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Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice w/ Sausage

This traditional red beans & rice w/ sausage is an excellent comfort food. It's nutritious too! Red beans and rice together (with or without the sausage) is a complete protein and an excellent source of fiber.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 15 mins
Course: Crock Pot, Crockpot, Main Course
Cuisine: Comfort Food, Slow Cooker
Servings: 8


  • 1/2 pound dried red beans soaked then cooked overnight
  • 4 to 6 cups of water
  • 4 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1- pound smoked sausage andouille sausage, or kielbasa; sliced 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick
  • 1 leftover ham hock or 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 8 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning or to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 8 cups cooked rice optional


  • Pour the beans, water, and stock into the crockpot.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and brown the sausage in the melted butter.
  • Remove the sausage and toss in the crockpot with the beans.
  • Add the onion, peppers, garlic, and celery to the drippings in the skillet. Cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan and pour this, the butter and the vegetables into the slow cooker.
  • Add the ham hock (or diced ham), bay leaves, and half the creole seasoning. Stir and squish the ham hock under the liquid.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours.
  • Remove the bay leaves and season with remaining Creole seasoning and black pepper.
  • Serve over rice if desired.


Notes: Don't forget to fish out the bay leaves. Bay leaves are a wonderful herb for adding flavor to soups and stews, BUT they can be dangerous if swallowed. They do not soft during the cooking process and can cut the inside of your throat. Find them and discard, always.

If you prefer your beans to have a creamy texture you have two ways to get them creamier.
  • Tilt the lid during the last couple hours of cooking. You can also turn the slow cooker to high. This will allow part of the liquids to evaporate.
  • You can also use a potato masher during the last 30 to 60 minutes.
Both methods work. You can also combine the two for excellent results.