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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!

White bowl filled with Red Beans and Rice, with pieces of smoked sausage, garnished with green onion and parsley  // addapinch.com
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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!

Slow cooker insert filled with red beans, chopped onion, sliced sausage  // addapinch.com

How to Make Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe

To make this dish, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 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
Slow Cooker insert with red beans, onions, seasonings, bell pepper, sliced sausage // addapinch.com

Step by Step Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
Slow Cooker with cooked red beans recipe with sausage, bell pepper and onions all spooned into a ladle // addapinch.com
  • Cook rice. As the red beans are finishing, cook your favorite rice according to the package directions.
Spoon in a bowl of garnished Red Beans with sausage and bell pepper and onions // addapinch.com
  • 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.

Refrigerator

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.

Freezer

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.

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4.56 from 36 votes

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Bean 4 hrs 10 mins

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe - A  traditional Creole red beans and rice recipe that everyone loves made easy in the slow cooker!  // addapinch.com
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Servings 10
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe – A traditional Creole red beans and rice recipe that everyone loves made easy in the slow cooker! 

Ingredients  

  • 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

Optional Garnish

  • green onions chopped, for garnish
  • fresh parsley chopped, for garnish

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

Substitutions:

Andouille Sausage

This is a mild recipe with smoked sausage.  For a spicier version, use a spicy andouille sausage. 

Stone House Seasoning

Use 1 ½ teaspoons Stone House Seasoning in place of the garlic and salt called for in the recipe. 

How to Store Red Beans and Rice

This recipe is perfect to make ahead and it freezes well.

Refrigerator

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.

Freezer

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.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 13.2mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 4mg

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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe - A  traditional Creole red beans and rice recipe that everyone loves made easy in the slow cooker!  // addapinch.com

Originally published September 2017. Updated 2021.

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Comments

  1. I haven’t tried this yet, but will this week. Basic recipe sounds fine. But did you really mean 4 cups of uncooked rice? That makes a ton of rice!

  2. 5 stars
    I have never had red beans and rice before today. I found this recipe while looking for an easy dinner solution at about 3:00 PM. Because I didn’t have time to put it in the slow cooker I made it on the stovetop. It was so easy. We paired it with your carrot salad. It was a very filling meal.

    1. Sarah, I’m so glad you liked the red beans and rice since you had not tried them before. Hope you find many more recipes here you like. Thanks!

    1. Vickie, I don’t add any liquid other than is in the undrained cans 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.

    1. Laura, I don’t add any liquid other than is 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

  3. How long would u recommended if cooking on low? My slow cooker will switch to warm but if I was to cook on high for 4 hrs then it would have to sit on warm for another 4 or 5 hours

  4. If you have access to them, use blue runner creole style red beans! Takes out the smashing work and makes red beans come out like my grandmother does!

  5. Are you supposed to add water or broth? The recipe doesn’t include any liquids, but most of the commenters said they used 2-6 cups of liquid . Please clear this up.

    1. You won’t add any water or broth when using the canned beans, Patricia, unless your canned beans don’t contain any liquid. I have found I have plenty of liquid when I leave one can undrained. The comments about adding the 2-6 cups of liquid was referring to the original recipe using dried beans. Hope you enjoy!

  6. Made this tonight for dinner as written, using smoked sausage vs the andouille. My youngest isn’t fond of spicy. While it was good, even he felt it was a bit bland and could definitely benefit from the andouille sausage, maybe even some additional chili powder. For those concerned about not enough liquid being added to the crockpot? The veggies do add liquid to the pot as it cooks, and we found it sufficient, but you could always choose to drain just one can of beans and keep the liquid of two to add to it. Definitely making it again with some adjustments!

    1. Thanks, Polly, some beans have more liquid than others so you can drain or not drain the beans accordingly. Also, I have family and friends who cannot tolerate spicy sausage and love this with the smoked sausage. Others love it with the spicy andouille. I hope you find just the combination your family loves. Thanks!