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Zesty Sausage & Beans

Packed with sausage, beans and bacon, this dish is guaranteed to satisfy the heftiest appetites at your table. —Melissa Just, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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 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; 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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  • Raynebow68
    Feb 18, 2014

    No comment left

  • mcbride705
    May 19, 2012

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

  • VictoriaElaine
    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
    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
    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
    Mar 9, 2012

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

  • jc1701
    Mar 8, 2012

    Contadina makes the Extra Thick & Zesty Tomato Sauce

  • picharkin
    Mar 8, 2012

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

  • Odessa123
    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
    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