Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Cajun seasoning and red pepper sauce add the right amount of zip to a classic rice and beans dish.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

2
smoked pork hocks (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1
small onion, chopped ( 1/4 cup)
1
can (15 ounces) red beans, rinsed and drained
1
dried bay leaf
1
can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1
tablespoon red pepper sauce
1
medium bell pepper, coarsely chopped ( 3/4 cup)
3
cups water
3
cups uncooked instant rice
2
teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1
pound fully cooked smoked sausage, cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Place pork hocks in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Top with onion, beans, bay leaf, tomato sauce, pepper sauce and bell pepper in order listed.
  • 2 Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 9 hours.
  • 3 About 30 minutes before serving, heat water to boiling in 2-quart saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat and stir in rice. Cover and let stand about 5 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff rice with fork before serving.
  • 4 Meanwhile, remove pork from cooker; place on cutting board. Pull meat from bones, using 2 forks; discard bones and skin. Return pork to cooker. Stir in Cajun seasoning and sausage. Increase heat setting to high. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until sausage is heated through.
  • 5 For each serving, place 1/2 cup rice in soup bowl and top with 3/4 cup red bean mixture.

Expert Tips

If you can't find smoked pork hocks, you may substitute 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham.

Use Louisiana-style hot sauce for a more authentic flavor.

Long cooking can leach out the flavor from smoked sausage, so we added it at the end to keep the flavor in the sausage where it belongs.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
475
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
1420mg
1420%;
Total Carbohydrate
54g
54%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
24%;
Exchanges:
2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.