AFC Enterprises, Inc., through its ownership of the Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits and Churchs Chicken chains, holds the number two position in the U.S. fast-food chicken sector, trailing only KFC. . The Popeyes chain, specializing in a Cajun-style fried chicken that is spicier than most conventional recipes, consists of 1,325 units, 1,152 of which are franchised.

The first Popeyes was opened by Al Copeland in June 1972. By the early 1980s, Popeyes was the third largest fast-food chicken chain, behind KFC and Churchs. New menu items included chicken tacos, barbecued beans, red beans and rice, and, most important, a new biscuit.




Red Beans and Rice

Popeyes Copycat Recipe

Serves 8

1 lb dry small red beans
1 1/2 to 2 lbs meaty ham shanks
4 cups water
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of Cajun or Creole seasoning (Tony Chachere's or Zatarains)
Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper to taste
cooked white rice (from about 3 cups raw rice)

Place dried beans in a large bowl and cover them with cold water by a couple of inches. Let soak for 8 hours or overnight. (You can quick soak them by putting them in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them, covering them by 2 inches, then letting them soak for two hours.) Drain. Place beans, ham shanks, garlic, chopped onion, and water in a large (8-quart) pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.

Remove ham shanks from the pot to a dish. Let cool slightly then shred the meat away from the bones. Return the meat back to the pot. Add the celery, bell peppers, Worcestershire and seasonings. Cover and cook for another hour or until the mixture gets thick. Season to taste with Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper.
Serve over rice.


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  2. THANK YOU! I have been looking for this recipe since Popeye's discontinued this menu item in 2009. I'd like to have their Cajun Gravy recipe.

  3. Where do you live that Popeye's no longer has red beans?! That is terrible, and my heart goes out to you! I want that Cajun gravy recipe too, though! ;)

  4. Looking at the ingredient list, I'm skeptical that this is anywhere close to Popeye's RB&R. Has anyone tried this?

    1. I make a version of Popeye's red beans. Lots of garlic! No celery, green peppers or tabasco. Use red pepper instead. it won't change the flavor like tabasco does. Also, Popeye's does use meat in theirs, they also use a lot of liquid smoke. I use no meat but at least 1 1/2 teaspoons of liquid smoke. Sometimes more depending on how many beans I'm cooking. I also ONLY use Wright's liquid smoke. The other brands are terrible and will ruin your beans.

  5. I can tell you they soaked the beans correctly. They also used the shank correctly. As to the celery and green peppers? yuk! My grandma's beans n popeye's are almost the same and I never saw a celery or green pepper. I would suggest not so much garlic as well.

  6. There has got to be some liquid smoke to taste like Popeye's.