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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
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3.45 from 9 votes

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Enjoy this slow-cooked bean and rice dish that is nutritious and packed with flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Slow Cooker
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 271kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • Minimum Slow Cooker size: 5 quarts


Beans and Rice Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 3/4 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly snipped thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 30 ounces dark red kidney beans canned
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium, fat free
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice uncooked

Sausage Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken 93% works well
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


For the Sausage

  • Place all the above sausage ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until well blended. Make into small meatballs, about 1/2". Refrigerate while veggies are cooking.

For the Beans and Rice

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium-low, add onions, bell pepper and celery, sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté one additional minute. Add sautéed onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic and remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, stir to combine.
  • Add sausage meatballs and stir gently, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Recommend 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Separately, cook brown rice according to the directions on the package.
  • Remove the bay leaf and serve sausage meatballs and beans over a bed of brown rice.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6