Pappy’s Small Red Beans


  • 1 pound Pappy’s Small Red Beans
  • 8-10 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup cooked, diced bacon and/or ham (optional)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked rice

Total time:

1 hour, 50 minutes

Prep time:

10 minutes

Cook time:

1 hour, 40 minutes


6-8 servings


  1. Rinse and sort beans; soak if desired (soaking Small Red Beans is optional)
  2. In a Dutch oven or soup pot, add water, beans and salt.
  3. Over high heat, bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce to low heat and simmer; add garlic, onion and bacon and/or ham (if desired).
  5. Cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add water if needed; liquid level should be at least 1/2 inch above beans while cooking.
  6. Serve with hot cooked rice.