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Slow Cooker Red Beans, Rice & Tofu

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: main dish
Cuisine: gluten free, no oil option, slow cooker, tree nut free, vegan
Servings: 8 -12 servings
Author: Gena Hamshaw


  • 1 lb kidney beans soaked overnight or for 8 hours and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small onions diced
  • 3 large stalks celery diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 14 ounces Nasoya extra firm tofu cubed
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 7 cups water + 1 vegan chicken style bouillon cube or 7 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoons fine salt more as needed; the bouillon or broth will plenty of salt as well, but you can increase the starting amount to 1 1/2-2 teaspoons if you use low-sodium broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper this is very mild, which is my style, but feel free to ramp it up if you like a lot of heat!
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 cups long-grain white or brown rice*
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to taste
  • Hot sauce and chopped green onions for topping


  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Boil the beans for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  • Optional: heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the onion is gently browning. Add these ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except for rice and vinegar to the slow cooker. If you don't choose to sauté the vegetables, you can skip the olive oil and dump everything but the rice and vinegar into the slow cooker now!
  • Cook the ingredients on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Add the rice. Continue cooking for 2 more hours on low or 1 hour on high (1 1/2 hours if you use brown rice instead of white). Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the vinegar and add additional salt as needed. Serve, with plenty of hot sauce and chopped green onions if desired.