Perfect for busy days or when you just need something warm and easy to soothe your soul, this slow cooker smoked sausage, green beans and potatoes recipe is just what you’re looking for! A true frugal recipe that won’t blow your grocery budget, toss it in the slow cooker and let it go!
I don’t know about you, but there are just some days where I just don’t feel the need to spend hours on dinner. On those days, I would love to just throw sandwich meat and bread at my family with a grin and a big ol’ “Here ya go” but unfortunately for me, my head and heart just won’t let me do that.
Even as far as crockpot recipes go, this slow cooker smoked sausage, green beans and potatoes dinner is easy. Plus, it’s true comfort food in a bowl and I am all about comfort food!
Crockpot recipes aren’t exactly complicated to begin with but this one is actually easier than most.
It’s pretty well a dump recipe meaning you just dump the smoked sausage, green beans and diced potatoes in the crockpot with spices and chicken broth for added flavor.
Not only do I love easy recipes, but I really love it when I can make a one-pot meal!
Can You Put Smoked Sausage in the Crockpot?
Yes! Smoked sausage or kielbasa sausage is fantastic in the slow cooker! You’ll want to cut it into bite sized pieces before cooking so that it cooks evenly.
However, when you’re cooking sausage in a slow cooker, be mindful of how long it cooks. Smoked sausage or kielbasa can become mushy if it is overcooked.
What Type of Potatoes Go Best With Crock Pot Sausage?
Personally, I prefer to use russet potatoes for this recipe, but red potatoes or yukon gold potatoes will work just as well.
But, since this recipe is fairly simple, you will want to make sure you use a vegetable scrub brush to really clean the potatoes. If they have a dirty residue on them at all, you will taste it.
You should always clean your potatoes, but that’s an entirely different topic.
What Type of Green Beans Cook Best in the Slow Cooker?
This recipe works with any type of green beans which makes it great for using whatever you have on hand. When I typed up the recipe card below, I put in the amount of canned green beans you’ll use. Be sure to drain them well so you don’t end up with a lot of extra liquid when you make this.
However, if you need to use frozen, it will work as well. For using frozen green beans, use 3-4 small bags based on your preferences.
Using fresh green beans works amazingly too! Wash the beans and snap off the ends removing the string if they have one. You’ll want to use around 1.5 lbs if you’re using fresh.
Can You Freeze Slow Cooker Sausage, Green Beans and Potatoes?
Unfortunately, this recipe does not freeze well. Cooked smoked sausage that is frozen and then reheated thaws very mushy and does not taste well at all.
I guess it’s a good thing it’s easy to make, right?
How to Store Leftovers
Just because you can’t freeze leftovers of this recipe does not mean you can’t keep leftovers. It does reheat well, just not after being frozen.
To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container or dish and refrigerate. Eat within 3 days for the best flavor.
Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage, Green Beans and Potatoes Recipe
- Wash and cube the potatoes. Drain green beans. Slice smoked sausage lengthwise then cut into bite sized pieces.1 lb. Smoked Sausage, 4 15 oz cans Green Beans, 5 lb. Potatoes
- Add all ingredients, including seasonings, to slow cooker. Stir gently to toss it all together.1-1/2 c. Chicken Broth, 1 Tbsp. Seasoned Salt, 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder, Pepper
- Cook on low 4-6 hours or until potatoes are soft.
- Potatoes may be peeled or left with peel on.
- When stirring the ingredients, be gentle or your smoked sausage will fall apart.
- Do not overcook. Smoked sausage in the crockpot becomes mushy when overcooked.
- Nutrition information is auto-calculated. Use discretion if following a special diet.