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Spicy Bean and Sausage Soup Recipe – How to Make it in 12 Simple Steps

A fresh bowl of spicy bean and sausage soup.

Some days you may just be in the mood for something warm and spicy. This recipe for Spicy Bean and Sausage Soup is the perfect recipe for days like that. It is warm and soothing, perfect for chilly winter days, and even better, you can prepare it in the slow cooker so that you don’t have to spend time in the kitchen on a busy workday. Don’t worry, though, if you don’t care for spicy food or the kids can’t handle the heat. You can prepare this soup with mild Italian sausage if you need to turn down the temperature of the soup.

A fresh bowl of spicy bean and sausage soup.

Spicy Bean and Sausage Soup Recipe

Homestratosphere's Editorial Staff & Writers
This recipe features the taste and texture of two different kinds of beans, bell peppers, and Italian sausage. It is similar to a kind of chili, but the flavors are unique enough that it’s definitely not your typical chili recipe. You can top the soup with cheddar cheese or corn chips and you will have a satisfying, tasty dish that the whole family will love.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings


  • Large skillet
  • Large Slow Cooker
  • Bowl


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage hot or mild, with the casing removed
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 pc Green Pepper chopped
  • 15 ounces Pinto Beans from a can
  • 15 ounces Cannellini Beans from a can
  • 3 cups Beef Broth or beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 10 ounces Tomatoes with Diced Green Chili Peppers from a can


  • In a large skillet, brown the meat, stirring and chopping it until no pink remains and it is chopped into small bits.
  • Drain any accumulated fat from the meat and discard the fat.
  • Place the meat, broth, onion powder, and minced garlic in a large slow cooker.
  • Open both of the cans of beans and drain the liquid from the beans. You may want to put the beans in a colander and rinse them if the liquid is particularly thick and slimy.
  • Add the beans to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the other ingredients.
  • Stir in the bell pepper, salt, and chili powder.
  • Open the can of tomatoes and add it to the soup, but do not drain the juices from the tomatoes. The tomato juice will add to the flavor of the broth in this soup.
  • Replace the lid of the slow cooker and cook the soup for two to four hours on high heat, or you can cook it for six to eight hours on low heat.
  • Spoon the soup into bowls and serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese or corn chips.
    A freshly-cooked bowl of bean and sausage soup topped with cheese.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a dish with a tightly fitting lid. They should be used within three days.
  • To reheat, put the soup in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a paper towel, and microwave it for about a minute and a half, stirring halfway through the time.
  • Alternatively, you can put your soup in a saucepan on the stove and reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until it is steaming.


Our recipe for Spicy Bean and Sausage Soup is an excellent one to have on hand when you have an insanely busy week. These are the weeks when both kids have ball games after school, work is going to run late, and there are three birthday parties to attend over the weekend. You probably understand that on those weeks you had better have a plan for dinner on at least a few of those nights, and it has to be an easy plan to follow.
Otherwise, you and the kids are going to be in the fast-food drive-through stuffing your faces with unhealthy burgers, nuggets, and fries. When you have taken a bit of time to throw the ingredients for this soup in the slow cooker, you and the kids can walk in the door after one of those ball games and dinner will be ready to go on the table. The welcoming fragrance of chili powder, peppers, and Italian seasoning will make everyone glad to be home together.
Of course, canned beans are relatively inexpensive to use in this recipe, but if your budget is super tight, you can use dried beans. You should use ½ cup each of cannellini beans and pinto beans. Also, you will want to add an extra two cups of water to the soup to help rehydrate the beans.
One thing that is really great about this recipe is that it is economical as well as very filling, even for those who have hearty eaters in the family. Sometimes people with big appetites do not care for soup because they do not find it very filling, but this recipe will be the exception to this idea.
Keyword Beans and Sausage Soup, Recipe, Soup

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