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Crock Pot Red Beans and Sausage


I just had to try this.  I used kielbasa sausage to ensure that the whole family would eat it, but it probably would have been great with some Cajun or Andouille sausages.  This recipe makes quite a bit, so I put half of it in the freezer for another day.  We also had to make more rice, as the one box of yellow rice didn’t cut it for how many beans there were.  Even over plain rice it was still very flavorful and tasty.

Serves 10-12 for about $0.56/serving


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1 16 oz package dry red beans – $0.48

7 cups water

1 bell pepper, any color, chopped – $0.78

1 medium onion, chopped – $0.33

3 celery stalks, chopped – $0.78

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 36 oz box of chicken broth or stock – $1.40

1 pound smoked sausage, such as Kielbasa – $2.98

2 tablespoons Tony’s Creole Seasoning

1 box of Zatarains yellow rice (You would probably need 3 boxes for how many beans it makes!  I made some white rice the next day for leftovers, and it still tasted great.)


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Sort beans to check for rocks and grit, then rinse well.

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In a crock pot combine all ingredients EXCEPT the yellow rice.  Cook for 6-8 hours.

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Prepare yellow rice according to box directions. (25 minutes cook time here, so plan for this).

Ladle red beans-sausage mixture over rice.  The final product was kind of soupy, so could probably be eaten as such, but was great over rice and in burritos too.