Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice with Sausage
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice with Sausage. James Baigrie/Getty Images
  • Total: 10 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Yield: serves 8

If you're looking for a delicious versatile dish to serve as a main course or a side item, then red beans and rice will do it. A popular item at most barbecue restaurants, you'll love the ease of preparing this well-known dish in a slow cooker. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound uncooked red kidney beans, soaked for 1 hour and rinsed
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted butter (you can use less if preferred)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 ribs of celery (finely chopped)
  • 4 cups/960 mL chicken broth
  • 2 cups/480 mL water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL)​ salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) black pepper​​

How to Make It

In a large skillet, cook bacon slices and set aside. Reserve some of the bacon fat in the pan. Add chopped onions and saute on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to slow cooker along with red kidney beans. Slice sausage into 1-inch pieces and saute for 1-2 minutes in skillet.  Add to slow cooker along with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, reduce to low and cook for 5-7 hours or until red beans a nice and tender.

Once cooked, remove from heat and serve over freshly cooked white or brown rice. Serve as a main dish or as a barbecue side. If so inclined, add a ham hock to the beans for additional smokey flavor.  

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
365 Calories
13g Fat
44g Carbs
19g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)