Vegan Cajun Red Beans & Mushrooms Recipe

It’s a bowl of protein.

So where do you get your proteins? All plants have proteins. Eat in variety. There is no protein deficiency in plant-based vegan food. Today’s recipe is pack-full of proteins in varying amounts, with red beans being the main star. Toss in mushrooms, corn, bell pepper, eat with quinoa or brown rice, your energy boosting meal is served.

But really, how many of you count your protein requirements in a day? Unless you’re body-building, my guess is 99.9% don’t (read vegan bodybuilding tips) . And is it really protein we should be concerned with or rather essential amino acids? I will reserve that topic in a separate post but for now, let’s focus on this oh-so-tasty cajun recipe!


Cajun is one dish that’s easy to veganize because you can add and replace plant ingredients as you wish but it will taste the same. The secret lies in the spices! My collection of herbs and spices is multiplying like crazy because my mom just sent me a fresh batch recently. I am in the midst of updating my kitchen pantry so once that’s completed, I will be sharing some tips especially if you have limited space to work around with (read vegan pantry essentials).

Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Mushrooms
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Served with rice or quinoa, this protein-packed cajun recipe is great any time of the year, especially if you’re missing some comfort food. Easy to prepare, say what?

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, vegan cajun
Servings: 3
Author: thefabzilla
  • 1/2 cup brown mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups red kidney beans
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced vertically
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp barbeque sauce
  • dash everyday seasonings
  • garlic salt to taste
  • cilantro
  1. In a pan, saute garlic, onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper with olive oil

    Add 1 1/2 cups red beans. The remaining 1/2, blend in food processor (puree)

    Add red beans puree, add barbeque sauce. Add bay leaves

    Season with paprika, cayenne, dry oregano, everyday seasonings, garlic salt

    Simmer. Turn off heat once puree is quite absorbed by beans and mushrooms

    Top with cilantro. Serve with rice or quinoa

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe! Feel free to share or forward to someone you know who’s looking for quick vegan eats and recipes.



  1. October 10, 2018 / 8:42 am

    This looks absolutely DELICIOUS! Thank you for the recipe!

    • thefabzilla
      October 10, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Thanks much

  2. October 10, 2018 / 9:29 am

    I absolutely love chili! But I can’t handle spicy! LOL Looks delicious though!

    • thefabzilla
      October 10, 2018 / 9:31 am

      You can adjust the hot level

  3. Ehmkay Nails
    October 10, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    This sounds super hearty for the cold weather months!

  4. Ehmkay Nails
    October 10, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    This looks so hearty, especially for the cold months.

  5. October 10, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I adore beans but my GI tracts tells me I can’t eat too many at a time. This colorful dish looks so enticing! For me, it will make a great side dish.

  6. October 10, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    Soups and Chili are so easy to make vegan!

  7. October 10, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    I like to make my chili a day in advance so that the flavors can meld together. This sounds like a pretty quick and easy recipe.

  8. October 10, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious, especially in the Winter months!

  9. October 11, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    This sounds amazing! Anything with cilantro is always on my “drool” list. SUMMERS!

    • thefabzilla
      October 11, 2018 / 11:01 pm

      Haha, same here! Cilantro or go home haha

  10. 25 Sweetpeas
    October 11, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Sounds like an easy dinner!

  11. My Nail Polish Obsession
    October 11, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    That looks amazing! I love chili in the Fall!

  12. October 13, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    This looks & sounds so great!

  13. October 15, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    OMG!!! This looks delicious!!! I love making chili and this coming weekend will finally be cool enough for me to make a giant pot!

  14. October 16, 2018 / 6:43 am

    Being from Louisiana you had me at cajun and then you had me drooling with the mushrooms! I’ll for sure be making this!

    • thefabzilla
      October 16, 2018 / 9:15 am

      LMK how you like it

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