Fair Food in the Slow Cooker: Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions

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Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions


Fair Food in the Slow Cooker: Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions

I remember is a little girl going to the fair and seeing all the food trailers.  There were all different kinds of foods, from elephant ears to Mongolian barbeque to the one stand I always remember going to that served the best Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions.  They had a griddle right in front of the trailer that you could see from outside.  It had huge coils of Italian sausage grilling and right next to them  mounds of peppers and onions, sliced and caramelizing.  They would cut off a hunk of sausage and serve it in a hot toasted bun with marinara sauce or a spicy mustard.  You had your choice of hot or sweet Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions.  That was the trailer I always headed for.  But now its just as easy to make them at home with your slow cooker while you’re gone out for the day!  (And cheaper too!)

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The Best Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions

The best Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions starts with fresh sausage from your favorite grocer’s meat case, or maybe in with the breakfast sausages.  I like to look for places that make your own Italian sausage, but that’s becoming rare these days, so I get mine at my favorite grocer premade.  For the onions I get whatever is on sale, typically something not sweet.  The onions sweeten as they cook, so the bolder the flavor, the better the final sandwich.  I typically get a mix of peppers, mixing green, yellow, orange, and red, or I get whatever’s on sale.  Rolls should be hearty to hold the large sausages.  I normally get a hoagie rolls, but you can get whatever role you like.  Sometimes I even buy French bread and just cut it into sections.

Fair Food in the Slow Cooker: Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions

Fair Food in the Slow Cooker: Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions


  • 2 lbs Italian sausage links or rope cut into links
  • 4 bell peppers, any color
  • 5-6 onions
  • Hoagie rolls


  1. Layer the peppers and onions in the bottom of a 5 qt slow cooker.
  2. Arrange the sausages on top of the vegetables.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and set to low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve in hoagie rolls with marinara sauce or mustard.

Toppings for Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions

I use a lot of different toppings on Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions.  Sometimes it’s simply marinara sauce from a jar.  Use your favorite sauce and you’ll up.  I’m also known to use pizza sauce for a little bit of a spicier flavor, or a hearty brown mustard. They all make amazing toppings on Italian Sausage Peppers and Onions.

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  1. Can you cook these on high for 4 hours also?

  2. Crazy question! Do I need to add any water or broth to my slow cooker first?

    • Actually, it all depends on your slow cooker. I have a very heavy glass lid for my slow cooker, so it hold in all the natural juices that are released from the peppers, onions and sausage. So, I do not add any additional liquid.

  3. Is this something I could freeze then cook in the crockpot? Would I have to thaw before cooking?

    • You could totally freeze this and then place frozen into the crock pot. Just make sure to add a little liquid to the crock pot when you go to cook. I would suggest chicken stock

  4. Thank you so much for linking these up with Mouthwatering Mondays!! I love the flavors and idea so much that I featured them in this week’s linky! Have a delicious week!

  5. i think im going to have to try this!

  6. Fair food is so irresistible, I know my family would love this! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  7. A yummy dish! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. This sounds wonderful! I love using my crockpot, and this sounds like a delicious mixture for a sandwich!

  9. This would be the perfect recipe for Fall camping weekends in our RV! Thanks for sharing

  10. Yum! this is going on my master menu list.


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