Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Dinner in the crock pot never looked–or tasted–so good. Try making this Sausage and Peppers recipe tonight! Served over rice or on a french roll, this slow cooker dinner never disappoints.

Our readers are obsessed with slow cooker recipes! This easy Bourbon Chicken is always a favorite. Or try our delicious Slow Cooker Enchiladas recipe for Taco Tuesday!

French roll with sausage and peppers and melted cheese.

Sausage and Peppers Recipe

This Sausage and Peppers dish is a crowd pleaser in our house! We like it best eaten on rolls topped with a slice of provolone cheese. It’s also delicious on rice topped with a little shredded cheese and an Olive Garden salad on the side.

Slow cooker meals are the ultimate in hands-off cooking. As you go about your day, the crock pot simmers all the flavors of your dinner together to create a hot homemade meal that’s ready by dinner time.

If you think all slow cooker dinner recipes taste the same, you have NOT tasted this Sausage and Peppers dish.

With spice from Italian sausage, tangy tomato sauce and the addition of cheese on top, this easy dinner is full of unique peppery flavor!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for slow cooker sausage and peppers.

Sausage. I use the bulk HOT Italian sausage. Make sure you brown it before adding to the crockpot (this can be brownded in advance, the night before).

If you’re nervous about the spice, feel free to use mild or regular. Or half and half. Just be sure you buy bulk, or remove the casings from your sausage before browning it up!

You could also use sausage links if you prefer, but when feeding a crowd, the bulk sausage is the way to go! And the links tend to fall apart after hours of cooking anyway, so this is a no brainer.

Tomatoes. Instead of tomato sauce, we have also used fresh tomatoes that have been pureed, but it leads to a thinner sauce. You may need to add more paste if you choose this option.

You could also customize this dinner and use Rotel tomatoes like we do in our Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers recipe. LOVE the spice and flavor!

Peppers. If using the bulk sausage, you’ll want to roughly chop your onion and peppers. If using sausage links, sliced peppers and onions will pair nicely.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make sausage and peppers.

The most labor intensive part of this recipe is browning your Italian sausage in a skillet. . . hardly labor intensive at all when it comes to a homemade dinner!

After browning, you put the sausage in your crock pot along with tomatoes, tomato sauce, onions and peppers. Let it cook for 6 – 8 hours and you’re ready to eat!

Serving suggestions

Like I mentioned before, I usually just slice some french rolls and spoon the sausage and peppers on top along with a slice of cheese. The heat from the sausage will make the cheese soft and just a bit melted.

When I have the time, I also like to serve these sandwiches toasted!

For toasted rolls: Slice rolls in half and top one or both sides with a slice of provolone. Heat in a 400 degree oven for 4 – 6 minutes until the roll is toasty and the cheese is melted.

PRO TIP: You could also place rolls under the broiler, but keep a careful eye on them so they don’t burn!

Not in the mood for bread? Try serving your Sausage and Peppers over rice as a tasty alternative.

Top bowls of white or brown rice with a portion of Sausage and Peppers. Sprinkle your preferred variety of shredded cheese over top. I like mozzarella and parmesan!

PRO TIP: Looking for a hearty pasta dish? Try this easy weeknight sausage and pepper pasta for a cozy dinner dish.

Sausage and peppers being spooned out of crock pot.


This dish gets a good portion of its spicy flavor from the hot Italian Sausage. However, you could also substitute another variety of sausage and compensate by adding your own seasonings.

If using another variety of sausage that’s not Hot Italian, add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the crock pot along with the other ingredients.

You could also try these other sausage varieties to change up the flavor of this dinner:

  • Andoulli Sausage – Adds a a smoky Cajun flavor
  • Chorizo – Adds a garlicky, spicy Mexican flavor
  • Kielbasa – Adds smokiness and a garlic flavor

I used canned tomatoes and plain unseasoned tomato sauce in this recipe. If you prefer, you can substitute jarred tomato sauce or the same amount of your own homemade sauce.

Recipe FAQs

Do you brown sausages before putting in slow cooker?

If I’m using whole sausages in the crockpot, I add them in raw, as they will cook up completely in the 6 hour cook time.

How do you store leftover sausage and peppers?

Transfer any leftovers from the crock pot to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. It’s quite tasty reheated in the microwave or on the stove top.

Can you freeze sausage and peppers?

If this recipe makes too much for your family to enjoy that quickly, it freezes very well too! You can stick the leftovers in a freezer safe container or ziploc and reheat another time. I love to double the recipe and save half in the freezer for another night!

Cheesy sausage and pepper sandwich with crockpot in background.

More Slow Cooker Recipes

Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloins: We love this meal. In the summer when we have fresh cherry tomatoes in our garden we also make the recipe for the tomato salad! But the pork recipe itself is worth trying. Fork tender, melt in your mouth!

Slow Cooker Carnitas: This dinner feeds a crowd too, and the pork is GREAT leftover, or frozen!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce: this is my favorite way to make spaghetti sauce. And as you probably guessed, you can freeze it too! You can also add meat if you desire!

More Easy Dinner Recipes

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

4.70 from 10 votes
By: Aimee
Dinner in your slow cooker never looked so good! Try making this Sausage and Peppers recipe tonight. You can serve it on rice or a french roll, either way is delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds Hot Italian Sausage casings removed
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes 14.5 ounce each
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce 14.5 ounce
  • 1 can Tomato Paste 6 ounce
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 green peppers seeded and diced
  • 8 french rolls
  • 8 slices provolone cheese optional


  • Brown the bulk italian sausage in a skillet until completely cooked. Drain and add meat to your large crockpot. Add tomatoes, sauce, onion, green pepper and paste. Cover and turn on low for 6-8 hours.
  • When ready to serve, scoop meat into a french roll with a slice of provolone cheese. If you want it toasted, heat your french roll with cheese for 5-6 minutes in a 400 degree oven.


  • This dish gets a good portion of its spicy flavor from the hot Italian Sausage. However, you could also substitute another variety of sausage and compensate by adding your own seasonings.
  • If using another variety of sausage that’s not Hot Italian, add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the crock pot along with the other ingredients.


Calories: 494kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 1098mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Posted on January 9, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. This is the kind of sandwich I need on a day like today. It’s raining on top of all the snow so it a big, cold, slushy mess. Taking a bit of this would definitely warm me up though, looks so good Aimee! 🙂

  2. I am so impressed! I don’t know how you do it?!?
    But you do it so well!
    I can’t wait to try this. I’m a crockpot fan myself. I have a balsamic roast in it as we speak!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. You are a very busy mom indeed! But it is great to see you being so supportive of your kid’s ventures. And I love slow cooker meals! Especially how they encase the house in such a lovely aroma during the day 😉

  4. Glad to hear we are not the only “old school” family. Dinner around the table at night is a must with our 4 kids and we usually sit there for forty-five minutes to an hour. This meal looks great! I love crock pot dinners!

    1. YAY! Glad to hear there are others passing the dinner table tradition on to the next generation. Keep it up! We sit a long time too…chance to talk with eachother!

  5. And I thought I was busy with 2 little ones! I feel like I just had flashes of the future reading about your week. I’m going to be very appreciative of the fact that right now all I handle is school and soccer. 🙂 And I use our slow cooker at least once every week. I’m definitely going to be making this soon!

    1. Awww, just enjoy the moment. I found myself sometimes looking forward to the next “phase” that I missed some opportunities in the phase they were in already!!!

  6. I’m with you on the business of schedules with children, and I only have two! There’s always soccer practices, baseball, basketball, tennis, or some activity. Dinners need to be planned or simple on those crazy nights, and this sounds great! The food blogging thing is not silly….you’ve got a great gig going here!

  7. We are about to head into the busy season too….volleyball clinic, baseball, and soccer. I need to start using my crock pot more…really though I just let my hubby handle dinner now that he is home every night. I will have to share this one with him 🙂

    1. I wish my hubs would make dinner! he doesn’t mind pinch hitting, and making eggs or pancakes…but he doesn’t do “meals.” I’ll embrace his other wonderful qualities though 🙂 We can whine together how busy we are!!

  8. I’m slightly dreading those super busy days. I’m not sure how you manage but you give me hope that it’ll all be okay when that day comes.

  9. Love my crockpot and have been using it more now that I am back in school, myself. This is a perfect recipe for my husband too, he loves sausage and peppers. I’ve got everything but the rolls, so you know where I am going tomorrow (dinner is already planned for today hehehe). Yum!

  10. I’m just like you. Even though my kids are just two and a half, I am old school about dinner at the table every night. I love quick, easy meals so this is perfect for busy nights!

    1. Keep it up through the years! i think some of these old school family values need to be passed on to this next generation!

  11. agreed! busy life and busy everything requires meals to be in slow cookers. i love my crockpot and how much it helps me out 🙂 this looks so good and such a great meal to have at the end of the day!

  12. I am a HUGE fan of crock pots too! I don’t know how on earth you do it with four kids. I frequently wonder why my Mom wasn’t half-crazy with five kids. Then again, she may have been 🙂 This recipe look super delicious and easy too! Thanks for the shout out Aimee:)

    1. Thanks Trish. One day at a time. It won’t be long before my oldest is out of the house and I’ll be sad, so I’m trying to keep that in mind 🙂

  13. I can’t imagine how people with more than one kid do it. I’m crazed as it is half the time with only one! And dinner is a must for us too, so I love all your crock pot meals. This one looks amazing! TOTALLY making it!

    1. I’m glad you are enjoying the dinner recipes! I know they’re not “sweets” but how can I keep a recipe like this to myself??? 🙂

  14. I really need to use my slow cooker more. These sandwiches look amazing!
    I only have one kid, so I am less busy than you are for sure – but one definitely has a whole different set of challenges! Being a Mom is a lot of work!

    1. You are that child’s solo playmate at home. Doesn’t matter how many kids, I imagine it’s busy regardless. When I only had my first then my second I thought I was exhausted. I didn’t get “more exhausted”….it just was prolonged for more years, hahah!!

  15. My stomach is growling right now. Oh how I wish this was my supper. So…. kids it doesn’t get any less crazy huh? Bummer… I feel like I have been counting down the years until all of mine are in school and I have the days to clean/cook. Because right now….I’m trying to embrace it…. really I am! But man I’m tired all the time!

    1. Just a different kind of busy, that’s all. I always hated when people told me “enjoy it while they are little, it goes so fast.” But I totally get it now 🙁

  16. Eek! I’m sooooo on the look out for slow cooker meals, so I’m thrilled you posted this. Pinned to make next week!

    1. Ashley, I’m always looking for new slow cooker meals too!! LOVE the convenience. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  17. Yep, I hear ya on the crazy busy schedules. My oldest is only 9, yet somehow between the the three kids we are gone every night! I love, love, love all crock pot recipes! This is a keeper.

  18. Sausage & Peppers!! You’re speaking my Chicago language with this one! LOVE it’s a slow cooker meal, too. 🙂

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