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Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

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Crockpot red beans and rice is the ultimate comfort dish found around the world. This red beans and rice crockpot recipe is elevated to the next level with beans, ham, smoked sausage, loads of vegetables and seasonings, topped with rice for an easy meal cooked in the slow cooker that takes you only a few minutes to prep.

crockpot red beans and rice

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

Crockpot red beans and rice have always been a family favorite ever since I was a little girl. I remember my mom preparing it in the morning and then sitting down to it for dinner as a family. I loved how comforting this dish was. 

To this day I still love this dish for so many more reasons! 

  • It is easy to prepare in the morning and enjoy together as a family even on busy nights. 
  • All the ingredients you can easily have on hand to make it. There is no running to the store to grab what you need.
  • It makes a big batch that usually allows me to have leftovers for a few days. 
crockpot red beans and rice

This dish is also super adaptable for your family’s preferences as well as tastes. 

If you love easy crockpot meals, you will want to try crockpot ham and bean soup as well as slow cooker chicken pot pie

How to make red beans and rice in the crockpot

  • Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the beans are tender.
  • Remove the bay leaves. Serve over rice.

Tip Tricks and FAQs

  • If you would like to make this a vegetarian dish, you can easily omit the smoked sausage and ham. 
  • Don’t forget to rinse your beans prior to adding them to the recipe. You don’t need to soak them, but you do need to give them a good rinse. 
  • I love using red beans for this recipe, but you can swap them out for kidney beans if you would like. 
  • To spice up this dish you can add more cayenne pepper or add hot sauce to your desired temperature. 

Storage

Fridge

Store your leftover beans and rice in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Freezer

This recipe makes quite a bit and freezes nicely. To freeze, let the dish cool completely. Once it is cooled, store it in individual freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. 

To thaw, place in the fridge overnight. 

How do you thicken beans and rice?

This rice and beans recipe is pretty thick and thickens as it cools. But if you would like it to be a bit thicker you can do so by mixing 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 Tablespoons of water. Once it is well mixed, you can whisk a little bit at a time it into the crockpot until you have reached the perfect thickness. 

crockpot red beans and rice

What can I serve with red beans and rice?

Red beans and rice in the crockpot is really a complete meal, but if you would like to add some sides to it we love to serve it with:

  • Cornbread
  • Green salad
  • Green beans

Check out these other great crockpot dishes

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

Slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Crockpot Lasagna

crockpot red beans and rice

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Crockpot red beans and rice is the ultimate comfort dish found around the world. This red beans and rice recipe is elevated to the next level with beans, ham, smoked sausage, loads of vegetables and seasonings, topped with rice for an easy meal cooked in the slow cooker that takes you only a few minutes to prep.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried red beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound ham pieces
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut in half and sliced (turkey, kielbasa, or andouille)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground red (cayenne) pepper
  • Water
  • Rice, cooked

Instructions

    1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the beans are tender.
    3. Remove the bay leaves. Serve over rice..

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1071mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 26g

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