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Slow cooker red beans and rice

Total Time
3 hr 50 min
20 min
3 hr 30 min
This filling favorite gets a flavor amp from smoky, hot chipotle sauce. Simple to prepare and quick in the slow cooker, you can make this in the morning for a cold weather lunch or throw together midday for an easy dinner. Try with a cold and crisp green salad with sliced radishes, tomatoes and toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to keep the Mexican theme. A quick vinaigrette of lime juice, honey and olive oil will dress it nicely and add some zing to contrast the deep flavors in the beans and rice. This slow cooker recipe is not recommended for a long hold on warm, as that will mush out the rice and beans, so plan to serve it immediately for the best results. If you need a meaty main, add some roasted chicken or grilled pork tenderloin to your meal.


Cooking spray

1 spray(s), garlic-flavored


1 small, chopped


1 clove(s), minced

Uncooked white rice

½ cup(s), converted-variety recommended

Fat free chicken broth

1½ cup(s)

Canned tomato puree

14½ oz, roasted-variety

Canned kidney beans

15 oz, drained and rinsed

Cooked crisp center cut bacon

2 slice(s), crumbled

Canned chipotle sauce

2 Tbsp

Dried oregano

½ tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp


1 Tbsp, fresh, chopped


1 Tbsp, chopped (green part only)


  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to skillet and sauté until slightly softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place rice, broth, tomato puree, beans, bacon, chipotle sauce, oregano, salt and pepper in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker; add sautéed vegetables. Cover and cook on low setting for 3 1/2 hours; stir in cilantro and scallion just before serving. Yields about 1 cup per serving.


Substitute tomato sauce and a dash of chile powder, if you prefer less heat. Converted rice is sometimes recommended in slow cooker recipes since the grains do not clump together as much as they do with regular rice. You can, however, use regular white rice if you prefer.