Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow cooker red beans and rice is so full of Cajun flavor and so easy to prepare!  We make this recipe at least once a month.  The whole family loves this stuff.  

Eight ingredients, chopped, dumped, and cooked for hours.  This is perfect to start in the morning before work or on a busy day and just forget it until dinner.

How easy is that? Who doesn’t need an easy slow cooker recipe every now and then?

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • It’s a time saver! No worrying about having to prepare dinner once you arrive home.
  • Simple pantry and kitchen ingredients make it easy to throw together.
  • It makes a large batch to serve 8 people. This means leftovers for the family of four.

Tips and Variations

  • We used Andouille sausage in this recipe but smoked sausage works too.
  • You can use small or large red kidney beans. The cooking time might vary between the two sizes so check the tenderness of the beans at about 5-6 hours of cooking time.
  • Make sure you cook on HIGH to ensure the beans are cooked in time.
  • There is no need to soak the beans overnight.
  • You can also replace some of the water with chicken broth or chicken stock.
  • Want it even spicier? Add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper.

How to Make Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Rinse beans thoroughly and put them into a crockpot.

Chop the sausage, onion, celery, and bell pepper. Place the red beans, all the vegetables, sausage, bay leaves, creole seasoning, and 7 cups of water or chicken stock in the slow cooker, give it a stir.  

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice in the crock with a ladle full lifted out.

Cook for 7 hours on high or until the beans are tender. If it’s not thick enough remove the lid for an hour.

What to Serve with this Dish

Serve over cooked rice.  

Red beans and rice is very filling on their own, but we like to serve them with cornbread.

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Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice - Dinner almost prepares its self with this recipe. Full of Cajun flavor!

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Dinner almost prepares its self with this recipe. Full of Cajun flavor!
4.70 from 10 votes
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Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: crock pot, red beans and rice, slow cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 495kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 1 lb dried red beans
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds Andouille sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons Creole Seasoning


  • Rinse beans thoroughly and put into crock pot.
  • Add vegetables, sausage, creole seasoning, bay leaves, and water to the beans.
  • Cook on high for about 7 hours. If you would like it thicker remove the lid and cook another 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • When ready to serve, cook rice according to the package.
  • Place the desired amount of red beans in the bowl, top with rice and serve.


Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 781mg | Potassium: 1104mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg

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  1. We love Red Beans and Rice your recipe looks awesome! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. OH this looks amazing I will have to bookmark it for later. I love a good recipe. Huge foodie here. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me and your continual support as it’s getting quieter and quieter on SWM these days I hope it long continues for us all to share. #sharewithme5 stars

  3. Oh my, this looks so yummy…and easy! My kids LOVE beans and rice. They are going to really enjoy this dish. Pinning! #ShareWithMe

  4. Looks delicious I love ultimate comfort meal thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. Pinning and tweeting.

  5. I love a slow cooker recipe, especially something like this which is tasty, hearty and looks warming. Perfect for the winter. I would definitely like to try this.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  6. This looks really yummy! Love slow cooker meals. Nice to have it all ready at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. I’m a big fan of red beans and rice, this looks so good, great idea to use the slow cooker! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

  8. My family is going to love you for this! This is a favorite and the crock pot will make it easier! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!5 stars

  9. My husband loves red beans & rice. And I love my slow cooker. A great combination! Visiting today from While I’m waiting. Have great day!

  10. I always am looking for great crock pot recipes and this looks like a winner. I like the fact that it is amde with sauage – sounds good. Saving for later. Thanks for sharing.

  11. My husband makes red beans and rice, but I have to say your recipe looks way better! I’ll have to share your recipe with him πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted.

  12. Think this will be in my crockpot tomorrow! Or today if I can get those beans in a quick soak. This sounds perfect for a cold winter dinner. Putting it in my tailwind queue right now!
    Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Looks like a yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned shared. Have a great weekend!

      1. Looks healthy and somewhat lite. I’m planning buy 2 qt crock pot but needs to know right amount to use a ingredients.
        Can u tell me that?

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