The Best Red Beans Gravy
Red Beans Gravy with rice
Main Dish,  Vegetarian

The Best Red Beans Gravy

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The Best Red Beans Gravy

Best Red Beans Gravy – Also known as sos pwa rouj. This Red Beans Gravy  is made using red beans, a few spices and is served over or with white rice. A famous, hearty, savory, Haitian gravy that’s cooked to perfection with the aroma onion, garlic, and rosemary. It is the perfect comfort food any time of the year!

This gravy recipe will not disappoint.

Seems like Red Beans Gravy served with white rice is a favorite in my home, it’s one of the few meals that we all eat and enjoy; including my little munchkins.  While there are many ways to make this gravy or any bean gravy, some have added coconut milk.  Furthermore, others have even added lemon juice for extra flavor, while some people blend all of the ingredients before transferring it to a saucepan to save time. This method is used when making the beans with can beans. Whatever your preference, this comfort food will always stand the test.

This gravy recipe can take up to 2 hours to make depending on your method.  Most of all, It’s reasonably easy, delicious, and very inexpensive. So what’s not to love?

The gravy will warm up your belly during those cold days.

The steps are simple. Simmer and season. Enjoy. Just as simple as that.

This recipe can be made on the stovetop, transferred to the blender, then return to the stovetop. If you choose to go this route, you will need to continuously add water as the beans cook. I highly recommend using the Power Cooker if you have one, or a pressure cooker. You can use 2 cans red kidney beans but if you have the time, you should consider taking the longer route.

Follow the steps listed below, and it will render the same results while intensely decreasing the time it takes to cook. Either way, The Best Red Beans Gravy is delicious and I hope you enjoy!

After making the Best Red Beans Gravy, check out the Classic Old-Fashioned Tomato Soup


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The Best Red Beans Gravy served with white rice recipe. Red Beans Gravy made with garlic, rosemary, and a few other spices. Also known as Sos Praw Rouj. The Best Red Beans Gravy recipe.
Red Beans Gravy with rice
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The Best Red Beans Gravy

A famous, hearty, savory, Haitian gravy that's cooked to perfection with the aroma onion, garlic, and rosemary. This Red Beans Gravy, or sos pwa rouj,  is made using red beans, a few spices and is served over or with white rice.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Haitian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 353 kcal


  • 2 cups small red kidney beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. Southwest Spice Blend


  1. Using a pressure cooker, cook for 50 minutes. If the beans are not completely cooked, cook again for an additional 50 minutes.
  2. Once the beans are fully cooked, blend the cooked beans along with the water, garlic, and onion to a smooth consistency (liquefy).
  3. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add the olive oil, rosemary, bay leaves, and the Southwest Spice Blend spice along with the salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat, and allow simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with cooked white rice.

Recipe Notes

  1. I highly suggest that you do not use can beans if possible. The longer route is so much better.
  2. This gravy is temperamental, it requires patience and time.
  3. I sometimes add 1 tbsp. lime juice to the gravy for extra flavor. It does make a difference.
  4. Concentrate on the flavors you would like the gravy to have.
  5. If you want to thicken up the consistency of the gravy, you can mix equal (2 tbsp.) parts of cornstarch (or flour) and water together and add it to the last minutes of cooking.
  6. To store this gravy, use a shallow container to refrigerate it; let it cool down first. Then cover it tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Purchase the Southwest Spice Blend here. This is not an affiliate link.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Red Beans Gravy
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.6g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Potassium 1297mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 59.3g 20%
Dietary Fiber 14.8g 59%
Sugars 2.7g
Protein 21.1g 42%
Calcium 8%
Iron 36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Doreen

    I love beans! I cook mine frim scratch and I add coconut milk. I soak the beans overnight to cut cooking time. Will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing

    • MDesir

      Hi Doreen!
      Yes, when time permits I do the same thing. Coconut milk is a must sometimes :). We live by coconut milk in our home. Thanks for reading!

    • MDesir

      You are welcome! It is a traditional Haitian dish. There are so many ways to make it. You can make this gravy with black beans as well. Thanks for reading, Saranya!

    • MDesir

      Hi Sunrita,
      you can definitely try with the cajun seasoning, but be careful as you do not want it to be too spicy. You can also try the maggie cubes or bouillon cubes as well.Thank you for reading!

  • Jen@Jenron Designs

    I really love red beans and rice and this looks like an easy to make recipe. I just need to locate that southwest spice blend that you’re talking about. Do you have a location that you purchase it? I see that it’s a link so I will try clicking and see what I get. Thanks a lot looking forward to trying it soon.

    • MDesir

      Amazon you can find it on Amazon or at Costco. My mother in law introduce me to it a few months ago, and I have been hooked since. Thank you for reading Jen!

  • Joyce

    I love red beans this might sound funny but I eat beans 2-3 times a week. This looks like a really yummy one, though I’m used to Kenyan way of adding coconut milk.

    • MDesir

      Actually, it will help enhance the flavor. I would be careful on the amount you add for the portion size of this gravy. At least 2 TBSP should be enough. Thank you for reading, Maninder!

    • MDesir

      I look forward to visiting New Orleans one day. I am not surprised that they have something similar because of the Creole/French background. I am originally from Haiti; the similarities are definitely there. Thank you, Karyl, for reading.

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