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Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers

Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers cooks in the slow cooker in a few hours and only needs 25 minutes of prep time! And this amazing dinner is low-glycemic, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and freezes well! 

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 10+ years of food blogging, it’s that the photo can make or break a recipe! I made this completely delicious Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers in 2013 and even though I loved the recipe (and made it a few more times since then) I never felt like the original photo showed how tasty this dish really was. I’m so glad to finally have new photos to show off this recipe a little better!

If you’re someone who usually doesn’t like slow cooker recipes where you have to brown the ingredients before they go into the slow cooker, I hope I can still convince you to give this one a try. Seriously, this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers was so easy and good.  It only takes about 25 minutes to cut up and brown the sausage and chop the veggies and then it cooks for two hours in the slow cooker while you’re busy doing other things.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I used my favorite Hot Turkey Italian Sausage; squeeze sausage out of the links and brown it while you chop up the green pepper and onion.
  2. Then put the sausage in the slow cooker and saute the green pepper and onion for 2-3 minutes before adding to the slow cooker.
  3. You’ll need one cup of Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice and 2 cups of chicken stock.
  4. Stir the rice and stock into the sausage, peppers, and onions that you’ve added to the slow cooker, along with the Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or another all-purpose seasoning, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Cook on high for 2 hours and you’ll have perfect Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers.
  6. Garnish the Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers with sliced green onions (or parsley) if desired and serve!

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More Ideas for Rice in the Slow Cooker:

Slow Cooker Spanish Rice ~ Taste and Tell
Slow Cooker Greek Rice ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Italian Rice ~ A Year of Slow Cooking
Spicy Slow Cooker Rice Casserole with Green Chiles and Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole ~ The Perfect Pantry

Weekend Food Prep:

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 Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers close-up photo of finished dish

Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers cooks in the slow cooker in a few hours and only needs 25 minutes of prep time!


  • 2 tsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 19.5 oz. (5 links) hot turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock (see notes)
  • 1 cup Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or other all-purpose seasoning blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (see notes)
  • sliced green onions or chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a frying pan, squeeze the sausage out of the links, and brown the sausage well, breaking up with a turner and stirring until it’s brown on all sides.  Put sausage into slow cooker.
  2. While sausage browns, finely chop the green bell pepper and onion.
  3. After you remove the sausage, add the last teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and saute the pepper and onion 2-3 minutes; then add to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the chicken stock, rice, Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), salt, and Cayenne pepper and stir to combine.  Cook on high for 2 hours, or until rice is tender.
  5. Serve hot, sprinkled with sliced green onions or chopped fresh parsley to garnish if desired.
  6. This freezes well, so if you have  a large slow cooker you might want to double the recipe.


I used my favorite Hot Turkey Italian Sausage, but you can use any Italian Sausage you prefer. I used a can of chicken broth and added water to make 2 cups. I'm a huge fan of Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) but use any all-purpose seasoning you have on hand. If you don't have Uncle Ben's Brown Rice (affiliate link) you can use other long-grain brown rice, but cooking time might vary. I used 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne, but my sister would have preferred it a little less spicy so adjust to your heat tolerance.

I used my favorite Crock-Pot 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe, but any slow cooker that’s about 3-4 quarts will work.

Recipe adapted from Crock-Pot 365 Year-Round Recipes. (affiliate link)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 564Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 227mgSodium: 2184mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 62g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions: 
Brown rice, turkey Italian Sausage, green peppers, and onion are all low-glycemic ingredients and this recipe is suitable for Phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. For other carb-conscious eaters, the recipe has a lot of sausage, peppers, and onions for the amount of rice. If you want to make it lower in carbs, I’d double the amount of sausage and peppers and keep the amount of rice the same.

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    25 Comments on “Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice with Sausage and Peppers”

  1. Pingback: Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking - Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker

  2. Kaylyn, this is going on my meal plan for this week – looks deeeeelicious! And just so you know, although I agree that your latest photo is terrific and an improvement on the first (you are quite the photographer!) I actually think the original one ain't all that bad either 🙂

    I've been a Kaylyn's Kitchen fan since 2009 and intend to be one for many more years to come! Thank you, Kaylyn, for sharing so many wonderful recipes with everyone.

    • Rennie, thanks for the kind words! I plan to keep sharing recipes for a long time. And learning about photography has been one of the most fun parts of blogging for me, so thank you! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have.

  3. I am one of those people who absolutely HAS to brown ingredients before using the slow cooker! I mean if you are going to embrace the lazy and use the slow cooker, the least you can do is take 5 minutes and brown a few things… right?? This spicy brown rice and sausage dish looks incredibly flavorful! Love the share of the old picture! But, it shows you how far you have come as a blogger and photographer! Bravo! Cheers and thanks for sharing the YUM!

    • Thanks for the kind words Cheyanne! And I could not agree more about the need to brown things first on ingredients like sausage. It has been fun re-shooting photos and seeing the improvement, but I still have a lot of bad ones to replace!

  4. can you do this on the stove top? Love your recipes!

    • Glad you are enjoying the recipes! You can probably make this on the stovetop but I wouldn't be able to give recommendations for adaptations since I've never done it that way. I'm guessing you'd need more liquid though. Maybe try googling for similar recipes and use that to adapt it?

  5. This looks delicious and easy- thanks for posting a recipe that's good for freezing! More of those please (or a recipe roundup of those would be wonderful) 🙂

    • Thanks April, hope you enjoy! And I have truthfully had that idea for a round-up of freezer-friendly recipes for ages. But did you know you can see them all on the Can Freeze Recipes Photo Index Page. Hope that helps. And I will move that up on my to-do list! I need it myself.

    • I did not know that was there, thanks for sharing! 🙂 And yes, I'm just starting to delve into the world of meals that one can freeze, so any tips you have for doing so would also be helpful. Thanks for all you do!

    • April, I think Fall/Winter foods are especially suitable for freezing, so I promise to work on it!

  6. Jillian I'm guessing this would work great in the slow cooker with cauliflower rice, but that's only a guess since I haven't tried it. Would love to hear how it works if you try!

  7. Hi Kalyn! Just started the SBD and am on Phase 1…wondering if I can make something like this w/ cauliflower rice, so that it's Phase 1 friendly…would I still put it in the crock pot? Thanks!:)

  8. No, there are lots of reasons I said "or until rice is tender." Slow cookers all cook at slightly different temperatures, and if the rice was older (more dried out) it could take longer to cook as well. In general, older slow cookers tend to cook a bit cooler than newer ones, but there are a lot of variations even among the newer ones.

  9. I made this today, but after 2 hours in my Crock Pot (on high) the rice wasn't done. So I had to let it cook longer.

    Did I do something wrong? Was I supposed to cook the rice first?

  10. Vicki, so glad you enjoyed it, and I'm happy to hear that variations in the sausage and rice worked out fine.

  11. This is great! I used turkey cajun sausage from a local butcher. Sausage was plenty spicy on its own so I omitted cayenne and spike. I also used long grain store brand brown rice. The two hours on high still worked fine. I will definitely make this again.

  12. So glad it was a hit!

  13. I read this recipe this morning and made it for dinner tonight. My hubby loved it and went back for seconds. A real keeper! Thanks Kalyn

  14. Michelle, I haven't tried with other types of brown rice or longer cooking times, so you'd have to experiment to see what works. I would guess if you switched to LOW setting you could probably cook 4-5 hours with good results, but that's only a guess.

  15. This looks great! Can you use any type ofbrown rice? Also can it cook longer than 2 hours in the crockpot?

  16. Dara, so glad you're enjoying the sausages! I loved this rice; I'm sure I'll be making it over and over again.

  17. I'm so happy that I found out about those sausages from you…we use them as many ways as we possibly can. This rice is the perfect make-ahead meal, and I love that opening photo of it!

  18. Lydia, I just keep finding new things to make with these delicious and healthy sausages!

  19. Once again, your recipe makes me want to run out to Costco and find those sausages! I'm still learning how to make rice in the rice cooker. I do love keeping the kitchen cool in the summer by using my slow cookers more often.