Tired of the same old boring dinner recipes? Look no further than this easy Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers recipe! This main dish combines sausage, tomato sauce, peppers, and cheese to bring you the perfect recipe for those days when you can't be bothered with cooking.

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Listen up, my fellow lazy chefs! If you're looking for a dinner recipe requiring minimal prep time and maximum flavor, you're in the right place. This crock pot sausage and peppers recipe is perfect for those busy days when you just can't handle cooking over the stovetop. With a blend of sweet sausage and ground beef, colorful bell peppers, and a delicious tomato sauce, this slow cooker recipe will become a new family favorite. So grab your crockpot and get ready to impress your whole family with this easy weeknight meal that's also low carb!

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What You Need to Make Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

  • Olive Oil – Helps caramelize veggies for better flavor.
  • Bulk Ground Sweet Sausage – The star of the dish for a savory, sweet flavor.
  • Ground Beef – Adds richness and makes the dish more filling.
  • Fire-Roasted Tomatoes – Smoky flavor adds complexity and acidity.
  • Tomato Sauce – Thickens the sauce and adds sweetness.
  • Small Onion – Brings sweetness and crunch to the party. 
  • Red Pepper – Sweet and slightly smoky for color and flavor.
  • Green Pepper – Adds bitter and sweet flavors, texture, and color.
  • Provolone or Mozzarella Slices – Melty goodness binds everything together.
  • Fresh Rolls – Soaks up the sauce and adds texture and flavor.

How to Make Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the sausage and ground beef, breaking into bite-sized portions as it cooks. 
  • Transfer to a large slow cooker. Stir in the roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, and peppers into the slow cooker with the sausage mixture. 
  • Cook on low for 5-7 hours.
  • Toast rolls with a slice of mozzarella cheese on each until golden brown and the cheese starts to melt. 
  • Using a slotted spoon, pile the sausage and pepper mixture onto a toasted hoagie roll.

Expert Tips

  • Substitute spicy Italian sausage for sweet sausage for an extra kick!
  • Add cauliflower rice for more veggies! 
  • Add extra sauce for added sauciness. 
  • Top with grated parmesan cheese!
  • Use Italian turkey sausages to reduce fat content!

What to Serve With Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

​If you want to create a mega spread of delicious dishes, pair this meal with our Ultimate Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese, Mama's Mashed Potatoes, or Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon!

Leftovers and Reheating

  • Store the portions in an airtight container or resealable bag in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • When you're ready to eat, simply reheat the portion in the microwave or on the stove until it's hot and bubbly. Serve it with hoagie rolls, a simple side salad, or whatever your heart desires!

More Slow-Cooker Recipes to Try

Well, there you have it, folks - a crock pot sausage and peppers recipe that's easy enough for a weeknight dinner and flavorful enough to impress your taste buds. With simple ingredients and a cooking process that practically does itself, it's the perfect recipe for those nights when you just don't feel like cooking. So, grab your hoagie buns and your appetite, and get ready for a delicious and stress-free dinner! Also, please rate the recipe card and leave a comment below to help out the next reader!

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Savor the mouthwatering combination of juicy sausages, colorful bell peppers, onions, and a blend of savory spices in our crock pot sausage and peppers recipe. Simply let the slow cooker work its magic, and in a few hours, you'll have a hearty and flavorful dish ready to enjoy with your favorite crusty bread or over pasta. It's comfort food at its best!
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Author: Kita Roberts
6 hours 10 minutes
Serves: 8 sandwiches


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lbs bulk ground sweet sausage
  • ½ lbs ground beef
  • 30 oz fire roasted tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion - sliced
  • 1 red pepper - sliced
  • 1 green pepper - sliced
  • 16 slices provolone or mozzarella
  • 8 Fresh rolls


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the sausage and ground beef, breaking into bite sized portions as it cooks. 
  • Transfer to a large slow cooker. Stir in the roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, and peppers into the slow cooker with the sausage mixture. 
  • Cook on low for 5-7 hours.
  • Toast rolls with a slice of mozzarella on each until golden brown and cheese is starting to melt. 
  • Using a slotted spoon, pile sausage and pepper mixture onto rolls.


BHG Special Interest Publication Tailgating


Serving: 1g | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 751mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Recipe FAQs

What type of onions should I use for this recipe?

You can use white or yellow onions, depending on the amount of sweetness you like.

What if I don't have hoagie rolls?

You can use hamburger or hot dog buns, or any other rolls you like!

​Can I use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce?

Absolutely! Just make sure to dilute your tomato paste before adding it to the crock pot.

Is this recipe good for a keto diet?

​Yes! The carbs in this recipe without the rolls is 9g, making it low carb and perfect for people on the keto diet!

What kind of sausage should I use?

You can use any type of sausage you prefer! We used ground sweet Italian sausage for this recipe, but feel free to use what you like! You can also cut up Italian sausage links and throw them in the crock pot if you can't get ground meat.


  1. movita beaucoup says:

    If it's made in a slow cooker, I'm all over it! This looks amazing, and I'm betting 2.0 would do a jump for joy if I were to make it for him. It's kinda like a sloppy joe, but more elegant because of the fire roasted tomatoes. Fire roasted anything takes things to the next level...

  2. Belinda @zomppa says:

    I like your resolutions! I say more of this food!

  3. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    GAH! This recipe just made my day. Love me some sausage and peppers! And the fact I can make these bad boys in a crockpot, brilliant! Happy New Year!

  4. Aimee @ shugary sweets says:

    omg I am in love!!

  5. I'm drooling. I recently found a sweet sausage I just love, and I can't wait to try it with this recipe!

  6. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

    Wow and yum. I like your goals too, but I'll be bummed to read you less, just so you know. You make me smile. I have the BHG Slow Cooker special issue. They should have put this in it. 🙂

  7. Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    I've been posting less as well and you're right, it's liberating. The pressure is down! I think you've got a great task list and I want this sandwich in my life immediately.

  8. claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Oh mammmmmaa!!

  9. Kita you are so cute, I just love your writing style! I so know what you mean by less blogging when I did that it totally liberated me too. I like the idea about the cookbook club 🙂 count me in.

  10. steph@stephsbitebybite says:

    Um...I think there's drool all over my keyboard now

  11. On my list this year is a new sofa also! Only wish I could afford my own taste 😉

  12. Dionne Baldwin says:

    Yay writing! I love hearing about you, your life and what's cookin' and I don't care how often it is or not. I remember the day i found your blog what seems like so long ago! I was looking for a good brioche recipe. It has always been hard to come by as many claim to be brioche but are not even close, but your photos and your post really won me over and I put your blog in my browser favorites right in between two of our fellow bloggers. You have really won me over and I love seeing what you are cooking. Your photography inspires me, the recipes you share make me hungry and I just adore YOU my friend! I hope you have a great 2013!

  13. Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Seriously Kita... these look FAB-U-LOUS! I love love love the idea of using my slow cooker for this! Consider this bookmarked and being made soon in my house!

  14. Put this in the slow cooker this morning so we could enjoy a lazy Saturday. I made one tiny mistake, I put in a pound of ground beef instead of a half a pound but it still turned out delicious and will be a keeper in our house. There is a lot of liquid, you could almost use this recipe for a stuffed pepper soup. Don't try hesitate to try this it won't disappoint!

  15. This was awesome! I stirred in a Tb of red wine vinegar and a tsp of pesto at the end. I will make this again!!

  16. I"m making this now.... smells great so far! I put some veggies (frozen trader joes blended) in a food processor and added a cup to this for more veggies.... but no spices in this? I'm thinking it might need hot sauce or something to kick it up a notch, what do you think?

    1. My boyfriend seasons everything with Chipotle Tabasco. I always let him add some on at the end - and I am always open for a little red pepper flake and extra Tabasco myself 🙂 love the added veg.

  17. I was wandering have you ever used regular sausage.

  18. 5 stars
    Sausage and peppers started and I cant wait to sit down with the family later to enjoy it. Will let you know how it turns out!. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Stoked to see how your family likes these! Share a pic 😀

  19. Michelle Roberts says:

    Does the sausage have to be slow cooked? Can't I saute it on my stove?

    1. You can totally sautee it before adding it in. This adds a bit of texture and speeds up the cook time. 😀

  20. I am making this right now. Do you use 30 total ounces of the tomatoes, or 2x 30 for a total of 60 ounces?

    1. Hey Dave, sorry we didnt catch this sooner - it is 30oz - usually 2 14oz cans. Updating the recipe now

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