Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
16 Hours 30 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 1/2 cup rice, and 1 1/2 teaspoons green onions)

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 4

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

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Ratings & Reviews

ChrisInPA's Review

November 17, 2014
The best red beans and rice recipe I've tried. It's worth the time to do the dried beans. I do think it needed a little more salt, though.

Bethlyleshowell's Review

September 21, 2014
Although it did take a considerable amount of time (most of it unattended), it was really delicious! I served this with a spinach salad and crusty bread ~ it was VERY GOOD!

Taste of Nawlins!

October 18, 2016
This is my favorite crock pot recipe of all time. Seriously. I find it has a ton of flavor- make sure you're using authentic andouille sausage, it packs a lot of heat. I love to add a lot of cider vinegar to my personal serving. It's always a big hit- and we live near Cajun country!

Too Much Liquid

October 17, 2015
I was excited to try this crock pot recipe. I followed it exactly. The result was more like a soup. I think 4 cups of broth is too much. It watered down the flavor of the awesome ingredients. Will not make again

Absolutely Delicious

August 29, 2015
This was not bland.  I  made it per the recipe but added a bit more salt...I typically add salt to CL recipes.  Mine was not soupy or bland.  I used the andouille and poblano.  It had plenty of heat and flavor.   Will definitely make again

Made a few changes; found it very bland

June 10, 2015
I used pinto beans instead of kidney and used a jalapeno pepper instead of poblano.  Other than those two substitutions, I followed the recipe.  We thought it was bland and lacking in flavor.  I was disappointed and am hoping the leftovers are more flavorful.

definitely needs more salt

May 19, 2015
Was much soupier and blander than I expected it to be. Not terrible, but I don't see this one making the "keep" pile.

SUEOHB's Review

December 04, 2014
This was just OK. The spices were not great and it was a bit watery. I have made better versions of red beans and rice - albeit not in a slow cooker. I will just have to dig around to find the ones I previously made and liked better.

jws77406's Review

October 16, 2014

misangeles6's Review

September 26, 2014