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**Slow Cooker Sausage Potato and Green Beans

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage, Green Beans, and Potatoes

  • Cooking Time:

    4-6 hours
  • Servings:

    4

Ingredients

1 lb Smoked Sausage
4 Medium Potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 Medium Red Onion, sliced
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans Green Beans, drained
3 c. Chicken Broth
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt, to taste

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage, Green Beans and Potatoes is one of the most popular recipes on this website!  This recipe is super easy and it’s an entire meal all in itself – a meat, starch and vegetable.  If I’m feeling in the mood I will even throw mushrooms in this recipe to add a little extra flavor.  It’s delicious with or without them. Enjoy!

  1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT smoked sausage, and place in a 6-Quart slow cooker.
  2. Add chicken broth to barely cover ingredients.
  3. Cover. Cook over LOW for 4 hours on LOW or until potatoes are almost done.
  4. Cut the smoked sausage into 2-inch pieces and add to the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 1 hour.
  6. Mix before serving, and serve with a slotted spoon so the excess liquid can drain away.

Note: If you like some snap in your green beans, use fresh instead of canned and add them to the crock with sausage (1 hour before done crocking)! This is the way my family asks me to make it!

Happy Crocking!

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Anne Walden
Anne Walden
8 years ago

I have made this forever. It was my go to recipe when I needed a really quick meal.. I cooked it in my pressure cooker 10 min. and then let it cool. Served it with cornbread and coleslaw. Oh so good!

Candace
Candace
8 years ago

Does it really need all that water? Seems like it would get mushy and gross! Has anyone else done this yet?

Brandie
Brandie
8 years ago

I followed the recipe, water and all, I found the veggies were really good. but the sausage was really bland. Not my fav. I will try again, only potatoes, green beans and onion with a little wather, then grill the sausage. I also added a ton of garlic and salt and pepper to get some taste into it.

Ginger
Ginger
6 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Bare

I made this a couple of weeks ago, and it was fantastic. I used chicken broth and added carrots and added some finely minced garlic when I added the kielbasa. My family loved it…this is a keeper!

Steve
Steve
6 years ago
Reply to  Brandie

My question is does it really need all that SODIUM and Fat? Why not add a few more tablespoons of salt so we can get this dish up too 100% of our daily sodium intake?
I’d use a higher quality less sodium meat and use fresh green bean instead of canned.

Linda
Linda
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

the answer is no, it doesn’t really NEED all the sodium. We trust people will be able to adjust for dietary concerns

Katie
Katie
8 years ago

I made this tonight. I used Hillshire Farms smoked sausage on low for 7 hrs. The veggies turned out nicely but the smoked sausage lost all of its flavor. I assumed it would just get more from the onions but instead it sort of blew up and literally tasted like nothing. Any suggestions?

Kazuya
7 years ago
Reply to  Katie

Hello Barb! It is for real to crock for 10-12 hours, but as you know some crocks cook faster and even hotter than others. If you know for a fact that yours would burn at 10 hours, you should check it at 8-9 hours. The great thing about this recipe, is that you can put it on before you go to bed, and wake up to a great breakfast. Thanks for the question and Happy Crocking!

Rebecca
Rebecca
8 years ago

I made this for dinner tonight & it turned out to be a huge disappointment. I used frozen green beans & less water than it called for, hoping that the beans wouldn’t be mush & expecting them to add some water as they thawed. The smoked sausage lost all of it’s flavor & the green beans were still mush. It’s really too bad because I was looking forward to coming home to a good meal after work.

Rae
Rae
8 years ago

If you put the potatoes and green beans in the bottom, then salt and pepper them, add onion and water…then out the sausage on too, it shouldn’t lose it’s flavor since it’s not submerged. The veggies need the water but the sausage doesn’t. The juices will still drip down onto them. 🙂

Rae
Rae
8 years ago

*put the sausage on top … Didn’t double-check my auto-correct 😉

Lindsey Johnson
Lindsey Johnson
7 years ago

Is there a way for shorter cooking time? I will be at work and unable to cook for that long. Any shorter times if cooked on high?

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7 years ago

DO NOT cut up the sausage. Leave in casing that way it retains it’s flavor and juices. 🙂

melissa
melissa
7 years ago

Has anyone tried using chicken broth instead of water for more flavor? I will be trying this also I’m going to leave the kielbasa whole while cooking, will let you know how it turns out

Stephanie Miller
Stephanie Miller
7 years ago

I made this tonight and used chicken broth in place of the water. It was excellent! Such an easy and filling meal. Served up with some butter biscuts too!

angela macarthur
angela macarthur
7 years ago

how many does this recipe feed?

angela macarthur
angela macarthur
7 years ago

nevermind, just saw it at the upper right hand corner of page 😛 thank you anyway, looking forward to trying this tonight

SouthernChick
SouthernChick
7 years ago

What about adding bacon?

SouthernChick
SouthernChick
7 years ago

I made this tonight. I followed the recipe but also placed 4 slices of raw bacon on top. It cooked up so nicely and tasted excellent! I used chicken broth instead of water too. Yum. Thanks for the recipe!

Cindy
Cindy
7 years ago

This has been my favorite meal since I was a kid, and I’m a grandma now, so it’s been a LONG time to say the least. I’ve made it using water as well as using broth both with great results. I like lots of beans so I use a large bag of frozen. The thing I do to avoid mushy sausage is only add about 1/2 of it at first, sliced a little thinner than chunks. Then about 30-60 minutes before serving add the rest of the sausage to the pot so that it get heated through. That way you… Read more »

Ali
Ali
7 years ago

Yummo!! I followed exactly…put veggies on bottom and sausage on top like another reviewer said, and it was perfect! It was done in 3 hours on high. I, too, added some leftover chicken broth with the water, and then added a couple TBSPs of chicken bouillon granules. Perfect!! Thanks!! Reminded me of the family camp outs when I was little- big cast iron pot over fire with lots of the same ingredients 🙂
Oh- and I used turkey smoked sausage for a lighter touch and it was delicious

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Laura
Laura
6 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Bare

I have a question. Do you add the sausage one hour before the potatoes are done or once the potatoes are cooked through? Thanks! Looking forward to making this.

Brittany
Brittany
7 years ago

I made this last night and loved it! I used can green beans that were seasoned with onions, red peppers, and garlic; and Hillshier Farms smoked sausage. I did use chicken broth instead of water and it gave the potatoes a nice flavor. I also added a bag of real bacon pieces. Added the sausage with 1 hour left of cooking and it was perfect! I cooked on high for 3-3 1/2 hrs and served with cornbread. My husbands only compliant, not enough onions which I knew from the start but I don’t care for them! Happy crocking!

Krista
Krista
7 years ago

My family loved this recipe!! I used chicken broth instead of water and it gave it amazing flavor ;). Will be making it again

Samantha McKnight
Samantha McKnight
7 years ago

I was wondering, the part where you said if you like snap in your green beans, add 45 min to 1 hour, do you do this before or after you add the sausage?

Samantha McKnight
Samantha McKnight
7 years ago

My mom has made green beans and potatoes for years, I was pleased to come across this recipe that adds sausage to it, My mom uses water but she adds ham flavoring to it. I have made them using beef flavoring, I think I will try this using beef broth and maybe a more flavorful smoked sausage, like Italian or spicy, that way if it does lose flavor, it will still have some! Cant wait to try it!

Mel
Mel
7 years ago

I made this and the green beans turned to mush. Still tasted great, but I’m just wondering what went wrong?

Cindy
Cindy
7 years ago

I’m cooking this right now but couldn’t tell from the recipe if I put the sausage in the last hour and cook it to or just after the vegies have cooked and then top with the sausage and not cook. Maybe browning the sausage and then adding it would keep the sausage from loosing it’s taste. Hope I get an answer soon….I only have 45 minutes left cooking the vegies

April
April
7 years ago

I am working on this recipe right now! Quick question….do you cook the sausage on it’s own before you put it into the crock pot, or just let it cook in the pot? Thank you so much!

Michelle Carver
Michelle Carver
7 years ago

Just fed to the family. My husband and 12 yr old daughter loved it. My 2 yr old daughter and I didn’t like it. So you win some, you lose some but trying new recipes is always fun. 🙂

Tammy
Tammy
7 years ago

Made for dinner last night. My family loved it. After reading all comments this is how I changed it up a little. I also used chicked broth instead of water. I let it cook on high for 2 hrs then removed 1/2 of liquid. Put Hillshire Farms Smoked sausage whole not sliced on top with bacon pieces. Let cook another hour. By removing half the liquid the flavor from the sausage and bacon absorbed into everything. It smelled so good in the house while cooking. Served with corn bread.

Amanda
Amanda
7 years ago

Hello! I made this recipe and made it a little different and it turned out AWESOME! My husband hates green beans and I actually got him to eat them! This is what I did: 1. Added all the ingredients listed (except the kielbasa). 2. Added 2 cans of chicken broth instead of water! 3. Let cook for 4 hours stirring occasionally. 4. Added 6 table spoons of pepper (we love it) about 3 hours in. 5. Cooked the kielbasa in olive oil, garlic salt, pepper, chilli powder, and basil for about 5 minutes or until brown. 6. Added on the… Read more »

Amanda
Amanda
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

**After adding the keilbasa i let it sit for about 20 minues!

Hanna Lee
Hanna Lee
7 years ago

Is there a way to do this without a crockpot?

Kim
Kim
7 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Bare

Someone asked how to cook this recipe without a crock pot.
Cooking Time
Conventional Recipe Low (200 degrees F)
15-30 min 4-6 hrs
35-45 min 6-10 hrs

High (300 degrees F)
1.5 – 2 hrs
3-4 hrs

Also, for more flavor, brown your meat in a skillet before slow cooking.

Hope this helps.

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Kayla
Kayla
7 years ago

Made this tonight it was delish! I did what another commenter did, put the sausage in a little olive oil in a pan with some spices ..put the sausage on top of the rest in the crockpot…drained and enjoyed!

Kim
Kim
7 years ago

If I use frozen green beans, do I need to adjust cooking time? Don’t want them to turn to mush! Thanks!

Cook-er
Cook-er
7 years ago

This is one of my favorites and I make it in the crock pot or on the stove simmering for about an hour. I do add a couple tablespoons of caraway seed which gives it a nice flavor. I serve with spicy mustard and Lawry’s seasoned salt on the table.

Allison
Allison
7 years ago

I made this today and it was awesome! I used 3/4 of a bag of red skin potatoes and 3 cans of green beans with the chicken stock, I cooked it for 4.5 hours on low before adding the meat. I used the smoked sausage and kielbasa 1 hour before serving. I was so happy with the outcome, most of my potatoes were still in tacked and the flavors were great!!!! My family is fighting over the leftovers and asking when I can make this again!! Thank You!!!

Keith
Keith
7 years ago

I’ve made a variation of this before. The difference is that I use fresh green beans sauteed with some chopped bacon. Chop about 4-5 slices of bacon into 1 in pieces and saute about 3 min on high. Add green beans and cook another 5 min, stirring frequently. Add both to the crock pot with potatoes and broth, onion and seasoning. Add sausage whole 1 hr before serving. A bay leaf on the top kicks the flavor up a bit if desired. Don’t skimp on the pepper. This was adapted from a dutch oven campfire recipe that is traditional in… Read more »

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J.S.
J.S.
7 years ago

Just made this… I don’t know where you get the 4-6 hours on low.. The potatoes are **complete** mush.

MoonDog
MoonDog
7 years ago

I made this today and it was great! There were a few little adjustments that I made, but for the most part I stuck to the directions provided. For instance, I added chopped baby bella mushrooms in with fresh farmers market green beans about an hour and a half before the stew was ready. Also, some fresh minced garlic went in at the start and simmered all day with a tad of cayenne sprinkled in. I used chicken broth instead of water, super yummy! Instead of mixing everything I layered it all, starting with the potatoes at the bottom and… Read more »

AliTN
AliTN
7 years ago

Turned out delicious for us! I used a small bag of red/new potatoes (with skin) and i sliced them into halves or quarters. I did use the chicken broth. Added the smoked beef sausage one hour before serving. It was a hit! The only thing missing was some sweet cornbread!

Amanda
Amanda
7 years ago

This was so wonderful! I used chicken broth! I drained some of the broth out before I put the smoked turkey sausage on and only for about 40 minutes. The sausage wasn’t really sitting in the water so it still had great flavor. I actually made it the night before and put it on at lunch. I made the Red Lobster garlic cheese biscuits with it. It made for a wonderful dinner! I give this a 10/10!

Bonny
Bonny
7 years ago

I made this tonight and loved it! My whole family loved it! I used chicken broth and added a little pepper. I put the sausage on the top the last hour. It had had plenty of flavor!

Bonny
Bonny
7 years ago
Reply to  Bonny

Oh I forgot, I put it on high for 2 1/2 hrs!

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years ago

Would it still work with fresh green beans?

jules
jules
7 years ago

I have been making this for many years w sausage or Ham instead of sausage. I add butter, salt, pepper, onion salt, & the juice from the green beans. I use the crock pot or a pot on the stove.

Holly
Holly
7 years ago

My husband has been on me about trying new meals cause we eat a lot of the same recipes. Two of his favorite foods together are sausage and potatoes so when I seen this I knew I had to give it a try cause I love one pot cooking. Less cleaning up means more time with my family. I’m so happy I did!! My whole family loved it but most of all my husband who is hard to please when it comes to dinner really enjoyed it and even got seconds. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with all of… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

I wanted to add corn on the cob to this and I have fresh green beans. I also have turkey polish sausage instead. I just didn’t know how long to cook it!

Jen Newman
7 years ago

I made this recipe last night for my husband and I and we loved it! I changed it up a bit, adding a few slices of bacon and some fresh chopped garlic to the mix! Good stuff 🙂

Kellye
Kellye
7 years ago

Question–are we talking fresh sausage or precooked sausage? I got fresh sausage from the butcher; but am wondering if that was wrong???

kelly
kelly
7 years ago

I make this all the time except I use chicken or beef stock instead of the water. So so good and also a cheap dinner!

Toni
Toni
7 years ago

Made this tonight…doubled the amount of onion, sausage & potatoes, use chicken broth instead of water, put beans in just before put sausage on…mmm Yum! Served with cole slaw and corn bread and – Oktoberfest. Fall goodness all around

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