Slow Cooker Sausage and Spanish Rice

(photo via taste of home)

We made this last week. It was easy, and a joy to come home to - simmering yumminess waiting to be eaten! The recipe is from a cook book I recieved for my birthday. We served it as a main dish and had a side salad and bread. It was easy peasy!

Serves: 9
Time: Prep:10 min. Cook: 5 hours

(In the book it states that this is a side dish, but we had it as our main dish and it was great!)

1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices (we used 2 pounds sweet italian instead and it worked great!)
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cup water
1-1/2 cups uncooked converted rice
1 cup salsa
1 medium onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies (we omitted these)
1 envelope taco seasoning

In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until rice is tender. Yield: 9 servings.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks:

*Converted rice is like instant, in fact we used Uncle Ben's Converted Rice found in the same aisle/section as regular rice.

* I kept the casing on my sausage, so it made nice circles, but you could remove it too, totally preference.

* My mother-in-law though it a little dry, but I loved it and thought it was thick and hearty. If you want try adding an extra half cup of tomato sauce.

Original recipe from Taste of Home Slow Cooker Classics


  1. Oh yum yum! I love coming home to a great smelling meal ready to put on the table. I'm going to try this for sure! We love all the ingredients and my husband prefers things on the thick rather than as he calls it watery side so he'll probably like it.

  2. I've never been able to find converted or instant rice here, but I'll be double checking all the stores now! Or figure out how to do it with regular rice.
    This sounds soooo good!!