Oh, the crockpot. You either love it or hate it usually. For me (and a lot of other folks) the ability to toss in a few ingredients and walk away…well, that’s just plain awesome. So if you’re a slow cookin’ fan, you might want to check out this big list of crock pot sausage ~or~ kielbasa recipes…
And I say OR because some people just LOVE kielbasa and others prefer smoked sausage. Some prefer homemade sausage or sausages you can get from the butcher…other’s prefer the store-bought link sausage to use in their slow cooker recipes.
Whatever you choose, it will work in these recipes! So check out our BIG List of crock pot sausage and kielbasa recipes. AND let us know if you have any more to add to the recipe listing. OR if there’s anything missing you’d love to see. We’ll see if we can get it added.
Enjoy, holler if you have any questions and remember to Rock That Crock! 😊
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Big List of 40+ Crock Pot Sausage & Kielbasa Recipes
#1 Crockpot Shrimp & Sausage Dinner by Slow Cooker Kitchen
6 ingredients & 5 minutes for a one-pot crockpot meal!
If you like shrimp you’ll love this recipe. Adding the sausage stretches the budget and it’s delicious too. It’s seasoned with lemon and cooks in chicken stock for even more flavor.
It’s got potatoes and corn on the cob as well, so you’ve got a one-pot meal ready in about 4 hours…just be sure to “stick a fork” in a potato to double check and you’ll be all set!
#2 Crockpot Italian Sausage & Peppers by Spicy Southern Kitchen. Ohhhhh this recipe sounds amazing!
Italian sausage, green peppers and lots of yummy Italian seasonings. Serve it on hoagie buns and talk about a crowd pleaser!
Psst…this would be a great freezer meal too! Just sayin’.
#3 3-Ingredient Bourbon Glazed Kielbasa Bites by Tammilee Tips. This recipe only takes a few ingredients and makes up really quick.
It’s supposed to be an appetizer according to the recipe BUT I betcha it would make an awesome main dish too! You could even toss in some frozen (or fresh) broccoli forward the end and serve that deliciousness up over rice. OHHHH and if you did that, well it could be frozen as well 😊
#4 Here’s another 3-ingredient kielbasa bite recipe. And it’s Barbecue Ranch Kielbasa! It comes from The Frugal Girls and would be an awesome addition to any party, game day, barbecue…well you get me.
Heck, these little beauties would be awesome movie night snack stuff. Maybe a little messy but so yummy so it’d be totally worth it!
#5 Crockpot Sausage & Potatoes by Slow Cooker Kitchen
This is one of our favorites. It takes between 5 & 10 minutes to toss in the crock and cooks in about 7 hours.
If you’ve got to be away longer than that, no worries! This recipe can take it. Just make sure you’ve got the slow cooker turned to low and put the onions on the bottom (then the potatoes, then the sausages).
Follow that layering pattern and this recipe can cook without issue for up to 10 hours. Your potatoes will be falling apart but honestly…who cares. That’s just more creamy deliciousness!
OR and I just thought of this (gotta love those light bulb moments) if you don’t want your potatoes to be falling apart after a 10-hour day use whole baby or whole medium potatoes! Onions or potatoes either one would work on the bottom of the crock if you go that route 😊
#6 Crockpot Tortellini Sausage & Kale Soup by Chef Savvy. Oh my! How about a delicious crockpot soup recipe that uses sausage? I bet this would be just awesome for ANY time of year…
Cheesy tortellini, fire roasted garlic and lots of delicious seasonings too. If you’re not a kale fan, I know for a fact you can substitute fresh baby spinach (I’ve had it, not made it). It’s an amazingly simple slow cooker soup that works great for even a Summer time menu.
#7 And speaking of that spinach here’s Damn Delicious’ Crockpot Sausage, Spinach & White Bean Soup. Yep, it’s worth making. Yep, it’s good.
#8 Crockpot Green Beans with Sausage and Potatoes by Teaspoon of Goodness. This is a very simple 5-ingredient dish that is just plain comfort food!
It’d be perfect as a one-pot meal or as a deliciously easy side dish for a barbecue or holiday meal!
#9 Slow Cooker Sausage & Veggies by Slow Cooker Kitchen
6 ingredients and about 10 minutes to toss together!
This recipe is absolutely perfect for the heat of summer. AND for those folks that grow gardens too! It calls for a rainbow of bell peppers and summer squash or zucchini (or heck use BOTH).
This recipe cooks in chicken broth too, and adds whole garlic cloves that turn just a little sweet after cooking. It’s great alone, or over rice and hits the spot on a hot day when you want something light AND you don’t want to heat up the house…
#10 Barbecue Coca-Cola Kielbasa by The Frugal Girls. Here’s a 3-ingredient crock pot sausage appetizer. It would take like 3 minutes to toss in the crock too.
So if you were in a hurry to clean before a party or barbecue or whatever you have going on…this would be a great recipe to toss in the crockpot! I’ve had this same recipe made with other meats. It’s YUMMY!
#11 Crockpot Low Country Boil by Spicy Southern Kitchen. Here’s another recipe that’d work great for a summer time meal. OR for a Spring, Fall or Winter meal when you’re looking for the flavors of summer 😊
This recipe is GREAT made in the slow cooker. You toss in the ingredients, set the timer, and walk off and do other stuff (‘cause we all have a ton of other stuff). BUT if you’re in a pinch do get it done quicker. Here are two alternate ways to make just about the same recipe.
- Traditional Low Country Boil by Cooking is Messy. This recipe calls for Old Bay Seasoning and takes about 40 minutes of your time. It's made on the stove top and uses a BIG saucepan.
Being raised in Louisiana…well I can tell you it is soooo worth it! When you get time, give it a shot. You’ll love it!
- Cajun Grill Foil Packets by Favorite Family Recipes. What an awesome grilling option! This recipe has all the traditional ingredients and calls for Tony Chachere’s Seasoning.
Again, being from down south, I can tell you…it’s good stuff. A little spicy but excellent when you want a bit of heat and a lot of flavor. They also offer a “light” and salt-free version. Both are excellent options if you’re wanting to cut back on your salt intake.
#12 Slow Cooker Kielbasa & ‘Kraut from Slow Cooker Kitchen
This deliciousness requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes!
If you’re a sauerkraut fan, you will LOVE this recipe! It is sooooo easy (and so yummy).
I usually make enough for 2 or 3 nights…but then again, we don’t mind leftovers. We usually eat it on night one straight out of the slow cooker in bowls. On night two, we have what I call “fake out” Reuben.
AND…if you’re a super, duper sauerkraut fan and just can’t get enough, we’ve supplied three other slight variations of the kielbasa and ‘kraut recipe I blabbered about above.
- Crock Pot Kielbasa, ‘Kraut & Potato Dinner. This is another 5-ingredient recipe and it takes about 10 minutes to prep. Well, not really. It takes about 8 minutes. But unless I’m doing a crockpot freezer meal session, I try to just round up to the nearest 5-minute mark…just to keep it simple.
This recipe adds potatoes to the yumminess of the first kielbasa and sauerkraut recipe. AND that turns it all in to a one-pot meal! Yippee for simple. Double yippee for yummy!
- Pork Roast with ‘Kraut & Kielbasa. Here’s another dish of yumminess. Pssst…this is NOT my recipe. It’s from my aunt. Well, an aunt of sorts. She’s an honorary one. She’s a very nice person and an awesome cook.
Her recipe takes 3 main ingredients. Pork loin, kielbasa and ‘kraut and adds a few spices. I’ve eaten it and can attest, it’s very good!
- Here’s another Crockpot Kielbasa & ‘Kraut recipe. 3-Ingredient Kielbasa, ‘Kraut & Beer. Yep, it’s 3-Ingredients. Yep, it’s delish too. No, I wouldn’t drink the beer.
#13 Crock Pot Kielbasa & Barbecue Beans by Mom on Timeout. Talk about another awesomely hearty side dish! Lots of beans, bacon, and sausage. Plus your barbecue and other spices. Yummo!
Heck, this wouldn’t really have to be a side, it’s got enough heartiness it could be a one-pot meal all by itself!
#14 Kielbasa Kapusta by Food Folks and Fun. This is Jillian’s website and since I am not Polish, I am going to take her word for her knowledge of this recipe and the authenticity.
From what I’m reading about it, it sounds like the traditional version of my Kielbasa & Kraut recipe shown above. I’d never thought of the addition of bacon drippings but I can sure see how that additional flavor would toss this recipe right over the top!
#15 Real Housemom’s Sweet & Spicy Kielbasa Bites look delicious too! They have the addition of both honey and brown sugar YUM.
Their recipe calls it an appetizer and yeah, that’d be awesomely delish BUT how about adding some sweet peppers and pineapple bites too? Serve that deliciousness over rice and OMG deliciousness!
#16 How about another traditional dish? This one’s a traditional Brazilian Black Bean Stew called Feijoada. No, I can’t pronounce it. Yes, I’ve eaten it. It’s another super yummy recipe!
Honestly, this recipe isn’t quite authentic. The authentic one (I was TOLD) is made with beef tongue. Which I don’t eat on principle. Not saying I wouldn’t if I needed to, not at all. I just haven’t been there yet.
You can also make it with a couple cups of ham chunks or a ham hock like our Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup.
But anyways, this recipe is made with sausage. Because we’re talking about crock pot sausage and kielbasa!
Ingredients for Brazilian Black Bean Stew (Feijoada):
- 1 package (12 to 16 ounces) dry black beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
- 2 cups sweet onions, diced
- 2 packages smoked sausage, diced into 1 inch pieces
- ½ pound thick sliced bacon, cooked and sliced (Psst…if its too hot to fry your bacon OR if you just want an easy way to make it…check out our section inside the Bacon Ranch Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole called “How to Bake Bacon”. It’s a GREAT timesaver. Why? Cause you can freeze it for later.)
- 4 to 6 cups beef stock or broth
- 2 bay leaves (Remove these before eating! These add a lot of flavor but they can’t be chewed and are dangerous if swallowed.)
- ¾ to 1 cup fresh cilantro (completely optional but adds a great flavor)
- Sour cream for garnish and/or when serving
Directions for Feijoada:
- Toss all the ingredients in the crockpot.
- Add more broth, stock or water (if necessary) to make sure all the beans and vegetables are submerged by about 2 inches.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove the bay leaves. Add salt and pepper if desired.
- Stir well until beans begin to fall apart and all ingredients are well combined.
- Garnish with additional cilantro and/or sour cream if desired.
#17 Here’s another by Real Housemoms. It’s Honey Mustard Kielbasa Bites.
I’ve had this one. Or one close enough I thought it was this recipe.
The only difference was that recipe had baby potatoes and squash cubes added. It was Fall. So it was a kind of “fall theme” It was at an office type party. And it was pure yumminess!
This one is sooooo worth making for an appetizer, movie night or potluck.
#18 One-Pot Smoked Sausage Dinner from Slow Cooker Kitchen
6 ingredients and 5 minutes on this baby too 😊
If you’ve ever had Joe’s Crab Shack OR what folks in the south call a “low country boil” you might want to check this recipe out.
As the title implies, it’s a one-pot meal and it takes all of 5 minutes to prep. If you aren’t a bouillon fan, well skip the water and bouillon and use beef stock.
On this recipe, I’d personally use stock instead of broth for the additional robustness of the flavor. But that’s just me, do as you wish…I’ve made it with bouillon and stock both, but not broth. So, if you decide to go that route…well, let me know how it turns out.
#19 Sweet Chili Barbecue Kielbasa by Iowa Girl Eats. This is another 3-ingredient crock pot appetizer. It’d be delicious just as it is as an appetizer OR as a outdoor party side dish, potluck offering or whatever.
Serve it with crockpot baked beans as another side dish…then maybe a couple side salads and your main grilling intent. Heck, you’d be all set!
#20 And speaking of beans, how about Crockpot Pinto Beans with Smoked Sausage? Woohoo! This one’s from The Texas Peach.
Pinto beans, smoked sausage, onions and peppers. Sounds awesome! I’m guessing the poblano peppers might make it a bit spicy but you can always leave that out if you aren’t into spicy stuff.
#21 Another delicious crock pot sausage recipe that calls for beans is Crockpot Tuscan Bean Soup. It’s also traditionally known as “Goppel”. I do not know why but it’s a cool name 😉
- 2 cans white beans, drained
- 1 cup each of diced carrots, celery and zucchini
- 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 to 2 cups vegetable stock (depending on how “soupy” you want the recipe)
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 package smoked sausage, diced into ½ to ¾ inch pieces
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- ¼ cup feta cheese (optional, but traditional)
- Combine the beans, vegetables, stock, garlic and sausage in the crock pot.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
- Turn to high, add the cilantro, stir and cook an additional 20 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with feta cheese.
Have you ever had pierogies? I hadn’t. I am not sure why because one of my Grand-mamas was pretty much full blooded German. And this is a German dish. Well, pierogies are not this dish.
Pierogies are pretty much a stuffed dumpling. They are stuffed with mashed potatoes and/or more stuff. Most of the pre-made ones you can purchase are in the freezer section and are potatoes and cheese.
There are LOTS of traditional cooks that make these with all sorts or fillings and sauces. Me, not so much. AND this recipe was a request from a reader. He wanted an easy crock pot sausage and pierogi dish. This was it.
It only takes 5 minutes and 5 ingredients. It can’t get much more simple than that AND it makes an awesome freezer meal too!
It was part of a big crockpot freezer meal cooking day. There was a huge batch of the sausage and pierogies that went off for other folks to eat. There was a small bag or two left for the freezer, and enough for the two of us for supper also.
This is a great dish whether you’re just looking for something to toss together or you want to do the freezer meal thing.
#23 Crockpot Cabbage, Pierogies & Kielbasa by Seduction in the Kitchen. This one, this one sounds super rich and very yummy.
Butter, lemon and celery seed are your seasonings. That and five more ingredients and you’re all set.
#24 I never thought about trying to make Crockpot Curried Sausage. How interesting! This one’s from Flying Drunken Money. Ha! Love it 😊
#25 Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Sausage by UnaFamiliaAlaskena. This yummy sounding crock pot sausage recipe would be excellent served over rice.
It has sweet peppers, onions and pineapple. She also offers a homemade sweet and sour sauce that would be great if you’d prefer that to store-bought.
#26 Oktoberfest Crockpot Kielbasa by Life a Little Brighter. Here’s another one that sounds delicious! Hash browns, peppers, polska kielbasa and sour cream too.
Lots of yumminess and only 10 minutes to prep it all. Heck, most of that prep time is just chopping the veggies.
So, here’s a tip. If you knew you were going to be in a pinch for time you could buy the frozen pepper-onion mixture. Then you would only need to chop up the kielbasa. That’d probably cut your time down to 5 minutes and it'd work for a freezer meal as well.
#27 3-Ingredient Crockpot Cranberry Barbecue Kielbasa by Penny Pincher Jenny. This one would be awesome to make during the holiday season. Or if you’re an epic cranberry fan, then you might like it anytime.
#28 Slow Cooker Gumbo by Slow Cooker Kitchen
Okay, so this one isn’t quick and easy. Not really. And it’s also not quite an authentic Cajun gumbo either. It’s sorta a compromise.
It’s a compromise between time and authenticity. Real gumbo, real honest-to-goodness gumbo takes hours to make. And unless you have a pot that stirs itself you have to stand over the stove for about 45 to 60 minutes just prepping the roux.
I LOVE authentic gumbo. It’s amazing. I do not like to stand in one spot or over the stove for an hour though. And most folks that read this website aren’t looking for it either. So this is the compromise.
This recipe takes about 30 minutes of prep time and makes a pretty damn delish crockpot gumbo 😊
#29 If you like traditional southern recipes, here’s another one. Crockpot Red Beans and Rice by A Pinch of Healthy.
Red beans and rice is a sample in the deep south. It’s also one delicious meal!
This recipe calls for chicken andouille sausage. But I know from years of experience any sort of link sausage will work. So if andouille isn’t your thing, substitute whatever kind you prefer.
#30 Crockpot Jambalaya by Budget Bytes. Here’s another delicious south-in-your-mouth crock pot sausage recipe. Smoked sausage, chicken and rice with lots of yummy spices.
And its from Budet Bytes, so they do a price breakdown as well. At the time this recipe was written it cost her about $10.50 to make the whole crock pot full. It makes 8 servings. I’d say $1.32 per serving is pretty darn economical 😊 Go Beth!
#31 And still on that traditional deep south movement. Here’s Aunt Bee’s Black Eyed Peas & Smoked Sausage recipe.
Black-eyed peas are another southern thing. Or at least I was always told growing up they were. If anybody from “up north” says not-so, sorry about that.
I’m sorta from the north now. Is Southern Indiana “north”. I’m just not sure.
#32 So what about breakfast? How about Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole? It’s from Lauren’s Latest and she even offers a homemade cream soup option if you don’t like using the canned stuff.
It looks absolutely creamy and delish. It’d work great for breakfast or a breakfast-for-supper option too.
Btw, if you're looking for crockpot breakfast ideas...here are a couple more. They are both egg casseroles, both are creamy and easy to make. One uses ham and the other uses Lil' Smokies:
#33 Here’s another soup and this one’s from Kalyn’s Kitchen. It’s Crockpot Kielbasa & White Bean Stew. Her site is traditionally low-carb BUT that doesn’t mean the recipes are short on flavor!
I’ve tried several of her recipes, the ones I’ve tried were awesome. This one uses white beans, spinach, kielbasa sausage and a few yummy spices. I’m guessing you could toss this together in under 10 minutes.
Also, I’ve not tried to do it but there isn’t anything I see in the ingredient list that wouldn’t be able to be frozen. Score! Another Freezer Meal!
Kalyn says she used a 3 ½ quart crockpot to make this recipe. So if you have a large crockpot (like 6 to 8 quarts) you could double the recipe and freeze some for what I call “emergency meals”. Then just heat it up as you need it.
#34 And here’s one more soup. Well, it’s a stew but you get me, so was Kalyn’s. This one is from Delishable and is titled Crock Pot Kielbasa Stew.
Frankly, it looks almost like my own one-pot sausage dinner I already blabbered about earlier…just diced up and with more broth. So, I already KNOW this one’s good and worth trying 😊
#35 Cheesy Crockpot Potatoes with Smoked Sausage by Recipes That Crock. This one takes just 6 ingredients and just a bit longer to prep…just ‘cause you need to peel the potatoes.
It does look worth the little extra effort though. It’d be serious comfort food I bet.
#36 Brown Sugar Kielbasa by Organic Glory sounds interesting. I’ve never tried anything like this but Amanda (the recipe creator) swears by it.
The beauty of this particular recipe…well, there are a couple.
- It cooks overnight or all day
- It’s her most used potluck dish
- People absolutely LOVE it.
So I am guessing it’s worth making 😊
#37 Yumo! Gotta add another soup here! This one’s from Healthy Seasonal Recipes and it’s called Crockpot Kielbasa, Cabbage & Potato Soup.
Why’d I HAVE to share another soup recipe? Because Katie’s recipe is just enough different that is sounds brilliant!
It’s got white beans, potatoes and (oh course) crock pot sausage BUT she also adds a couple of really good cheese options AND croutons. Cheese’s and croutons change the whole taste and consistency. So that makes it worth checking out too!
#38 Sweet Heat Kielbasa Dip by Host the Toast. Boy, oh boy! This one sounds absolutely delicious! Diced kielbasa sausage, cream cheese and apricot preserves just to name a few. Oh, and jalapenos!
There are a couple more ingredients but not many AND it only takes 10 minutes to prep. I can see this one being something close to a “please let me lick the pot” situation. Yeah, I’ve seen that a few times. It sounds mildly gross, but it’s really a compliment 😊
#39 Crockpot Hoppin’ John by Plain Chicken is a Deep South New Year’s tradition.
Each New Year's you are supposed to eat some sort of black-eyed peas for luck. Also some sort of cabbage for money. Or at least that’s the way I was told it worked 😊
That means there are multiple options in the recipe listing alone that'll cover New Year's!
#40 Crockpot Lentil & Sausage Soup by Growing Up Gabel. So here’s another soup with crock pot sausage. But it’s got lentils instead of beans.
Lentils seem to be something people love or hate and not much in between. If you haven’t tried them, you should. There enough different than beans to make a recipe, well…just different. AND they are high in protein. Which is good for you in most universes.
That’s all we have for now. I know…it’s a BIG LIST. But it’s all about crock pot sausage and/or kielbasa. I’ve not eaten each and every recipe but the ones I haven’t, I’d sure try!
Enjoy and let us know how you’re rockin’ your crock!
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