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Red Beans & Rice: Day 3 of the 7 Days of Drool-Worthy Slow Cooker Meals

Red Beans & Rice: Day 3 of the 7 Days of Drool-Worthy Slow Cooker Meals

Welcome to day three of our “7 Days of Drool-Worthy Slow Cooker Meals” series! Today, we’re bringing a taste of the South straight to your kitchen with a classic recipe many love: Red Beans & Rice. If you’re searching for a hearty, soul-satisfying dish that’s as easy to make as delicious, you’re in the right place.

Imagine a pot filled with tender red beans, andouille sausage, and smoked ham , all simmering together in a flavorful blend of spices and aromatics. This dish is a symphony of flavors, combining the sausage’s smokiness, the ham’s richness, and the warmth of spices like chili powder, cumin, and cayenne. It’s comfort food at its finest. As we guide you through this mouthwatering journey, you’ll see how simple it is to create this Southern classic in your trusty slow cooker. So, grab your ingredients, set your cooker, and get ready to savor the irresistible charm of Red Beans and Rice!

Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice

Red beans and rice cooked in a slow cooker is a drool-worthy dish that is both hearty and flavorful. The slow cooking method allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a satisfying and comforting meal.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8
Calories 509 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker


  • 1 lb dried red beans
  • 13 oz Andouille Sausage sliced
  • 1 ham steak (cubed) (Or ham shank)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar or swerve brown sugar
  • 8 cups cooked rice for serving


  • Sort and clean the dry beans. You do not have to soak these ahead of time when cooking in a slow cooker. It is your choice.
  • Over medium heat, cook the onion and bell pepper until soft. Add pressed garlic cloves and cook an additional minute.
  • Add the Andouille sausage to the slow cooker. Place the onion and pepper mixture on top. Add the remaining ingredients (except rice). Stir well.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker, set the temperature to high, and cook for 6 – 8 hours.
  • Once the beans are tender then it is ready to serve. You can either pour the cooked rice in the crockpot or just dip some in a bowl and serve the red beans over it. Enjoy!


I always soak my beans overnight. If you soak them overnight, the next morning pour the water out and rinse the beans before putting them in the crockpot. Watch my video if you are unsure how to sort, clean, and soak beans. 
Even if you don’t soak the beans, be sure to sort and clean the beans before using.
Keyword Easy Recipes, Red Beans & Rice, Slow Cooker

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