Smoked Sausage and Peppers with Rice

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    This smoked sausage and peppers with rice is easily one of our favorite weeknight meals! It all comes together in one-pot and it's so flavorful!

    Here we go with another installment of ‘quick and easy weeknight meals that take less than 30 minutes to make’ featuring this smoked sausage and peppers with rice.

    It’s like I could have a cooking show or something, LOL


    I have this thing with smoked sausage; the kind you buy in that vacuum-sealed package in a giant link at the grocery store.

    I absolutely LOVE them.

    They’re already fully cooked so you just have to brown them in the skillet but the best part is the flavor.

    I just love that smoky flavor and to me, it’s kind of like eating a hot dog for dinner, haha

    What we love about this smoked sausage and peppers with rice recipe

    Besides that it takes no time to make it, we love the flavor.

    Smoked sausage really has the perfect smoky flavor and I’m weird but I love that some of them have a natural casing on it.

    It like the bite and snap.

    The smoked sausage and peppers pair so well together.

    Its as if they were begging to be paired!

    The smokiness and the sweet bite from the bell peppers make this smoked sausage and peppers with rice dish a perfect weeknight meal when you’ve got other things to worry about!

    Dinner won’t be one of the worries! You’re welcome!

    This smoked sausage and peppers with rice is easily one of our favorite weeknight meals! It all comes together in one-pot and it's so flavorful!

    Can I make this smoked sausage and peppers with rice all in one pot?

    Yes! It’s a one-pot dish!

    What kind of smoked sausage should I buy?

    They have many kinds out there now.

    We usually buy beef but that’s what we like.

    They have pork, beef, a beef/pork mix, and even turkey!

    This is the kind we buy.

    This smoked sausage and peppers with rice is easily one of our favorite weeknight meals! It all comes together in one-pot and it's so flavorful!

    Is the sausage already cooked?

    Yep! But you still gotta “cook” it.

    Can I buy fresh?

    I haven’t tried it with fresh! Typically, with fresh sausage, you’d have to take it out of the casing and crumble it, unless you want to cook it yourself in the casing and that just takes too long!

    This isn’t the dish for that. You want sausage that’s already cooked so you can slice!

    Can I use different kinds of bell peppers?

    You can use whatever colors of bell peppers you like.

    This smoked sausage and peppers with rice is easily one of our favorite weeknight meals! It all comes together in one-pot and it's so flavorful!

    What type of rice can I use for the smoked sausage and peppers with rice recipe?

    I always have sushi rice on hand. It’s just what we always have because I grew up on it.

    You can use any standard white rice like jasmine, basmati, etc. but definitely don’t use arborio!

    Will cook time vary depending on the rice I use?

    Yep. It also might take more or less liquid to cook that specific rice. Just keep an eye on it.

    This smoked sausage and peppers with rice is easily one of our favorite weeknight meals! It all comes together in one-pot and it's so flavorful!

    Is the sauce supposed to be watery consistency or thick?

    For ours, because of the rice we used and because rice has a lot of starch, the “sauce” was coating the rice and there wasn’t any liquid left!

    Is this spicy?

    Yes, but you can make it less spicy by using less seasonings.

    Can I make this spicier?

    Of course. Suit to taste!

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    4.38 from 8 votes

    Smoked Sausage and Peppers with Rice

    This flavorful rice dish is elevated with the smoked sausage and bell peppers that add a sweet bite!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 30 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: American
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 693kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 13 ounces smoked sausage, beef or pork, sliced into rounds
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 medium bell peppers, sliced into strips (your favorite colors)
    • 2 cups white rice
    • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning (if you don't have this, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper works too)
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


    • In a heavy bottom pan such as a dutch oven, add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat up over medium-high heat.
    • Once hot, add smoked sausage and let brown on both sides.
    • Add the onion, garlic, and bell peppers. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
    • Add the rice and slightly toast it in pan before adding the tomato sauce. Add tomato sauce and chicken broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes, or until rice is done.


    Nutrition Facts
    Smoked Sausage and Peppers with Rice
    Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
    Calories 693 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Carbohydrates 83g28%
    Fiber 8g32%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 28g56%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Jessy says:

    YUMMMMMM! definitely tyring this out this week :p

    xoxo <3

    • Julie Wampler says:

      It’s so easy and delicious! Enjoy!

  • Tiffany says:

    The Pyrex dish you have pictured… is that what you cooked in? I have one similar…. but I didn’t know I could put on stove top… I don’t have a Dutch oven and if I could this would be great!!!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      No, I didn’t cook in it! Haha, I just scooped it in there for photographic purposes.

  • Jess says:

    I’ve made this twice now – I love it!! <3 I was really craving sausage and peppers and this really hit the spot. It's perfect!

    • Julie Wampler says:


  • Sarah Massimi says:

    This was really yummy! I only had a cup and a half of white rice so that’s all I used and it was the perfect amount. I think 2 cups would’ve made it too dry. I used a 15oz can of tomato sauce instead of 8oz also. The only other thing I will change when I make it again is I will use double the amount of sausage because my family loves it so it could use more, but they loved this dish also.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Thank you for letting me know!

  • Michael Hovermale says:

    What a time to realize the only rice you have on hand is minute rice. Still worked out well with a close eye. Can’t wait to try it with some good rice

  • Cynthia says:

    The whole family loved this meal. We did not add any creole seasoning or cayenne pepper but it was delicious. I saved the recipe so that we can make it again. I bet with the right creole seasoning this would be fantastic!

  • Lori says:

    Loved this! But it made so much more than I expected. Can this the leftovers be frozen?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      yes, but i think the rice can become mushy once reheated

  • Diane Beauchamp says:

    Doesn’t need extra salt. The tomato sauce would have made it plenty salty. Good recipe otherwise.

  • Tony says:

    This was delicious. I added chopped zucchini to the mix and it was great!

  • Chrystie says:

    Is the rice already cooked rice?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      No, you put it in the pot with everything else and let it all cook together; see instructions for timing.

  • James S says:

    This was so very good! Added a tsp of red pepper and 1/4 cup fresh cilantro.

  • Paige says:

    I have made this several times and LOVE it! However now that we are going into spring I have cut back on carbs, I wondered if you had a suggestion for substituting cauliflower rice? Thank you :)

    • Julie Wampler says:

      i would add that in last just to warm up

  • Byenia says:

    Made this last night with hot cajun andouille sausage and frozen peppers and onions. Was tasty and easy to bring together.

  • Janice darty says:

    I just made this dish, and it was really an awesome meal. I made it directly by the recipe, not changing or adding anything. We thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Garry Ward says:

    Made this last night and threw it away after eating some of the sausage and peppers. Two cups of rice is way too much. Followed the recipe but didn’t look anything like the picture. Never try this again.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      why would you throw away a dish just because it has too much rice? sounds pretty wasteful. sorry it didn’t work out for you.

      • Tina says:

        I’ve had experience with food insecurity so I would never throw food away unless it was burnt and inedible. Makes me sad. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Christy says:

    I’ve made this 3 times now using Costco’s freybe dried chorizo sausage and that gives it a perfect extra spice kick! I can’t get over how fantastic this recipe is and have recommended it to friends. Such a great recipe to make when I have to many peppers in the fridge on their last legs it!

  • Erin says:

    I made this tonight, followed the recipe exactly and it’s exactly what you said it would be: easy, quick, and tasty! Thanks!

  • Barb says:

    What kind of bread and side do you serve with it?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      any kind of bread works, honestly! your favorite! i like to serve this with roasted vegetables.

  • Leah says:

    This was so flavorful and easy to make. Everyone LOVED it. I made it with Hatch chiles since they’re in abundance at the grocery store right now, and I also added some zucchini (based on another person’s review). Thank you so much, Julie!

  • Dawn says:

    Do I need to use chicken broth

    • Julie Chiou says:

      yes, it is the liquid that cooks the rice. were you thinking of another liquid in replacement?

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