Even if you can’t go to New Orleans, you can always celebrate Mardi Gras at home by making Slow Cooker New Orleans Red Beans and Rice at home! This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite slow cooker meals!
I know there’s a big football game tomorrow, but shortly after that it’s time for Mardi Gras! As soon as Mardi Gras season comes around every year I start craving New Orleans Red Beans and Rice, the iconic Creole dish that I first tasted when I went to New Orleans about 15 years ago.
I’ve made my long-time favorite Slow Cooker Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice many times through the years, and it’s a favorite with quite a few people in my extended family as well. So a few years ago I started wondering how many other food bloggers have made red beans and rice in the slow cooker.
I didn’t find a huge amount of recipes for Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice compared to some of the Recipe RoundUps I’ve done for this site, but the variety was impressive! This post has slow cooker red beans and rice recipes with ham, bacon, sausage, and chicken sausage, and even a couple of vegan versions as well. Some bloggers start with dried red beans that cook all day in the slow cooker, and some use canned beans. And of course the seasonings are slightly different in each version.
Below are some delicious-sounding variations on Slow Cooker New Orleans Red Beans and Rice; check them out and see which one sounds best to you!