Indulge in a hearty and comforting meal with this Crock Pot Sausage, Potatoes, and Green Beans recipe. With minimal prep and a set-it-and-forget-it approach, this dish transforms simple ingredients into a flavorful dinner perfect for when you crave a home-cooked healthy meal!
Sausage, potatoes, and green beans make a classic trio for dinner. They easily offer a well-rounded balance of flavors and nutrients! The savory, slightly spiced sausage perfectly complements the earthy, filling potatoes and the fresh, slightly sweet green beans, creating a meal that is both satisfying and wholesome. All three of these foods can be cooked together at the same time using your slow cooker!
Using a crock pot is the ideal method for making this recipe because it allows all the ingredients to slowly simmer together, enhancing the flavors. Simply add the ingredients to the crock pot, set the temperature, and go about your day. The slow cooking process not only marries the flavors beautifully but also means the potatoes are perfectly tender, the green beans are not overcooked, and the sausage is flavorful and juicy.
This is a full meal in itself, but feel free to serve it alongside a green salad or add some Creamy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese, and a side of Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert! No matter how you enjoy it, this well-rounded meal is the best choice any day of the week.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This recipe takes the hassle out of dinner prep with its straightforward, one-pot approach, meaning less time in the kitchen and less cleanup!
- The combination of smoky sausage, earthy potatoes, and fresh green beans, all simmered together in a flavorful broth, creates a comforting and satisfying meal that will easily become a family favorite.
- It provides a well-balanced meal with protein from the sausage, carbohydrates from the potatoes, and vitamins and fiber from the green beans, making it an easy, healthy choice.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Cooked Bacon - Adds a crispy texture and a rich, smoky flavor to the dish, complementing the sausage and adding depth to the overall flavor profile.
- Smoked Sausage - Acts as the main protein source in the dish, bringing a savory and slightly spiced flavor that pairs perfectly with the potatoes and green beans.
- Green Beans - Adds a fresh and slightly sweet element to the dish, balancing out the richness of the sausage and bacon.
- Russet Potatoes - Serve as the carbohydrate source, providing a filling and earthy base for the meal.
- Low Sodium Chicken Broth - Acts as the cooking liquid, helping to steam the potatoes and green beans to perfection while adding a subtle, savory flavor.
- Yellow Onion & Minced Garlic - Adds a sweet and aromatic flavor that enhances the overall taste of the dish and complements the savory elements.
- Seasonings (salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, thyme, cayenne pepper) - A combination of spices that adds warmth, heat, and a depth of flavor to the dish, making it even more delicious and satisfying.
How To Make Sausage Potatoes and Green Beans In The Crock Pot
Cook Bacon: Add the bacon to a large skillet. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the bacon until crispy. Drain it on paper towels, let it cool, then chop it into small pieces. Set aside.
Assemble the dish: Into the slow cooker, add the bacon, sausage, potatoes, green beans, broth, onion, garlic, and bacon to a 6-quart slow cooker.
Combine the seasonings: In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, onion powder, thyme and cayenne pepper. Evenly distribute it over the ingredients in the crock pot.
Cover and cook: Add the lid to the top. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours. Or until all ingredients are tender and cooked through. Serve while hot, and enjoy!
- Make sure to cut the potatoes and sausage into even-sized pieces to ensure uniform cooking.
- Use fresh green beans for the best texture and flavor, but if they are not available, frozen green beans can be used as a substitute.
- If you prefer your green beans to have a bit of crunch, add them halfway through the cooking time instead of at the beginning.
- Adjust the level of spice to your liking by increasing or decreasing the amount of cayenne pepper.
- Don't skip the step of cooking the bacon until crispy, as it adds a great texture and flavor to the dish.
- Make sure to mix the seasonings well before adding them to the crock pot to ensure even distribution of flavors.
- Swap out the smoked sausage for andouille sausage or chorizo for a spicier flavor.
- Add some diced bell peppers or cherry tomatoes for additional color, flavor, and nutrients.
- If you're not a fan of green beans, try substituting with broccoli or asparagus.
- For a creamier texture, add a cup of heavy cream or cream of mushroom soup during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- Try adding some grated cheese on top during the last 30 minutes of cooking for a cheesy twist.
- For a bit of a tangy flavor, add a tablespoon of whole-grain mustard or a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Experiment with different seasonings like Italian seasoning, herbes de Provence, or a Cajun spice blend to switch up the flavors.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Allow the dish to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Store the container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Freezing: To freeze, let the dish cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags. Make sure to leave some space at the top of the container, as the liquid will expand when frozen. The dish can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw the dish in the refrigerator overnight, then warm it in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. The green beans may get soggy when thawed but will still be delicious.
It is recommended to use russet potatoes as they have a starchy texture that holds up well during the slow cooking process. However, you can substitute with other types of potatoes like red or Yukon gold, but keep in mind the texture may vary slightly.
No, you do not need to cook the sausage beforehand, as it will cook thoroughly in the crock pot. However, if you prefer a bit of a sear on your sausage, you can quickly brown it in a skillet before adding it to the crock pot.
Yes, you can definitely add other vegetables to this dish. Just keep in mind the cooking times of the vegetables you are adding. For example, softer vegetables like zucchini or bell peppers should be added later in the cooking process to avoid becoming too mushy.
More Easy Crock Pot Dinner Recipes
- Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits
- Crock Pot Goulash
- Crock Pot Tortellini
- Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops
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Crock Pot Sausage Potatoes and Green Beans
- 6 slices bacon (cooked and chopped into small pieces)
- 1 lb smoked sausage (sliced into ½" thick pieces)
- 1 russet potatoes (cubed into ¾" pieces)
- 1 lb green beans (washed and cut in half)
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup yellow onion (diced)
- 3 tsp garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove chop and set aside.
- Add bacon, sausage, potatoes, green beans, broth, onion, garlic, and bacon to a 6-quart slow cooker.
- In a small add salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, onion powder, thyme and cayenne pepper. Mix until well combined and pour over everthing. Mix until well combined.
- Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
- Serve while hot and enjoy!
*Nutrition information is an estimate. It may vary based on ingredients, brands, and changes in cooking methods listed in the recipe. If you need exact ingredient numbers, I recommend calculating them with your preferred nutrition calculator.