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This delicious Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice recipe is a traditional Creole red beans and rice favorite made easy in the slow cooker! Freezes well for meal prepping too!
Red Beans and Rice is definitely a favorite meal at my house. It’s so comforting and delicious. The ingredients for this satisfying meal are inexpensive, readily available in the grocery store, and usually found in most stocked pantries. Beans are definitely a scrumptious and nutritious food we enjoy. Just like these beans, we love black beans and pinto beans as well in so many dishes. They are great to keep on hand in the pantry for a meatless meal or a perfect side dish.
But the best part of this recipe is how scrumptious it is – and how easy it is to make!
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe
I remember when I was growing up that Mama would make Red Beans and Rice when she knew that she would be home all day so that she could tend to it on the stove. Now, I just take about 5 minutes to toss the ingredients into the slow cooker, set the timer and smell the deliciousness as it cooks. No need to babysit the pot or hover around the kitchen, which makes this remake of a family favorite super simple to make and a winner in my book!
How to Make Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe
To make this dish, you’ll need:
- red kidney beans – You will need three 15-ounce cans of red kidney beans. You’ll drain two cans and leave one undrained.
- smoked sausage – Use your preference of a mild smoked sausage or a spicy andouille sausage for more spice.
- celery ribs – chopped
- green bell pepper – chopped
- onion – chopped
- garlic cloves – I also love to use Stone House Seasoning in place of the salt and garlic in this recipe. If using instead of the garlic cloves and salt, use 1 ½ teaspoons.
- Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos – I love to use coconut aminos since I am sensitive to soy.
- salt – see the note for garlic cloves
- chili powder
- uncooked long grain rice
- Optional Garnish: green onions and/ or fresh parsley
Step by Step Instructions
- Prep. Add red beans (2 cans drained, 1 can undrained), smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic (or Stone House Seasoning), Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos), salt, and chili powder to a 6-quart slow cooker.
- Cook. Stir all of the ingredients together so that they are well combined, place the lid onto your slow cooker and set the timer for 4 hours on High. Once the beans and other vegetables are tender, give your red beans another stir to combine all of the flavors. I have to say, the aroma coming from slow cooker is out of this world!
- Cook rice. As the red beans are finishing, cook your favorite rice according to the package directions.
- Serve. Once both beans and rice are done, add rice to each serving bowl. Top each bowl of rice with a serving of the red beans. To garnish, top your red beans and rice with chopped green onions and chopped fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy!
How to Store Red Beans and Rice
This recipe is perfect to make ahead and it freezes well.
Once cooled, place cooked and cooled red beans in air tight container(s) and do the same for the cooled rice. It will last 5-6 days in the refrigerator.
To freeze, allow the red beans and the rice to cool completely. Portion each into freezer safe container(s). Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When ready to serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat and serve.
More Slow Cooker Favorites
Here’s my Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe
- 2 (15-ounce cans) red kidney beans, drained
- 1 (15-ounce can) red kidney beans, undrained
- 1/2 pound smoked sausage thinly sliced (andouille or smoked)
- 3 celery ribs chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 4 cups uncooked long grain rice
- green onions chopped, for garnish
- fresh parsley chopped, for garnish
- Add red kidney beans, smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to a 6-quart slow cooker. Set on high setting and cook for 4 hours.
- Cook rice according to package directions.
- Serve red beans over top of the cooked rice. Top with fresh green onions and parsley.
Andouille SausageThis is a mild recipe with smoked sausage. For a spicier version, use a spicy andouille sausage.
Stone House SeasoningUse 1 ½ teaspoons Stone House Seasoning in place of the garlic and salt called for in the recipe.
How to Store Red Beans and RiceThis recipe is perfect to make ahead and it freezes well.
RefrigeratorOnce cooled, place cooked and cooled red beans in air tight container(s) and do the same for the cooled rice. It will last 5-6 days in the refrigerator.
FreezerTo freeze, allow the red beans and the rice to cool completely. Portion each into freezer safe container(s). Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat and serve.
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Originally published September 2017. Updated 2021.
I was surprised how good this turned out! It was so easy to throw together and tasted so good (even without the rice) I made this for my husband’s lunch for work and he raved about it 😋
I’m so glad your husband loved it, Erika!
Do you add water or broth to this recipe? if yes, how much?
Samuel, I don’t add any liquid other than that in the undrained can of kidney beans. If your beans don’t have very much liquid, you can add a little water. The vegetables create liquid as they cook so don’t add a lot of water or it will be too soupy. Hope this helps.
So easy to prepare and delicious!
Thanks, Susan. I love how easy this recipe is to make, too. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
This is absolutely DELICIOUS. I make this now in an almost weekly basis because my husband and I just can’t get enough! Have you ever made it in an instant pot? I’m curious to see if I can replicate it, in less time!
I’m sorry but I haven’t made this recipe in the Instant Pot, Mollie. I love that you and your husband enjoy this recipe.
Just curious…Rather than serving it over the cooked rice, can the cooked rice be all mixed in after everything else is done cooking in the crockpot? I want to take this to a party, I think it would be easier…. Thanks! This recipe sounds delicious!
Laura, you can mix the red beans and sauce with the rice if you want. I think it would be great that way for a party.
On your red beans and rice recipe do you not any kind of water or broth?
Christina, I don’t add any liquid other than that in the undrained can of kidney beans. If your beans don’t have very much liquid, you can add a little water. The vegetables create liquid as they cook so don’t add a lot of water or it will be too soupy. Hope you enjoy!