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Zesty Sausage & Beans

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours


10 servings

Packed with sausage, beans and bacon, this dish is guaranteed to satisfy the heftiest appetites at your table. —Melissa Just, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Zesty Sausage & Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 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


  1. In a large skillet, brown the sausage. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker; add the beans, tomato sauce, green pepper, onion, water, bacon, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, thyme, marjoram and cayenne. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with rice.

Can you freeze Zesty Sausage & Beans?

Freeze cooled sausage mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

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

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