Crockpot Sausage and Peppers (also for Instant Pot)

Crockpot Sausage and Peppers is a delicious and easy way to make some fantastic sausage sandwiches. Just dump the ingredients into your crockpot (or instant pot) and let it do the rest of the work!

A sausage and peppers sandwich at an angle with melted cheese with peppers and other sandwiches behind it.!

Try some other tasty recipes featuring Italian Sausage like Sausage Bake with Tomato Sauce, Sausage Pasta with Rapini and Bean and Sausage Soup.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

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It never occurred to me to make an Italian sausage and peppers recipe for the crockpot until my sister told me about it. She said it was crazy easy and so good, so naturally I had to try it. And when I saw how easy it was how how minimal the work was, I knew this would be perfect for my dump recipe series. You literally just dump it into the pot, cover and cook!

This is the epitome of a dump recipes. You basically just slice some onions and peppers, halve the Italian sausage links and a splash of white wine if you want and throw it all into the slow cooker, instant pot or zipper bag. It’s really that easy! And totally delicious as well!

A woman holding raw Italian sausage peppers and onions in a plastic zipper bag.

An overhead image of a blue bowl of sausage, peppers and onion with bun lined up next to it on a cutting board.

Tips for making Sausage Peppers and Onions in the crockpot

  • I try to slice the peppers and onions on the thicker side so that they don’t cook down to nothing.
  • It doesn’t matter what color peppers you go with- I like the flavor of red peppers best, but that’s more personal preference.
  • I like to cut my sausage links in half to make them a more manageable size but if you prefer to keep them whole, that’s fine too.
  • Be sure you’re cooking these on low. I tested them on high, but they just didn’t turn out right texturally.

An overhead image of sausage and peppers in a crock pot.

Can you put raw sausage in a slow cooker?

Yes, they will cook up just fine in the crock pot.

Can I use precooked sausage?

I wouldn’t recommend it for this recipe.

Can I use red wine instead of white wine?

Sure- it will change the flavor and color but will still be delicious!

How long do sausages take to cook in the slow cooker?

These cook for 4 hours on low. I do not recommend cooking on high.

How do you serve sausage and peppers?

I like to serve them on a hoagie roll or bun with provolone or mozzarella cheese, but you can also eat when with a fork and knife and the sides of your choice.

Can you freeze sausage and bell peppers?

Yes, but do it prior to cooking.

How long do sausage and peppers last?

These last 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.

An overhead image of 3 crockpot sausage and peppers on a cutting board with a grey towel next to them.

Sausage and Peppers Recipe ingredients

  • Italian sausage links
  • Bell peppers
  • Onion
  • White wine

Make it a meal!

A few great recipes to round out and complete this meal would be:

A close up image of Italian sausage and peppers and onions.

Ingredients to prep ahead:

  • Cut peppers
  • Cut onions

Helpful tools:

  1. Slow cooker
  2. Instant pot
  3. Gallon freezer zipper bags
  4. Slow cooker liners

A close up image of an Italian sausage on a bun with peppers, onion and melted cheese- there's another sandwich on the side of it out of focus.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 5 mins

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers is a delicious and easy way to make some fantastic sausage sandwiches. Just dump the ingredients into your crockpot (or instant pot) and let it do the rest of the work!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sausage and Peppers
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Nicole Scuteri
  • 1 Package Italian sausage links, halved (around 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 Bell peppers, sliced on the thicker side (any color you'd like)
  • 2 Onions, sliced on the thicker side
  • 1 splash white wine (optional)
  • 1/2 cup broth or water (only if using Instant Pot)
Optional extras for serving
  • Hero rolls
  • Provolone or mozzarella cheese, sliced
  1. Place sausage, peppers and onion into the slow cooker and top with a splash of wine (or place the ingredients into a zipper bag and freeze- thaw before cooking).

  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on low heat.

  3. Serve immediately. (Optional- you can toast cut hero rolls for 5 minutes at 350 degrees, top with cooked sausage, peppers, onions and slices of cheese. Return to the oven nd bake 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted).

Recipe Notes

If using instant pot, add 1/2 cup water or chicken broth. Cook on manual high pressure for 20 minutes and do a quick release. Serve immediately.

Buns with sausage and peppers and melted cheese on top on white rectangular plate.

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