Born and raised in Louisiana, this is a Monday staple. Red kidney beans slow cooked with smoked sausage served over rice with cornbread on the side. Yum!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water, kidney beans, sausage, onion, green bell pepper, celery, garlic, and bay leaf in the bowl of a slow cooker and stir to combine. Set slow cooker to Low and cook for at least 8 hours. Remove bay leaf and discard. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.

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Cook's Note:

Do not add salt until the end of the cooking process; this helps the beans to cook nice and creamy.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 22.6g 45% DV; carbohydrates 39g 13% DV; fat 14.2g 22% DV; cholesterol 28.9mg 10% DV; sodium 675.6mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2014
I refer to this recipe every time. It is absolutely amazing! - I know several ways to prepare red beans as well as pinto beans- this one is by far the best and very worth the tine and ingredients to make it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/27/2014
Pretty good meal... Needed salt!!!! Read More
(3)
62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2014
I refer to this recipe every time. It is absolutely amazing! - I know several ways to prepare red beans as well as pinto beans- this one is by far the best and very worth the tine and ingredients to make it. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2015
Loved this. I had to make it with what I had on hand. I soaked the beans over night. I then started them in the crockpot with chicken broth I had frozen. I used no water. I did add 2 bay leaves. I added a few slices of sausage for flavor. I had garlic head I had roasted and added that with onion. I added paprika and cayenne pepper. The beans cooked most of the day and night because I like using the low setting. I mashed some when done to add creamy texture. I then added the rest of the sausage and had some chicken I added too. It tasted wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2015
I made with only one change, I added smoked turkey to it. I allowed the turkey to sit in the slow cooker with the chicken broth for about an hour, so that it will get tender and easy to shred off the bone, then I added all of the ingredients. It came out great considering that the turkey has its own seasoning as well. This will be in my regular rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2016
OH good gravy this is amazing! My husband has been craving this and I decided to try it for the first time. He was scared at first and questioned...everything...but after two bowls he said it was the best red beans and rice he's ever had! That's right...I impressed the big guy. The entire house smelled wonderful! ****I soaked the beans overnight in water so that they'd be good and ready on time! I also substituted chicken broth for the water. That's it! Did everything according to the directions. It's a little bland for our taste but perfect for the kids and all we had to do was add salt and hot sauce to it in our own bowls. Served over white rice...of course...along with corn bread. Awwww yeah... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2014
I omitted the bay leaf and added a can of rotel tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2014
Pretty darn good nice and easy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2015
The only changes I made was that I left out the celery and I swapped the bell pepper for a jalapeno pepper because I don't like celery or bell peppers. Very tasty and easy to make. The beans were much more tender than any of the times I've tried to cook them on the stove top. I added some salt and pepper after the cooking was done as instructed but didn't need to add nearly as much as I thought I would. I guess a lot of the saltiness from the smoked sausage worked its way into the beans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2014
Love it! Followed the recipe without any alterations and it was excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2016
Delicious! The first time I followed exactly and it was great however the leftovers get a little thick from all the bean starch. Now I make it and sub beef broth for the water and its even better. After we eat it the first time around I mix in an extra cup of broth before stowing the leftovers and its the perfect thickness. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/27/2014
Pretty good meal... Needed salt!!!! Read More
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