Crock-pot Red Beans and Rice ~ Family Favorite Recipe

With four hungry boys in the house, I am often looking for dishes that are nutritious and loved by the boys without breaking the bank.  My little carnivores would love nothing more than to scarf down up to half a pound of meat in one sitting, but my pocket book can’t handle it.  Thank goodness I discovered that they love homemade red beans and rice which allows me to stretch the meat while maintaining loads of protein that they need to grow.


Having grown up in the south, I was quite familiar with red beans and rice.  However, the super creamy rendition I recall from school cafeterias is full of lard.  My personal health consciousness just won’t tolerate adding that much fat for the sake of a creamy texture.


After trying several recipes, I found a Red Beans and Rice recipe on Allrecipes that tasted great and the boys love.  Of course, I’ve tweaked it a little for spiciness, although I’ve been upping the heat factor a bit recently.  While I typically make it with the sausage, I have kept it vegetarian for me and topped the beans with sausage pieces for the boys.


Red Beans and Rice


Making Red Beans and Rice


I always prep things before I start cooking.  Slicing the onions and celery is made much easier using the slicer shredder on my Bosch mixer.

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Onions, celery, garlic and peppers get sautéed in the pan for a few minutes.

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After gathering the spices, I measure them all into a small custard cup so it’s one quick ‘dump’ into the pan with the sautéed vegetables.

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The beans, water and bay leaf go into the crockpot first with the seasoned vegetables being mixed into the crock. 

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Four hours on high is a minimum and the setting I’ll use on my programmable crockpot when I get it started by Noon with dinner at 6 p.m.  However, I have found that the kidney beans we get in bulk up here are ‘tougher’ and need a longer cook time.  So, I need to get it into the pot by 10 a.m. and programmed for 6 hours on high to cook.

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About half an hour before I plan to serve the meal, I pull about a cup of beans from the pot and mash them (either by hand or in a blender.)  Adding them back into the pot to simmer helps to thicken the meal. 

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If you want the flavor of sausage to permeate the beans, this is the time to add the diced up smoked sausage as well.

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Our preferred sides are a tossed salad and a nice wedge of homemade cornbread.  And, of course, the red beans is served atop a nice bed of rice (we usually do brown rice.)


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What is a favorite dinner dish for your family?





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This is adapted from the recipe I originally found on

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Red Beans and Rice ~ Family Favorite Recipe
Healthy Red Beans and Rice for a taste of Louisiana without all the fat.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 12+
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 2 pounds kidney beans, pre-soaked
  • olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of your pan
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 green peppers, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 12 cups water
  • 4 bay leafs
  • up to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried sage
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • up to 2 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1 to 2 pounds of smoked sausage
  1. In your crock-pot, add the presoaked beans, bay leafs and 12 cups of water.
  2. Using just enough oil to coat the bottom of your pan, saute the onions, garlic, celery and peppers for several minutes. Alternative, you can use a spray like Pam if using nonstick cookware and wanting to go extremely low fat.
  3. Add the spices, stirring to completely coat those cooked vegetables. After another few minutes, add the seasoned vegetables to the crock-pot.
  4. Cook on high for a minimum of 4 hours.
  5. Approximately one half hour before serving, remove 1 cup of the cooked beans. Mash or puree in a blender and then add back to the pot, stirring well. At this point, you can also add diced smoked sausage to further season the beans.
  6. Serve over rice.
** when the boys wanted it milder, I used a Creole seasoning blend instead of a Cajun one. I also cut back the amount of cayenne pepper. ** green pepper are ideal for the extra 'bite'. However, I've made this using other bell peppers without ill effect.



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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.


  1. I’ve been using my crock pot a lot lately. My family would enjoy this recipe!

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  2. My husband LOVES Red Beans & Rice. I haven’t found a good recipe though. In OK, I’d get him some from Popeyes that was his favorite, but we don’t have one near us now, so I bookmarked this one to try it :)
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    • Well, it’s not the same super creamy like the red beans from Popeyes, Karen. But, we’ve grown to love the healthier one at home which is a lot more cost effective for our big family. I’d say to play with the amount of spices to get the right ‘blend’ for him. And, definitely do NOT skip the mashed beans step to help it be creamier. My recipe doubled the amount made (which can always be frozen for future lunches, too.) Or, cut the amounts in half.
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  3. I love beans and rice! And this is so much easier than my recipe thanks to the Crock Pot. Definitely need to try it.
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  4. I’m drooling, totally love red beans and rice! I need a shredder too!

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  5. LOVE this. It’s different than our usual crock pot chili, so I’m game!!

  6. I am going to have to try this recipe. We are on a mission to use our Crock Pot at least once a week.
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  7. Yum, this sounds like an amazing recipe.. especially for the chilly weather we’ve been having. Thanks so much 😉

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  8. This looks really good! I’m putting it on my menu for next week!

  9. We love red beans and rice, I haven’t made it in a while but I have some elk sausage in the freezer that is screaming to be made into red beans and rice.

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  10. I want a Bosch! The sautued veggies look yummy enough to eat on their own. I’ll have to try this dish sometime.

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  11. I love using the crock pot! This looks really yummy!

  12. We love beans and rice. Would love to try it in the crockpot!

  13. Yummm, I am from new orleans so I am a huge Red Beans and Rice fan!!
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  14. Fawn Strunk

    Well I have a super picky family so this dish I would love to make. I willtry this to see if the family will eat it.

  15. This looks great! i just started Crockpot Beef Strogonaff for dinner tonight.
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  16. Lisa R

    I love cooking in the crock pot. I make my sauce in meatballs in there now. This way I can walk away from the stove and not have to watch over it in case it burns. I love rice like this but never had a recipe. My neighbor makes something like this but not in a crock pot. I can’t wait to try it

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  17. Robin Wilson says:

    First ~ thank you so much for the print version of this recipe! I just love good meals that I can cook in a crock pot and this one is great. We love meals like this in cold weather, so it may be a few months before I prepare, but I will make it and let you know how I do. Thanks for sharing!

  18. mmmm i bet those onions smell good when they’re cooking!
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  19. Mya Murphy says:

    I am CRAZY about my crock pot and am so going to try this recipe. Looks delicious and filling!!

  20. natalie parvis says:

    Wow. This looks beyond delicious! My hubs would love it.

  21. Red beans and rice is one of my favorite dishes! This looks amazing!
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  22. Looks delicious! I am going to try this

  23. Alexei Petrov says:

    Thank You very much for recipe. I love beans i would make it tomorrow.

  24. I’m always looking for more meatless meals especially for Lent! I pinned this one to my Lent Pinterest board! Thanks Laura!
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  25. One thing about beans and rice is that if you prepare them ahead of time it will save a lot of time. But the crockpot way is good as well because you can cook it unsupervised.

  26. Michelle B says:

    My favorite meal is any that goes with cornbread! Thanks for the recipe, I am starting a catalog of crockpot recipes so that it is easier to actually put together :)

  27. Jeanine says:

    I love red beans and rice but I don’t have a good recipe for it. I’ve always had it with a neck bone in it, cooked on the stove top. And you teased with corn bread but didn’t include a recipe for that. Gonna post one?

  28. I am looking forward to breaking out the crockpot and doingsome nice warm soups and such- this would be a great recipe for a cool fall day!

  29. This looks tasty! One of our family favorite meals is sausages fried up with potatoes and onions.
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