Rating: 3.5 stars
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 5

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.

Recipe by Southern Living December 2009


Credit: Howard Lee Puckett; Styling: Sissy Lamerton

Recipe Summary test

15 mins
7 hrs
Makes 10 cups (serving size: 1 cup with 1 cup rice)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

407 calories; fat 2.1g; saturated fat 0.8g; mono fat 0.2g; poly fat 0.2g; protein 19g; carbohydrates 77.1g; fiber 11.7g; cholesterol 15mg; iron 5.8mg; sodium 492mg; calcium 115mg.