Smoky Vegan Red Beans & Rice

February 3, 2010 by Keri

Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well so I went to VegWeb early to look for a crock pot recipe so that dinner would just be ready to plate and eat when feeding time rolled around.  I found this recipe for Smoky Vegan Red Beans & Rice and I didn’t have everything, but I happened to have a package of Lightlife Fakin’ Bacon, so I thought I’d just try to make the recipe work for me.  I doubled the liquid and beans so that we would have more leftovers for lunches.  If you’re going to give this a try, check out the original recipe to see what will work best for you.  I really thought that I had a pepper when I started up preparing, but it must have run away because I couldn’t find it anywhere!  Oh well, it would have been nice for some color, but the red beans and rice were good and the leftovers were even better for lunch today.  (Below is the version I made.)


  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups dried red beans
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 package Lightlife “Fakin’ Bacon” smoked tempeh strips
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 cups prepared brown rice

Add all ingredients to crock pot, except salt and rice, and cook on high for 6 hours.  Stir in salt.  Serve over brown rice. Enjoy!

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