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This Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes recipe is an easy dinner made in the crock pot with kielbasa smoked sausage, baby potatoes and green beans. Your whole family will love this delicious comfort food made with just a few simple ingredients!

slow cooker sausage and potatoes with green beans in a white bowl on the table

I adore smoked sausage, and I have a ton of easy kielbasa recipes on the blog. And, this delicious crockpot sausage and potatoes recipe is definitely a family favorite at our house!

This slow cooker recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and comes together quickly. Just throw the ingredients into your slow cooker, and dinner is ready in just a few short hours. It’s the perfect main dish to serve on a busy day and definitely kid approved!

If you’re a fan of easy crock pot recipes or easy meals in general, you and your entire family will absolutely love this one-pot meal! I usually add fresh green beans, but if you forget, you can always make green beans in the microwave!

Simple Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make this easy crockpot sausage and potatoes recipe:

  • Smoked sausage (kielbasa)
  • Baby potatoes – or Yukon gold potatoes
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
  • Butter
  • Fresh green beans — optional, but makes it a one dish dinner
  • Non stick spray or olive oil

The first time I made kielbasa and potatoes in the slow cooker, I used 1 pound of each. That wasn’t enough for us, so the next time I made this easy recipe, I used 1 pound of potatoes and 2 ropes of sausage.

How to Make Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes

First, rinse the baby potatoes under cold water in a colander, and pat dry. Next, slice them into quarters. Slice smaller potatoes in half.

Then, slice the smoked sausage into rounds, about 1/2 inch thick. If you want to add fresh green beans, wash and trim them. You won’t need them right away unless you like them very soft.

slice smoked sausage and potatoes

Add a little bit of olive oil or vegetable oil to the bottom of your slow cooker. Or, spray the bottom with non stick cooking spray.

Next, add the potatoes to the slow cooker and season with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir to coat with the seasonings.

Add the kielbasa slices. Finally, add a little bit of butter on top.

smoked sausage, potatoes and butter in the slow cooker

Cooking Time

You can cook the crock pot sausage and potatoes on high heat or low heat. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on high heat and 6 to 8 hours on low heat or until the potatoes are fork tender.

If you want to add fresh green beans, add them about 2 hours before you’re ready to eat. Otherwise, they may be overcooked.

In a hurry? You can make kielbasa potatoes and green beans in your Instant Pot or any electric pressure cooker!

smoked sausage and potatoes with green beans in crockpot

When done, give the sausage mixture a quick stir. Then, dig into this simple meal of juicy, perfectly seasoned kielbasa sausage and tender potatoes. So good!


For creamy crockpot sausage and cheesy potatoes, add a can of cream of chicken soup or cream of celery soup or cream of mushroom soup. Stir in some shredded cheddar cheese before you’re ready to serve this simple meal.

Love spice? Add even more flavor to this easy meal with Cajun seasoning or Creole and andouille sausage or smoked paprika. Or add a packet of Ranch seasoning. Yum!

Use turkey sausage instead of pork sausage to make it lighter. For something completely different, use Italian sausage, peppers and onions. Keep in mind, the cook time will vary with different meat.

cooked kielbasa slice on fork


Store leftover smoked sausage and potatoes in an airtight container in your refrigerator. It should keep well for 3 to 5 days.

For longer storage, this easy crockpot recipe makes a great freezer meal. Just store in a freezer safe container, and it reheats well.

5 from 27 votes

Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes

By: Dee
This Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes recipe is an easy dinner made in the crock pot with kielbasa smoked sausage, baby potatoes and green beans. Your whole family will love this delicious comfort food made with just a few simple ingredients!
Prep Time: 33 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 33 minutes
Servings: 8



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking spray
  • 1 pound baby potatoes quartered
  • 2 pounds smoked sausage 2 ropes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups green beans fresh, optional
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  • Add olive oil to the bottom of the slow cooker
  • Add potatoes, and season with sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. Toss to coat
  • Add smoked sausage slices and butter. Cover, and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Add fresh green beans about 2 hours before ready to serve for crisper texture or earlier for softer texture.


You can use 1 pound potatoes and 1 pound sausage or 2 pounds each of sausage and potatoes, if desired.
Add canned green beans about 1/2 hour before serving.


Calories: 449kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 1295mg, Potassium: 521mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 323IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Amanda S Ellison says:

    This is so delicious. The way the flavors meld creates something really special. I have been making this recipe for 20 years and I don’t even know where I first got it but it was a staple here. This is my go to for a big crowd. I’ve made it for homeless encampment and tonight I am making it for 50 people, using my big electric roaster! Yummy. I found your recipe for scaling it to be sure I make enough because I know how people unexpextedly love this!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you love the recipe!

  2. Vanessa says:

    Do you toss the green beans in olive oil and seasoning before adding them on top? Just wondering how seasoned they will be if not

    1. Dee says:

      I either season them or spoon some of the cooking liquid over them.

  3. Derek says:

    Easy set it and forget it! Long and slow was great for a busy day at work! Gotta try this one!5 stars

  4. Marcy says:

    If you cut down the recipe to one pound do you cut the seasoning in half also?
    How much broth would you recommend for the recipe halved ?

    1. Dee says:

      Yes, you should cut the seasonings in half. I don’t use broth, so I can’t say for sure — maybe 1/4 cup?

  5. Beverly Smith says:

    Do you need to add some chicken broth to crock pot so it won’t burn?

    1. Dee says:

      I just add a little olive oil or cooking spray before adding the food, and I’ve never had it burn. You can add a little broth if you want it saucier.

  6. Joyce says:

    I used canned new potatoes, frozen green beans and the rest of the recipe as directed..added in a can of fire roasted tomatoes and a half can of sauerkraut I needed to use up…fabulous!!!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks for sharing your tips, Joyce. Glad you liked it!

  7. Lori says:

    Can you substitute rice instead of potatoes?

    1. Dee says:

      I have never tried using rice, so I don’t know if it would work here.