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Slow Cooker Red Beans & Sausage Recipe

Slow Cooker Red Beans & Sausage Recipe

Being from Louisiana, red beans are my go-to for comfort food. Putting on a nice pot of red beans for our Sunday family dinner goes back generations in my family. Dig in with some hot buttered corn bread. —Lisa Bowie, Las Vegas, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fully cooked andouille sausage links, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown sausage. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add onion, green pepper and celery to skillet; cook and stir 5-6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 3. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine beans, sausage, vegetables and seasonings. Stir in broth. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.
  • 4. Remove 2 cups of the bean mixture to a bowl. Mash gently with a potato masher. Return to slow cooker; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 8 servings (2-3/4 quarts).

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: The following spices may be substituted for 3 teaspoons Creole seasoning: 3/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and 1/8 teaspoon each dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups (calculated without rice): 283 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 1534mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 27g fiber), 25g protein.

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Adamscooking User ID: 7060631 264668
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2017

"If you like spicy you'll like this dish. Unfortunately, my wife and daughter have a pretty low tolerance for such. I like spicy myself, so I enjoyed it. However, being that it makes so much along with me being the chief cook in our home, I'll have to scrap this one from my recipe box."

[email protected] User ID: 1665956 240025
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"easy to make, great flavor, just a bit too thin for our taste. Will reduce broth next time, and add a thickener at the end."

[email protected] User ID: 6993142 238401
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"Neither of the 2 grocery stores I patronize had dried red beans! Every other kind, yes, but not red, so I used 4 CANS of red beans, which were ready for the crockpot immediately, of course. I also cut the amount of thyme in half, since I have found this seasoning to be a bit much at times. Everything else was the same. My husband ate 3 bowls and my son ate 2! I thought we would have a substantial amount for leftovers, but gee, I guess not! Good flavor. Next time, I may add in the other suggestions: corn bread and a ham bone cooking in the broth."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 225640
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"This was great! I cut back on the beans and just threw everything in the crockpot without putting anything in a skillet to cook. I also cut back on the thyme. The sausage was so tender. The spicy flavor was delicious! I will definitely be making this again just as I did this time."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 222523
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"Delicious. I subbed leftover ham for the sausage, omitted the green pepper and didn't use as much thyme (because I was afraid it would be too strong and I didn't have enough anyway). I also threw in the ham bone for additional flavor."

AKTigger User ID: 1154987 218575
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"As we already know that thyme is pretty strong, and is not one of our favorite herbs, I cut it in half when making this for the first time. We also prefer polska kielbasa over andouille sausage, so I substituted that. Additionally, I only used half of a green pepper, because it was all I had. Aside from all that, I followed the recipe. LOL! I was pretty concerned after getting everything into the crockpot, though, because it smelled VERY spicy. I wasn't sure my family was going to like it. But after cooking all day, the flavors definitely mellowed and blended. I served it with steamed brown rice, and right away, my family labeled this recipe "a keeper"."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 196933
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"This is so amazing! I loved the flavor and the ease of this dish. I couldn't find andoille sausage at the store so I used premade chicken meatballs. Also, I didn't brown or saute anything. I just through everything in the pot. Absolutely delisious! I served this over white rice and it makes about 6 servings."

Kimn1769 User ID: 6713685 189547
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"I made this yesterday. Very tasty and spicy! I would try 2 teaspoons of Creole seasoning if you don't like a lot of spice. The recipe makes a good amount; great for a family."

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