Backpacker's Pantry Louisiana Beans and Rice

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A true Cajun feast! Backpacker's Pantry Louisiana Red Beans and Rice Mix is a high carbo power meal. To create this Epicurean delight, red beans and rice are mixed with Creole sauce for a memorable meal that's ready in minutes. To prepare, add 2-1/2 cups of boiling water. Stir well. Seal and let stand for 13 minutes. Stir and serve. Calories per serving: 300. Made in USA.


  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals
  • Spicy
  • May contain traces of peanuts and/or tree nuts
  • Just mix contents with boiling water in the pouch provided—let stand, and serve
  • Discount will be applied when you check out; offer not valid for sale-price items ending in $._3 or $._9
  • Vegan-friendly
  • All natural
  • Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents
  • Just Add Water to enjoy!
  • Makes Two 13oz servings
  • Vegetarian

The Louisiana Red Beans and Rice by Backpacker's Pantry. Red beans and rice mixed with Creole sauce makes this entree a high carbo power meal. A true Cajun feast!


Backpacker's Pantry Louisiana Red Beans and Rice meal is a low-fat, vegetarian entree.

Ingredients: red beans, precooked long grain white rice, tomato, onion, potato starch, salt, new mexico chili pepper, sugar, corn starch, garlic, cumin seed, oregano, cayenne pepper

Made in USA.

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A true cajun carbo-load feast, Louisiana Red Beans and Rice from Backpacker's Pantry has been smothered in creole sauce. (Spring 2014)
Eating the Backpacker's Pantry Louisiana Red Beans and Rice is kind of like bringing Mardi Gras with you out on the trail. Just without the beads. Or alcohol poisoning. Or loss of dignity.

INGREDIENTS: Freeze-dried red beans, instant white rice, tomato powder [tomato paste, maltodextrin], onion, salt, chili powder, tomato flakes, potato starch, sugar, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, maltodextrin, vitamin supplement.
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Calories from fat:10
Calories per serving:300
Carbohydrates:62 grams
Cholesterol:0 milligrams
Country of Origin:USA
Dietary fiber:16 grams
Dry Weight:6.13 oz
Food Features:Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Food Type:No Meat
Gluten free:Yes
Preparation Time:13 Minutes
Protein:12 grams
Saturated fat:0 grams
Serving Size:Two 13 oz Servings
Servings:2 Servings
Servings per container:2 serving(s)
Shelf Life:0-3 Years
Sodium:1,160 milligrams
Sugars:4 grams
Total fat:1 gram
Trans fat:0 grams
Upc, Ean, Isbn:048143023074
Weight:6 oz / 170 g
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Backpacker's Pantry Louisiana Beans and Rice Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

beans & rice

This is my favorite freeze dried, but I love beans & rice. It's not spicy at all (if you want spicy add your own). Takes longer to "cook;" might let it sit 5-10 minutes extra. With 2-1/2 cups water, it's a bit soupy. Shouldn't give anyone heartburn unless they are already prone to that type of thing. Might be bland to anyone who thinks beans and rice are bland, but hey, it's beans & rice.
It's very inexpensive (for freeze dried), packs in more calories than most freeze dried meals, has good amount of protein, and tasty. An ounce more weight than most Mountain House meals for two.
Lulu at REI on 03/03/2010

well worth it!

Delicious meal, plenty of calories for the price. Being originally from South Louisiana, I can attest to it tasting like a authentic dish. It is spicier than I anticipated, but not past my liking. 13 min prep time is a tad beyond quick, but worth the wait. The only downside is it's 49% sodium intake per serving...if you eat the entire bag, that's a day's worth.
downlow at Campmor on 09/09/2012

A great meal for a low price

A very tasty meal although a bit salty. But then all packaged meals are salty. We had this as dinner after a hard days walk. It tasted good. Spices were just right - not bland and not too spicy to give a heartburn. Granted we were tired, but this was a good meal. Enjoyed it throughly - and it is one of the least expensive meals.
Faraz at REI on 02/02/2008

I liked it...

I won't lay any claims to being a food aficionado and I can be a downright P-I-G after a long day (or a cold one) on the trail. But I like this. I found it a little soupy but I need all the hydration I can get. I will buy again -- price is right!
blackdog51 at REI on 09/09/2010

Tasty Stuff!

Smelled great as soon as the water was added, and tasted just as good. Not worrying about the fat content though, I'd reduce the water a tiny bit and add some squeeze butter or margarine which would make it that much better. Not too spicy at all in my book.
Baja Dreamer at REI on 11/11/2010

Good value

Good value but needs to set up 5-10 min. longer than recommended, and is a little bland for my taste. These are minor criticism that are easily overcome. I usually pack a small spice dispenser containing a mixture of 2/3 Cayenne and 1/3 garlic powder. Small sprinkle solves the problem.
HK at REI on 02/02/2010

Good Chow

Tastes great, but is a bit bland for "Louisiana" fare; we add some hot sauce to it, and then it is great. Let it sit for a few minutes longer than the package instructions say, and you'll be a happy camper.
ShoreviewSwede at REI on 12/12/2008

good hearty meal

This is one of the better tasting meals available, and it is great for adding a package of chicken to. Use 1/4 cup less water than the directions say to avoid red bean soup. Also makes a good burrito filling.
peacesells63 at REI on 04/04/2013

Made this on my trek this weekend. It somes out a little watery like gumbo so I cooked up two cups of quinoa and mixed it in. MAN that hit the spot!

Carson Dunbar at on 03/11/2013

Perfect! Has a little kick that you expect from red beans and rice. I add slightly less water so it comes out a little less soupy.

Brandon Smith at on 06/11/2013

Negative Reviews:

Too Salty

Backpacker's Pantry is definitely the cheaper brand of freeze dried food but I found the Louisiana Red Beans and Rice to be too salty to truly enjoy. It started out kind of bland but when I reached the bottom of the bag it was painfully salty to eat. I bought it because it was on sale and cheap (about $3) butI would not get that one again.
purpleorchid at REI on 10/10/2011

not my favorite

flavorless heartburn in a bag, quick but id stick to soup if you want that....if you want rice get the sweet and sour pork -thank me later.
sin1134 at REI on 03/03/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Not bad if you're hungry

This was one of the better Backpacker Pantry products that we tried on a recent long weekend trip. All in all, it isn't that bad (better than MRE food), but it does require longer to cook than the directions indicate and is rather lackluster. I'd recommend this for breakfast, but I can't see it sustaining two active hikers as a lunch or dinner. It's cheap, lightweight, and easy to prepare - beyond that, don't set too high of expectations. We'll probably buy this again, but I would not rely on it to fill up two people under any circumstances.
Tennessee Hiker at REI on 02/02/2009

Overall a good meal

This meal had a great flavor and just enough spice. My main complaint is that it was far too soupy even after draining off some of the water. Allowing the meal to sit for the max recommended time it still was not fully rehydrated. I would recommend adding less water and letting it sit longer to rehydrate. I will defiantly buy this one again.
KSouza at REI on 05/05/2011

I prefer to get meat-less options on long days. If you get this one definitely bring an extra sauce you prefer or some flavored tortillas. It's a ton of rice and beans and I found the flavor to be very bland.

Le crow at on 09/25/2013

Good vegetarian meal

I thought this was one of their better products. Thought it needed a bit more salt as I was hiking for hours and really needed some additional nutrition. Thought the onions add a nice touch.
bklnbackpacker at REI on 01/01/2013

OK, but not spicy.

I won't say it isn't flavorful... because, I do like the taste.
It isn't SPICY though. It's like, a Midwesterner's version of a Louisiana dish... not a Louisianan's version of a Louisiana dish.
ShoreviewSwede at REI on 09/09/2007