Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Don't be turned off by the total time this recipe requires: Eight hours are simply for soaking beans overnight, and another eight are for hands-off cooking. Because dried kidney beans contain a toxin that's not killed at the low temperatures of the slow cooker, we boil them briskly for 10 minutes first; don't be tempted to skip this step.


Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 1/2 cup rice, and 1 1/2 teaspoons green onions)
Total time: 16 Hours, 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 16 Hours, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 486
Fat 10.1 g
Satfat 3.3 g
Monofat 5.2 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 30 g
Carbohydrate 65 g
Fiber 16 g
Cholesterol 33 mg
Iron 7 mg
Sodium 634 mg
Calcium 117 mg


1 pound dried red kidney beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound andouille sausage, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped poblano chile
1 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (12-ounce) can lager-style beer (such as Budweiser)
4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, divided
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 cups hot cooked long-grain rice


1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain beans.

2. Return beans to saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes; drain.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage; cook 6 minutes or until browned. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through garlic); cook 8 minutes. Stir in beer; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Place sausage mixture in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add beans, stock, red pepper, black pepper, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

4. Discard bay leaves. Stir in 1/4 cup green onions and vinegar. Serve over rice; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup green onions.

Robin Bashinsky,

Cooking Light

September 2014
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