Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Smoked turkey sausage, bell peppers, and red beans come together in this classic, easy slow-cooker recipe. Serve over long-grain rice for an amazing meal.

Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
This delicious meal will be hot and ready when you get home from work. Use instant long-grain rice to put dinner on the table even faster. Recipe:. Photo: Howard Lee Puckett
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs
Makes 10 cups (serving size: 1 cup with 1 cup rice)


  • 1 pound dried red beans

  • 3/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced

  • 3 celery ribs, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

  • Hot cooked long-grain rice

  • Hot sauce (optional)

  • Garnish: finely chopped green onions, finely chopped red onion


  1. Combine first 8 ingredients and 7 cups water in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender.

  2. Serve red bean mixture with hot cooked rice, and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired.

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  4. Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice: Substitute frozen meatless smoked sausage, thawed and thinly sliced, for turkey sausage.

  5. Per cup (with 1 cup rice): Calories 422; Fat 5g (sat 4g, mono 2g, poly 2g); Protein 5g; Carb 4g; Fiber 2g; Chol 0mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 530mg; Calc 113mg

  6. Quick Skillet Red Beans and Rice: Substitute 2 (16-oz.) cans light kidney beans, drained and rinsed, for dried beans. Reduce Creole Seasoning to 2 tsp. Cook sausage and next 4 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sausage browns. Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Stir in 2 tsp. seasoning, beans, and 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes. Serve with hot cooked rice and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired. Makes 8 cups. Hands-on Time: 26 min., Total Time: 46 min.

  7. Per cup (with 1 cup rice): Calories 424; Fat 2g (sat 1g, mono 2g, poly 4g); Protein 2g; Carb 5g; Fiber 6g; Chol 25mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 804mg; Calc 76mg

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

407 Calories
2g Fat
77g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 407
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 492mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 12g 42%
Protein 19g
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 6mg 32%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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