I have never been to New Orleans. Actually, not even Louisiana. So if I’ve done this wrong, forgive me. But this Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice is really, really good. And so comforting.
A few things I changed from the original recipe: I left out the celery, because I knew my kids wouldn’t eat it. So feel free to add it back in if you’d like. And I doubled the amount of sausage. So maybe now we should call it Red Beans and Sausage and Rice. I’m good with that.
You do definitely need to boil your beans first, or they’ll never get done in the slow cooker. And do cook it on high, at least until the beans are done. Then go ahead and turn it down if you aren’t going to eat it right away
Also, andouille sausage is fairly spicy, so keep that in mind if and when you add the jalapeno and cayenne pepper. This does make enough to feed an army, so feel free to half the recipes. It freezes well too.
Red Beans and Rice (Slow Cooker)
- 1 pound dried red beans
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds andouille sasage, sliced
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Hot cooked rice, for serving
- Green onions, for garnish
- Rinse and drain beans. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with water by 2 inches.
- Bring beans to a boil on the stove top. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour.
- Place the remaining ingredients, except for the rice and green onions, in a slow cooker. Cover and turn to high.
- When the beans have soaked for one hour, drain and add to the slow cooker. Continue cooking on high for 7-8 hours, or until beans are tender.
- Serve over rice. Garnish with green onions.
Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from My Recipes