Zesty Sausage & Beans Recipe
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Zesty Sausage & Beans Recipe

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Our taste panel raved about this hearty and delicious dish, proclaiming it “classic man food.” Packed with sausage, beans and bacon, it’s guaranteed to satisfy the heftiest appetites at your table. —Melissa Just, Minneapolis
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and sliced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) thick and zesty tomato sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 439 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 1505mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, brown the sausage. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker; add the beans, tomato sauce, green pepper, onion, bacon, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, thyme, marjoram and cayenne. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled sausage mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
    Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Sausage & Beans in Simple & Delicious October/November 2010, p63

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mcbride705 User ID: 4705754 176054
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"I loved this dish (only used 1 lb of sausage). It's one that tastes even better the second day."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 148820
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Very hearty! I substituted leftover Easter ham for one of the sausages & used only 1 tablespoon cider vinegar instead of 2 as I don't care for the taste of it. Very good recipe, but it does take some time to make it. Oh, and I also used the Rotel Zesty Tomato & Green Chili sauce. Next time, I will probably use regular tomato sauce for a milder taste."

Odessa123 User ID: 6539666 148819
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"In Feb. before getting answers to what thick and zesty tomato sauce to use for this recipe I decided to use Rotel Zesty Tomato & Green Chili Sauce (Mild). The taste was outstanding! My husband says that recipe is a keeper! I do plan to try the spaghetti sauce and the Contadina tomato sauce. Thanks so much."

ilka896 User ID: 6549264 114812
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"I love this recipe the slow cooked smoked sausage with everything tastes delicious with rice. Tastes even better the next day."

lilaccrew User ID: 1915814 121902
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"To Odessa123 - Contadina makes a sauce that says "Extra Thick and Zesty" on the label. Hope that helps!"

jc1701 User ID: 4737895 123436
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Contadina makes the Extra Thick & Zesty Tomato Sauce"

picharkin User ID: 729361 176239
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"This was awsome! The flavours mingled just right. Try Zesty spaghetti sauce for the zesty tomato sauce."

Odessa123 User ID: 6539666 212084
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"This sounds like and great recipe and I plan to make it in a few days. When I went shopping for the ingredients I could not find thick and zesty tomato sauce. Could someone help me with the name and brand of the product I'm suppose to use? I gave only one star rating due to the recipe incompleteness but will rate again once I have made the dish."

Odessa123 User ID: 6539666 123435
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"I am planning to make cook this recipe soon. However, when shopping for ingredients I could not fine an item called thick and zesty tomato sauce. What is suppose to be used? A name and brand would be helpful. Thanks"

RecipeGuru User ID: 1378919 176237
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I made this last night for dinner and my husband wanted the leftovers for lunch today - Not a normal occurrence. The flavors blended perfectly and it was good, satisfying comfort food."

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