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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup is for everyone who loves Red Beans and Rice and would enjoy same flavors in a soup! And this tasty soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet Phase Two. Use Slow Cooker Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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For years I’ve been a fan of Red Beans and Rice made in the slow cooker, and that recipe has been quite a hit on the blog.  What inspired me to come up with a version of slow cooker red beans and rice in soup form was the discovery of Amylu Chicken Andouille Sausage at Costco, a product I’ll probably use now when I make the original red beans and rice recipe.  Sadly the sausage didn’t show up at Costco in time for me to post this recipe for Mardi Gras, but these flavors always help me remember great times I’ve had in New Orleans, and love the spicy flavors that city is famous for.

When I shared some of this with my sister Pam she wasn’t sure if her family would like it, since some of them don’t like things too spicy, but halfway through dinner she texted me and said it was a hit.  If you’re cooking for kids you might use a bit less of the spicy Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (affiliate link) though, and those who want more heat can add Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) at the table.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

Here’s the two-pack of Amylu Chicken Andouille Sausage that inspired me to come up with the recipe! The sausage comes in packs of eight links, and they’re not too thick so I used all of one pack (20 oz.) in the soup.  If you’re buying the regular grocery store pack with 4 links, you can certainly use less. I taught school with a woman from Louisiana who taught me to love Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, (affiliate link) but if you don’t have this brand any Creole seasoning will work. (I am not being paid to feature these products and these companies have no idea I am doing it!)

I was using the Ninja Cooker (affiliate link), so I sauteed the onions, garlic, and spices right in the slow cooker, but you can definitely do this in a pan. I cut the sausage in half and then sliced it into half-moon pieces, but next time I might just go with round slices; take your pick! Put the onions, garlic, spices, cooked red beans, sliced sausage, chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and bay leave into the slow cooker.

Cook on high for  about 4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. While the soup cooks, cook enough rice to have 2 cups cooked rice and a little more for adding at the table.  (I used my favorite Zojirushi Rice Cooker (affiliate link) to cook the rice, but you can cook it on the stove too.) Add the cooked rice and cook about 20-30 minutes more on high, adding a tiny bit more stock or water if you’d like a thinner soup.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com
Serve hot, with additional rice and Green Tabasco Sauce to add at the table. If you’d like a lower-carb version of this tasty soup, serve with cauliflower rice!

More Tasty Ideas with Rice and Beans:

Slow Cooker Beans and Legumes Recipe Index ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Slow Cooker (or stovetop) Vegetarian Black Bean and Rice Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Popeye’s Red Beans and Rice ~ CopyKat Recipes
Quick and Easy Black Beans and Rice ~ The Perfect Pantry

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This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup is for everyone who loves Red Beans and Rice and would enjoy same flavors in a soup!


  • 1 large onion, chopped small
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 T finely minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano (Greek oregano preferred)
  • 1 T Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, more or less to taste depending on how spicy you want it.  (Remember the sausage is also a little spicy.)
  • 2 cans (15 oz. can) red beans, or 3 cups cooked red beans
  • 8 links (20 oz.) Amylu Chicken Andouille Sausage (or use any sausage you prefer, but I loved this sausage)
  • 8 cups homemade chicken stock (or use 5 cans chicken broth)
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (or more if you want a lot of heat)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups cooked white rice, plus more for serving if desired.  (It takes 1/2 cup uncooked rice to make 2 cups cooked rice; I cooked one cup of rice for the recipe but I had some left over.)


  1. Heat the oil in the bottom of the slow cooker (or in a pan if your slow cooker doesn’t brown), add the onion and saute until it’s starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic, dried thyme, dried oregano and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (affiliate link) and saute about 2 minutes more.
  3. Transfer to slow cooker if you’re sauteeing on the stove.
  4. Drain canned beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears, then let drain.
  5. When most of the water has drained off, transfer to the slow cooker.  (You can also use 3 cups of pre-cooked beans.)
  6. Cut the sausage (Amylu Chicken Andouille Sausage) into slices or half-moon slices and add to the slow cooker.
  7. Add the homemade chicken stock , Worcestershire sauce, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) and bay leaves.
  8. Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  9. While the soup cooks, cook the rice using a rice cooker or according to package directions.
  10. When the soup has cooked about 4 hours (for high) or 7-8 hours (for low), stir in 2 cups cooked white rice.
  11. Add a little more water or chicken stock if the soup seems too thick and cook on high for 20-30 minutes more.
  12. Serve soup hot, with additional cooked rice and Green Tabascco Sauce to add at the table if desired.



I used the 6 quart Ninja Cooker (affiliate link) to make this, but any slow cooker that’s 4.5 quarts or larger will work.

Recipe inspired by Amylu Chicken Andouille Sausage found at Costco!


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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The use of rice in this Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup makes it unsuitable for low-carb diets, and it’s limited to Phase 2 or 3 for the South Beach Diet, although I used Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice, which is a lower-glycemic type of white rice.  It’s also important to use lower fat chicken (or turkey) sausage if you’re making this for South Beach. Dried beans are a limited food, so if you’re actively trying to lose weight I’d have a smallish portion of this with something like a green salad on the side. You could make this soup with cauliflower rice for a low-carb version, and I think it would be just as tasty!

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    14 Comments on “Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup”

  1. Absolutely yummy!  And having said that, I modified the recipe quite a bit. As much as we love sausage of all kinds, it’s just not in the diet right now. So I used just a plain ok’ boneless skinless chicken breast. I had no green Tabasco, so just ignored that part, and used riced cauliflower instead of regular rice. Chicken stock came from Costco. Oh, and I only had 1 can of red beans, so I added a can of white beans. After all that, I was worried, but I absolutely LOVED the way this turned out and it will definitely go in my personal recipes. Thank you!

  2. Ah that makes sense. Sometimes I forget about starting the slow cooker until mid-afternoon and thought this might be one of those shorter, easy recipes that I could try last minute. But I think I'll just have to plan ahead and set my reminder to start it early enough when I make it. It looks delicious!

  3. If the beans are canned and the sausage is precooked, does it really need to cook in the slow cooker that long? Seems like it could be done in a shorter amount of time.

  4. So glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Yum! Followed the recipe exactly but used regular chicken sausage and brown rice. I'll be making this again!

  6. Barb, sorry to hear that! But this is a pretty common brand of sausage so a health foods store might have it. I haven't tried the black rice, but I've been hearing about it.

  7. Unfortunately my Costco here in Frisco, Texas doesn't carry a lot of the chicken or turkey sausages. They carry mostly Texas style sausages that are mostly pork. I'm going to put another request in to get healthier sausages carried. I recently purchased a bag of black rice from Costco, that is suppose to be more diabetic friendly. The samples they gave out of it were tasty.

  8. Barb this sausage was in the deli section at my Costco; near the other chicken and turkey sausages. Hope the Uncle Ben's will work for you and you could certainly use less rice than I did.

  9. Kalyn I love red beans and rice, but because of the rice don't have it much. I will try the Uncle Ben's and see how that works for my blood sugar. Is the sausage in the freezer section or the deli section of Costco? Thanks for another great sounding recipe.

  10. Lydia, I thought the flavor of the Andouille Sausage was really good in this. I've already made another recipe with the other half of the package, plus bought it again!

  11. As someone who doesn't eat pork sausage, I'm excited to know that Costco carries a chicken andouille now. I'll look for it in my local market.