Johnny G's Sausage & Beans

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

"My husband loves kielbasa and he often requests it made with beans. In this recipe, not only can you use kielbasa, but hot dogs (as franks and beans), or good country sausage, can also be used, but in my opinion, smoked sausage of any of these mentioned here, is best. This also makes a great pot-luck option, pleasing young and old."

Original is 6-8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (126.9 g)
  • Calories 122
  • Total Fat - 3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 1.2 mg
  • Sodium - 317.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 22.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 16.4 g
  • Protein - 2.3 g
  • Calcium - 34.6 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Over a stovetop grill, cook kielbasa until smokey and outer skins are marked with grill marks. If you prefer, you can skip this step, but it provides additional smokiness and flavor to your dish. My husband prefers it this way, as he says, it prevents the sausage from being lame and mushy.

Step 2

Meanwhile, to a heated skillet or saucepan, add oil. Once oil is hot, add onions and saute until golden. Add beans to the skillet along with all remaining ingredients.

Step 3

Once sausages are cooked and marked, cut each into pieces (whatever size you prefer). Add to the bean mixture and cook over medium-high heat until the liquid starts to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 or so minutes. (Depending on how much liquid is in each can, you may want to reduce it further uncovered, up to your taste and discretion.)

NOTE: You can also, cook this in a slow-cooker as well, by cooking the onions in a skillet first and then adding all remaining ingredients. If you prefer, you can also cook the sausage over a stove-top grill as indicated in the method above before placing it in your slow-cooker, except leaving it in the skillet for less time, because it will cook enough in the slow-cooker, but it's all up to you.


No special items needed.

6 Reviews


Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe my friend. It was quick and easy to make with excellent results. I made as written using Piller's Premium Extra Lean Kobassa and two different Bush bean varieties: home style and dark molasses. (It was what I had on hand) They worked beautifully in this recipe . Since it was too cold to grill, I pan fried the meat until it had a nice golden crust. We loved this recipe, it made a very tasty and satisfying meal. The beans were delicious, tangy and sweet . I served my hubby's in a bowl with a biscuit on the side, while I had the beans over the biscuit. Both versions were enjoyed.


review by:
(28 Jan 2024)


I made this using maple syrup in lieu of brown sugar and used Sikorski Garlic Kielbasa. I served it up to hubby and his buddies for game night and they all loved it, not a bean left in sight, lol.


review by:
(4 Dec 2023)


I really enjoyed this comfort meal. I sliced some bite-sized kielbasa that I browned stove top (so that I didn't have to cut it when serving). I love liquid smoke so added a couple dashes of that and really enjoyed the smoky flavor. Next time I'll try grilling the sausage as you stated in the just isn't grilling season yet. lol. Thanks for sharing this nice keeper, Nat.


review by:
(3 Apr 2022)


We all enjoyed this dish which we cut in half for the three of us. I used Polish sausage and made as directed. Served with Boston Brown Bread and Apple pudding for a comfort meal which everyone enjoyed. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(26 Oct 2021)

Daily Inspiration

Great bean and sausage dish. This is almost exactly the way I make my baked beans so instead of cooking on the stove, I decided to bake this dish. I substituted green onions for the regular and left off the liquid smoke. I cut the smoked sausage into slices and browned them in a skillet and then drained them. I added them to the baked beans and baked them off. Loved the beans with the addition of the sausage as I usually use just bacon for flavor. : ) Delish!


(28 Jan 2021)


This is a great dressed up version of beanies and weinies. We all loved it. All the flavors blended so nicely together. We left out the smoke flavor by personal preference. We had a lot of great natural smoky flavor from the sausages.


review by:
(25 Oct 2020)

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