Creole-Style Crock Pot Black Beans and Sausage

Creole Black Beans

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
759 Calories
16g Fat
113g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 759
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 560mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 113g 41%
Dietary Fiber 33g 117%
Protein 45g
Calcium 338mg 26%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Beans are a key ingredient in Creole cuisine and make their way into a variety of dishes, including red beans and rice. This recipe uses black beans, and the dish is amped up with spicy andouille sausage, a variety of herbs, some tomato sauce, and the classic "holy trinity" of Creole and Cajun cooking.

Made in the slow cooker, this hearty and comforting recipe comes together quickly and cooks unattended. All that is required is browning the sausage in a skillet and then adding to the crock pot along with the remaining ingredients, which include canned black beans, onion, celery, peppers, and garlic, as well as herbs, canned tomatoes, and chicken broth. A bit of cayenne pepper provides a little heat—use as much or little as you like, or eliminate altogether.

Andouille sausage is a smoked sausage that is commonly used in Cajun and Creole cooking. It is smoked twice and has a spicy, smoky taste. It is readily available in grocery stores and can be found in its original pork variety as well as a chicken version.

Serve the black beans over white rice or with crusty French bread, homemade cornbread, or cornbread muffins. Make it a well-balanced meal with a side salad or lightly dressed arugula or spring greens.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds spicy smoked sausage (cut into 1/2-inch slices)
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Brown the sliced sausage in a heavy skillet over medium heat.

  3. Drain the fat and transfer the cooked sausage to the crock pot.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and gently mix to combine.

  5. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours, or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.

  6. Remove the bay leaves.

  7. Serve with hot cooked rice, if desired.

  8. Enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use red beans or kidney beans in place of the black beans.
  • If you would like to cut down on the heat in this dish, you can substitute another type of smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, that is less spicy than andouille.
  • To make this recipe vegetarian, use a plant-based spicy sausage or skip it altogether.
  • Add a handful of fresh parsley or cilantro to the finished dish.