Photo: Howard Lee Puckett; Styling: Sissy Lamerton
Prep Time
15 Mins
Total Time
7 Hours
Makes 10 cups (serving size: 1 cup with 1 cup rice)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Serve red bean mixture with hot cooked rice, and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Step 3

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Step 4

Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice: Substitute frozen meatless smoked sausage, thawed and thinly sliced, for turkey sausage.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Liked it a lot!

August 20, 2015
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! 

teacher206's Review

April 15, 2012

krash17's Review

January 20, 2014
we love this recipe - make sure you use a creole spice blend that includes salt, and sub stock for water. helps with a lots of the blandness in other reviews. i also add sausage later in cooking.

jujubeetle's Review

September 27, 2012

LutzCat's Review

September 20, 2010
Cooked this for seven hours, and it still had a lot of liquid in it. I then took the cover off, and let it cook down for about another hour, and it thickened into a really nice sauce. Adjusted flavor by adding some salt, a little more creole seasoning, and a healthy shake of hot sauce. Used Hillshire Farm chicken smoked sausage for the meat. Served with freshly cooked apples and corn bread. Really enjoyed this.

alexisawk's Review

February 09, 2010
Very tasty- made it with fresh andouille- but was waaay too hot. So much for being creative. Making it this week with turkey smoked sausage- and looking forward to it. The taste was great and filling!

AlisaMason's Review

January 29, 2013

MollyMcAU's Review

February 03, 2010
Easy, delicious and healthy!! We liked it best without the purple onion on top, just to eliminate the crunch. We also added a little more tabasco, because we like it spicy! I served it with brown rice for my diabetic dad and it worked great. Everyone gave it a thumbs up!

Dkunnanz21's Review

October 19, 2013
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.

kchalm1's Review

November 23, 2011