Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe – A traditional Creole red beans and rice recipe that everyone loves made easy in the slow cooker!
Red beans and rice, it is definitely always a family favorite meal at my house and one that is comforting and delicious. I remember growing up that Mama would make it for special meals when she knew that she would be home all day so that she could tend to it on the stove, having to make sure that she kept plenty of liquid in the Dutch oven so it didn’t scorch.
Now, I just take about 5 minutes to toss everything for the red beans into the slow cooker, set the timer and walk away. No need to babysit the pot or hover around the kitchen. Talk about easy! This remake of a family favorite goes down as a definite win in my book!
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe
How to Make Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe
To make my easy slow cooker red beans and rice, I start using dried red beans. I rinse them and pick through them to make sure they are clean before adding them to the slow cooker. If you prefer, you can soak your dried red beans overnight, but I’ve found that they still are just as delicious without soaking them when I cook them in the slow cooker.
To the beans, I also add in my smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, chili powder, and water. For the smoked sausage, you can use a spicy andouille sausage or a milder version based on your preference. I will say that when I serve this to guests, I make sure to use a milder variety since the spiciness of andouille sausage might not work for everyone. If you aren’t sure, I would suggest going mild to begin with but trying it with the andouille at some point too!
Once you add the water, stir all of the ingredients together so that they are well combined, pop the lid onto your slow cooker and set the timer for 6 hours on high. You may need to adjust the time for your specific slow cooker, but I’ve found that the beans are tender at 6 hours on high in my 6-quart as well as 7-quart slow cookers. Test the beans to make sure they are tender by gently pressing one alongside the side of the slow cooker insert. If ready, it will give to the pressure. If not, replace the lid on the slow cooker and cook in 30-minute intervals on high until tender.
Once the beans are cooked tender, give your red beans another stir to combine all of the flavors. I have to say, it is mighty hard to resist this big pot cooking away throughout the day. The smell is out of this world!
As the red beans are finishing, cook your favorite rice according to the package directions.
Add rice to each serving bowl and top with a ladle filled with the red beans. Then, top your red beans and rice with green onions and parsley for serving and devour!
How to Freeze Red Beans and Rice Recipe
Once cooked, allow to cool completely and then portion 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.
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
- 1 pound dried red kidney beans rinsed
- 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
- 7 cups water
- 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, chili powder, and water to a 6-quart slow cooker. Set on high setting and cook for 6 hours.
- Cook rice according to package directions.
- Serve red beans over top of the cooked rice. Top with fresh green onions and parsley.