Sausage and Rice (One Skillet)

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 Sausage and Rice combines smoked chicken sausage, crisp sweet corn, savory black beans, roasted bell peppers, and tender rice in an unforgettably delicious dinner! This meal is ready in 30 minutes or less and is all prepared in one skillet!

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Sausage and Rice is part of our Back-To-School Lifesavers — a series of recipes that are intended to have little (or no) veggie chopping, minimal prep time, around 10 ingredients or less (not including pantry staples), and use kid-friendly ingredients. Click here to see all the recipes in the series!

Sausage and Rice

Burrito bowls are hugely popular at my home — in fact, I’ve shared some of our favorites over the years. (These Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls, these Bean and Chicken Burrito Bowls, these meal prep Chicken Burrito Bowls, or Street Corn Burrito Bowls are made regularly at my home.)

So I had to figure out a way to make burrito bowls happen in this series — minimal chopping, minimal ingredients, fewer dishes. And after a bit of trial and error, I’m elated to share this simple burrito-bowl type recipe. It’s protein-packed with loads of flavor and plenty of melty cheese, but it’s not going to require a huge time commitment to make — we’re looking at 30 minutes or less!

To get Sausage and Rice on the table that quickly, we rely on quite a few shortcuts which we’ll discuss below.

Ingredient shot-- image of all the ingredients used in this dish

SHORTCUTS

Sausage And Rice Shortcut Ideas

Here are the main shortcuts we employ for Sausage and Rice:

  • Pre-diced onions. Most grocery stores sell diced yellow onions in the produce section of the store. Alternatively, frozen diced onions are often found by the other frozen veggies and can be used in this recipe. Or, use a food processor to quickly chop an onion.
  • Minced garlic. We love Dorot’s® cubes, which have crushed garlic added. You can keep these gems handy in the freezer and pop them into recipes like this when needed. (Check if your local store carries them; they’re typically found with frozen veggies in the grocery store.) Another option is to use refrigerated minced garlic in this recipe.
  • Smoked sausage. In order to have a good–but quick– protein source, we use smoked sausage. It’s already cooked, so only needs a few minutes to reheat. We prefer chicken sausage as we find it pairs best with all the other flavors in this recipe, but any smoked sausage will work. Turkey sausage is another option that is more nutritious; pork or beef sausage will also work.

Process shots-- images of the onion, sausage, seasonings, and broth being added to this dish

SHORTCUTS

Sausage and Rice Shortcut Ideas, Continued

  • Ready Rice or microwaveable packaged rice. Ready Rice is already cooked and just needs to be heated to warm it through. Instead of heating it in the microwave, we add it in the skillet with the veggies and sausage and mix to warm it through — so easy and convenient! This type of packaged rice is typically found among other packets of rice and grains in the grocery store.
  • Roasted red pepper strips. To save loads of time from roasting peppers, you can buy pre-roasted (and chopped/sliced) pepper strips — they’re a massive time saver! You can find these roasted red pepper strips near canned pasta sauces, jarred pesto, or near ingredients like artichoke hearts.
  • Chicken stock. We love Swanson’s® chicken stock — its robust flavor and is so flavorful that we don’t find the need to add too many additional seasonings/spices to this Sausage and Rice meal.

Process of Sausage and Rice meal-- image of the beans, corn, peppers, rice, and cheese being added

Sausage And Rice Garnishes

This meal is so tasty, but the garnishes truly take it over the top. Of course, we want to keep the toppings as simple as possible in line with the concept of this meal, so below are our favorite easy toppings:

  • Chopped cherry tomatoes or a quick homemade pico de gallo
  • Fresh cilantro
  • A squeeze of fresh lime
  • A large scoop of sour cream (we use fat-free to keep this Sausage and Rice dinner on the lighter side)
  • Sliced avocado or scoop of guacamole

VARIATIONS

Need a sauce?

  • Chili-lime sauce (The sauce on these Black Bean Wraps uses a few of the same seasonings in the Sausage and Rice meal, plus mayo, and some fresh lime juice and zest) is delicious drizzled over everything!
  • Cilantro-lime sauce (if we have leftover sauce from these Shrimp Tacos we’ll drizzle some on this meal!)

Overhead image of Sausage and Rice in the skillet, ready to be served

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Sausage and Rice

This Sausage and Rice meal combines smoked chicken sausage, crisp sweet corn, savory black beans, roasted bell peppers, and tender rice in an unforgettably delicious dinner! This meal is ready in 30 minutes or less and is all prepared in one skillet!
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Sausage and Rice

This Sausage and Rice meal combines smoked chicken sausage, crisp sweet corn, savory black beans, roasted bell peppers, and tender rice in an unforgettably delicious dinner! This meal is ready in 30 minutes or less and is all prepared in one skillet!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy
Keyword sausage and rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 491kcal
Cost $8.62

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (16g) olive oil
  • 1 cup (130g) diced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 12 oz (340g) smoked chicken sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (121g) chicken stock
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon each: paprika, chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Fine sea salt and cracked pepper
  • 3/4 cup (153g) roasted red pepper strips, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups (210g) frozen corn
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 package Ready Rice/Microwaveable Packaged Rice, 8.5 oz
  • 1 cup (94g) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Optional: fresh lime, fresh cilantro, sour cream

Instructions

  • ONION AND SAUSAGE: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3-5 minutes or until golden. Add sliced sausage and saute another 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt & pepper to taste (I add 1 tsp fine sea salt and 1/4 tsp pepper). Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Add broth, stirring to loosen any browned bits from the pan. Bring to a boil; cook 2-3 minutes or until liquid is mostly evaporated. Mix in red pepper strips, corn, black beans, and rice (no prep needed beforehand). Mix until warmed through. Taste and adjust seasonings to personal preference.
  • CHEESE: Turn off the heat. Sprinkle cheese on top and cover with lid. Let stand 3-5 minutes or until melted. Gently stir to mix in the cheese and serve immediately. Add fresh lime, fresh cilantro, and a scoop of sour cream if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.6g | Protein: 36.9g | Fat: 18.1g | Cholesterol: 95.6mg | Sodium: 713mg | Fiber: 9.4g | Sugar: 6g

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