Smoked turkey sausage, bell peppers, and red beans come together in this classic, easy slow-cooker recipe. Serve over long-grain rice for an amazing meal.
1 pound dried red beans
3/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
Hot cooked long-grain rice
Hot sauce (optional)
Garnish: finely chopped green onions, finely chopped red onion
How to Make It
Combine first 8 ingredients and 7 cups water in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender.
Serve red bean mixture with hot cooked rice, and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired.
Try These Twists!
Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice: Substitute frozen meatless smoked sausage, thawed and thinly sliced, for turkey sausage.
Per cup (with 1 cup rice): Calories 422; Fat 5g (sat 4g, mono 2g, poly 2g); Protein 5g; Carb 4g; Fiber 2g; Chol 0mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 530mg; Calc 113mg
Quick Skillet Red Beans and Rice: Substitute 2 (16-oz.) cans light kidney beans, drained and rinsed, for dried beans. Reduce Creole Seasoning to 2 tsp. Cook sausage and next 4 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sausage browns. Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Stir in 2 tsp. seasoning, beans, and 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes. Serve with hot cooked rice and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired. Makes 8 cups. Hands-on Time: 26 min., Total Time: 46 min.
Per cup (with 1 cup rice): Calories 424; Fat 2g (sat 1g, mono 2g, poly 4g); Protein 2g; Carb 5g; Fiber 6g; Chol 25mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 804mg; Calc 76mg
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It is SO easy (important on busy nights). I used minute rice...even easier. I added extra garlic and extra garlic powder. I bought an off brand cajun seasoning and we sprinkled more on individual portions and we loved it!
I followed the recipe to a T and unfortunately did not read the comments before making it, I ran into the same problem as most and it was very bland and just not great, I started this dish at 1am yesterday in the crockpot because I wanted it for a football party today, I tried it around 10AM and it was bland. After reading the comments I started to play with it, I added 3 bay leaves, sprinkled some Cayenne pepper and it was still bland. I was starting to get frustrated, I went to the store and got Andouille sausage and sliced it up added it to the pot, let it simmer for about another hour and Bam, that did it! So my advice is skip the smoked turkey sausage, add the Andouille, bay leaves and cayenne. Hope this helps others.
My husband and I both enjoyed this dish. I might try a cajun chicken sausage next time, rather than the smoked turkey sausage. We did add a touch of salt and some pepper once served, but that doesn't bother me, since everyone can season to taste.
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