Red Beans and Rice – Instant Pot

Copycat for Popeye’s red beans and rice.


  • 2 TBSP bacon grease or olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 16 oz. dried red beans
  • 1/2 TBSP liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 6 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. cooked rice


  1. Place Instant Pot on saute. Once Instant Pot reaches “HOT”, add olive oil, garlic, and onions, and saute for a few minutes.
  2. Then add the dry beans (no need to presoak), broth, liquid smoke, and seasonings and stir everything.
  3. Place on manual High Pressure for 90 Minutes.
  4. Do a natural release for 20 minutes.
  5. If you want creamier beans either smash some beans with the back of a large spoon, use an immersion blender, or remove some of the beans and liquid and and place in a blender or food processer and pulse until desired consistency and then add back to the Instant Pot and mix to combine.
  6. Serve over rice.

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