Slow-Cooker Cajun Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice
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  • Total: 8 hrs 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs 30 mins
  • Total Time (including overnight): 18 hrs
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
520 Calories
12g Fat
80g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 520
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 646mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Protein 23g
Calcium 140mg 11%
*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.)

This recipe for red beans and rice is so deliriously easy, there’s no excuse not to put it on your recipe to-do list. The red beans cook in the crock pot all day so when you come home, the red beans and rice are practically done. It's almost as easy as opening a can of beans. A ham bone or ham hocks cooking with the beans all night would add a smoky, porky goodness to the beans.


  • 1 pound red kidney beans (washed and soaked overnight)
  • 5 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (like Tony Chachere's, extra to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound smoked sausage (cut into pieces)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Place soaked beans in crock pot. Cover with enough water to cover an inch over the beans. Add crushed garlic, bay leaves, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook on high for the day, at least 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, taste the beans and adjust seasonings. Using a potato masher, mash about 1/3 of the beans. Add smoked sausage, and cook for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves, and serve beans with hot rice.

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