Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice (with sausage)

I’m always looking for easy slow cooker meals that my family likes, and this Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice with Sausage recipe definitely fits the bill! This is a very filling dinner that’s especially great for larger families or for those who enjoy leftovers (like us!). You literally just put everything in the slow cooker and start it (no pre-cooking necessary). It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice on 100 Days of Real Food

My husband’s family is from New Orleans, and we missed getting to go visit for Mardi Gras this year. But at least we can enjoy the flavors of the Big Easy at home with this new easy recipe. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice (with sausage)

This super easy Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice (with sausage) recipe reminds me of New Orleans. And it's so simple to make, just toss everything into the slow cooker and let it cook!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 15 mins
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Servings: 10


  • 1 pound dried red kidney beans rinsed
  • 1 pound andouille sausage (raw), cut into 1" to 1 1/2" pieces
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded, cored and diced
  • 3 stalks celery trimmed and diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red (cayenne) pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups chicken broth

For Serving

  • brown rice
  • fresh chives or green onions for garnish (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on high until the beans are tender, 7 to 8 hours. Serve over brown rice and garnish with chives or green onions (if desired).


We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice (with sausage)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 914mg40%
Potassium 886mg25%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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13 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice (with sausage)”

  1. Courtney Dodrill

    Just curious, would black beans work? Don’t have red beans at the moment and was going to give it a try today!

  2. I can’t seem to find andouille sausage in my small town. Is there something you would recommend as a replacement?

  3. I make a similar Cajun Rice Skillet recipe, that I add pre-cooked red beans too. Tip: since my kids can’t tolerate extreme spice, I substitute polish sausage for the andoullie and put the jar of cayanne on the table for my husband and I.

      1. Actually I precook batches of beans and bag and freeze them in can sized amounts. Then I defrost and add them in at the end to heat through as one would canned beans.

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