Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers (also for Instant Pot)

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!

sausage and peppers

This recipe is part of my Dump It ‘Til It’s Hot series of dump recipes. It’s all about making delicious food with minimal prep, no pre-cooking, the ability to freeze for a great make-ahead meal. And trust me when I say, easy never tasted so good!

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

It never occurred to me to make a 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!

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!

sausage peppers and onions

crock pot sausage and peppers

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.
  • 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.

sausage and peppers recipe

Frequently asked questions about making Crockpot Sausage and Peppers

  • How do you serve sausage and peppers? I like to serve them on a 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 peppers? Yes, but do it prior to cooking.
  • How long do sausage and peppers last? These last 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.

crockpot sausage and peppers

Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe Upgrades

Although this is designed to be a dump-and-go recipe, here are a few “upgrades” you can make if you have a little extra time on your hands and don’t mind doing a small amount of extra work. You don’t have to do them to have a delicious meal, but they will make this recipe come out even more delicious:

  • Sear the sausage prior to placing in the slow cooker.
  • If using buns, place them into a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes to toast them a bit, top with the cooked sausage, peppers and onions, and then with slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese and return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Throw a bag of frozen french fries or tater tots onto a pan and bake to serve with this.

italian sausage and peppers

Make it a meal!

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

italian sausage

Helpful tools:

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

Sausage and pepper sandwiches

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)
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).

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