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Slow cooker red beans and rice

Slow cooker red beans and rice

Red beans and rice made simple in the slow cooker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword slow cooker red beans and rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • slow cooker


  • 1 lb. sausage andoille or smoked sausage both work, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 ½ cup dry small red beans rinsed
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 6 cups chicken broth or water
  • tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp thyme dried
  • 1 ½ tsp salt see notes
  • hot cooked rice


  • Slice sausage on the diagonal and chop vegetables.
  • Add everything to the slow cooker, except rice and stir.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Add more salt if needed.
  • Serve over hot rice.


This dish has some spice to it.  Spice is an individual preference, so for this recipe, it is about a medium temperature.  If you prefer more heat, add more cayenne and black pepper.  If you prefer a more mild flavor, start with ⅛ tsp each and work your way up until you are happy with the heat profile.
My broth was homemade unsalted broth, so I added 1 ½ tsp of sea salt to this dish. Other times when I have just used water and my sausage was not very salty, I have added up to 2 tsp salt. If your broth is salted, start with ½ tsp salt and work your way up.  Remember, you can always add to, but you can't take it out once it's there.