Red Beans & Smoked Turkey

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Red beans and smoked turkey is a hearty and flavorful dish that’s a staple in Southern cuisine. The smoky flavor of the turkey pairs perfectly with the rich and creamy red beans. Here’s how you can make this comforting recipe:


  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 1 pound smoked turkey parts (legs, wings, or neck)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • Cooked white rice, for serving
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish


  1. Soak the Beans:
    • The night before, rinse the dried red beans and place them in a large bowl. Cover them with water and let them soak overnight. Drain and rinse the beans before using.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics:
    • In a large pot, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened and the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the Turkey and Spices:
    • Add the smoked turkey parts to the pot, along with the minced garlic, bay leaves, dried thyme, dried oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Sauté for a few minutes to infuse the flavors.
  4. Add Beans, Broth, and Water:
    • Add the soaked and drained red beans to the pot. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and water. Stir well to combine.
  5. Simmer:
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the beans and turkey simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beans are tender and creamy.
  6. Shred the Turkey:
    • Remove the smoked turkey parts from the pot. Remove the skin, bones, and any excess fat. Shred the turkey meat and return it to the pot.
  7. Adjust Seasoning:
    • Taste the red beans and smoked turkey mixture and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add more salt, pepper, or spices to taste.
  8. Serve:
    • Serve the red beans and smoked turkey over cooked white rice. Garnish with chopped green onions for a burst of freshness and color.\

Enjoy the comforting flavors of this Red Beans & Smoked Turkey dish, a Southern favorite that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends. The smoky richness of the turkey and the creamy texture of the beans create a satisfying and soul-warming meal.

Credit: Healthy Juice