Last year I had an awesome opportunity to go and visit Avery Island – the home of Tabasco!
Besides learning all about the process and family behind such an iconic brand, we got to experience the best of Louisiana. Not only did that include going on a late night alligator expedition in which we drove around for a solid 30 minutes try to find an alligator to satisfy my obsession with seeing one close up, but also some insanely delicious food.
(Side Note) We were unsuccessful at finding an alligator that night – but I got to get up close and personal with one in a lagoon the following day. I mean, I kept my distance… about 20 feet and I never looked him directly in the eye, but it was a big moment for me!
Okay – back to the food!
Red Beans and Rice was a stand out dish – and one that I’ve taken home and made countless times for both my little family, and some of my clients back when I was a private chef. It’s a perfect one-dish wonder that is spicy, savory, and just packed with flavor.
This version uses onions, chicken sausage, kidney beans, the Original Tabasco (obviously!), rice and fire roasted diced tomatoes. It fit perfectly into the 10 ingredient Tabasco Challenge and tastes way more complex than it actually is. Which just means that it makes your life easy and will impress whomever you feed this to!