This Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers recipe is easy to throw together in minutes but tastes like it’s been cooking all day.  I love having a option besides chicken to prepare in my slow cooker and this crock pot recipe is a family favorite.

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Easy Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers Recipe:

Making Peppers and Sausage in Crock Pot is the perfect weeknight meal. We love how all the ingredients are placed in the crock pot to cook on low. You can serve over rice or we love placing it a hoagie.

This hearty and delicious comfort food can be tossed together in about 15 minutes and it taste like you spent hours preparing it. The sausage comes out tender, juicy and full of flavor.

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Can you put Uncooked Sausages in Slow Cooker?

Yes, you definitely put the sausage in the slow cooker. Cooking sausages in the crock pot is so easy.  I love cooking them this way.

It is not necessary to brown the sausages in olive oil prior to putting them in your crock pot.  Just throw them in with the other ingredients and I promise it’ll taste amazing.

Ingredients for Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers:

  • Italian Sweet Sausage Links or mild Italian Sausage
  • Red Peppers
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Onion
  • Italian seasoning
  • Minced Garlic
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Chicken Broth
  • Hot Dog Buns or Cooked Rice

Even though it’s only a few ingredients, the combination is delicious!

How to Make Sausage and Peppers in a Crockpot

  • Blend Sauce Ingredients – Mix together the tomato sauce and seasoning in a mixing bowl.
Tomato sauce and seasoning in a bowl
  • Layer ingredients in the Crock Pot – Combine everything in the crock pot except for the buns or rice. The sausage peppers and onions all placed in the crock pot and covered with the tomato sauce mixture.
Uncooked sausage and peppers in the crock pot
  • Cover and Cook – Cover crock pot with lid and cook on low for 8 hours or you can cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Serve and Enjoy – Serve the sausage on hot dog buns, hoagie rolls, on rice, or just slice the sausage and enjoy. I like to season with salt and pepper.

Can I put Frozen Sausages in a Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can put the sausages in the crock pot frozen and then cook for 8 hours on low.  This works great and you no longer have to worry about defrosting anything for dinner. 

We also love to freeze peppers, so this is the perfect recipe to throw the vegetables that are in your freezer.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

This recipe is so filling, you can serve the sausages on your favorite type of bun and it’s ready for dinner.

I also love serving this recipe with my favorite pasta salad as a side dish.  Here are 3 that I absolutely love and of course, they are also easy to make!

Close up image of italian sausage and peppers in a hoagie

Crock Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers Tips:

  • Seasoning – We used dried Italian Seasoning, but you can also use fresh herbs.
  • Peppers – We like to combine different color bell peppers. Red, Yellow, and Green Bell Pepper all work great in this recipe.
  • Cut Peppers and Onions Thick – When we prepare that onions and peppers for this recipe, we like to cut them thick so they do not dissolve in the sauce.
  • Hoagies – We like to warm our hoagies in the oven to give them that crispy texture. Add the sausage to the hoagies for an amazing lunch or dinner idea.
Close up image of italian sausage and peppers in a hoagie

Recipe Variation ideas:

This recipe is so versatile, there are tons of alternations you can make to this recipe to make it work for your family.

  • Tomato Sauce Variation – If you are out of tomato sauce, you can easily make crockpot sausage and peppers with crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, or diced tomatoes with green chiles.  Either one would taste great in this simple recipe.
  • Use Chicken Broth – If your family does not like tomatoes, you can make crock pot sausage and peppers without tomatoes.  I would double the chicken broth so it doesn’t dry out and just leave the tomato sauce out of the slow cooker.
  • Add Pasta – You can mix in cooked pasta in with the cooked sausage and peppers.
  • Mix in Potatoes – Add in some slices of potatoes with the other ingredients.
  • Chicken – The combination of chicken, sausage and peppers is so good. This mixture is perfect served over some rice.
  • Add in Some Spice – If you like sausage and peppers spicy, mix in some jalapenos or some red chili flakes.
  • Mix in some different Vegetables – Mix in some carrots, squash or even mushrooms with the sausage and peppers.
  • Sausage – There are different varieties of sausage flavors. You can use mild, medium or hot. Use what works for your family.

Close up image of italian sausage and peppers in a hoagie

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Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

4.96 from 21 votes
Try this simple and quick crock pot sausage and peppers recipe. Everyone loves this slow cooker Italian sausage recipe and it’s so easy to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Lunch, Main Course
Calories 356
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 2 19 oz packages Italian Sweet Sausages (the big links)
  • 2 red peppers sliced
  • 2 green peppers sliced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • hot dog buns or cooked rice, to serve


  • Combine everything in the crock pot except for the buns or rice.
  • Cover crock pot with lid and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Serve the sausage on hot dog buns, on rice, or just slice the sausage and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 356kcal, Carbohydrates 20g, Protein 31g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 100mg, Sodium 1774mg, Potassium 750mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 12g, Vitamin A 3065IU, Vitamin C 223.9mg, Calcium 71mg, Iron 19.2mg

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  1. I Going To Try The Sausage Pepper And Onions. And The Philly Steak And Cheese Sounds Good

  2. At first the sausage appeared to not be cooked to me cause I am used to seeing grill marks on it. But this was extremely easy to prepare/make and tasted great as a sandwich.

  3. Thanks for sharing. Yes, if you are used to grilling sausages than these do look a bit different but they taste amazing!

  4. 5 stars
    Thank u for putting all the added info. I was trying to remember if I could just throw hot sausages in crock pot frozen its been a long time. Kids finally like spicy yea me. Ok one question back in day i used to buy a spicy BBQ hoagie I know its ground meat like a sloppy Joe but trying to figure out what spice they added. Its not rep pepper or Cheyenne I use those daily lol

  5. I’m not sure – maybe it was chipotle peppers? We love cooking those in some of our beef recipes!