I did not use the cans of beans i used a 16 oz dry bag of small red beans and frozen ham left over from Thanksgiving. I put the Ham and beans in the crock pot on low. After 2 hours I put in the seasons in this recipe. I also added extra seasons such as 1tsp of Tony’s Creole seasoning, a tsp of Cumin and a small chopped onion. I let it cook slow for 4 more hours. Checked all of the boxes for me. Thanks.

  3. Linda

    I made the red beans and rice today and it did not taste anything like Popeyes! I knew it was missing something so I added a little chili powder and it was better.

  4. Sasha

    5 stars
    I doubled all of the seasonings except for the salt and red pepper flakes. I also cooked the beans with 3 bay leaves and 2 ham hocks, not 1. SO good! I absolutely adore this!!

  5. Victoria S

    I have never cooked with ham hocks b4 so I did not realize I should not put the skin in so I ended up with a bunch of chewy pieces in my food. I wish the video and recipe matched. Overall, it was fine tasting, but I felt like the recipe was truly missing something.

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