Slow-Cooker Creole Red Beans & Smoked Sausage

160471228For folks who love the melded flavor of a spicy signature South Louisiana comfort dish but don’t have the luxury of time, this recipe provides a fresh and tasty alternative to canned goods. It also offers antioxidants, protein, folate, minerals, and fiber, including resistant starch. Resistant starch, a new buzz word in health circles, boosts the body’s ability to burn fat, helps you feel full, controls blood sugar and even reduces cancer risk, earning it a spot on’s Top 10 Superfoods for Woman. Throw everything in the crock pot before heading off to school, work or the ball field and come home to a hot-cooked meal. 


  • 1 lb. Camellia dried red beans
  • 1 lb. Alexander’s Smoked Sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • dash of red pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups cooked rice or quinoa (optional)


Combine first 7 ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours. Discard bay leaf; stir in salt and pepper to taste. Serve alone or over cooked rice or quinoa. Garnish with chopped green onion tops if desired. 

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