This sausage and peppers skillet recipe is full of cajun-inspired flavors. It cooks in 1 skillet in about 30 minutes, making it a simple dinner idea that lives up to its promise of bold, delicious flavors.Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links to cooking items we love & use. If you purchase through one of these links we may earn a small commission.
The full recipe is at the bottom of this page, but here's a quick overview of what you'll need & how to make it:
- Andouille sausage links (or Italian sausage)
- Red bell pepper
- Yellow bell pepper
- Green bell pepper
- Yellow onion
- Can crushed tomatoes
- Chicken broth
- Bay leaf
Popular Additions & Substitutions:
- Sausage: you can also make this with Italian sausage (sweet or spicy)
- Bell peppers: use bell peppers of any color (3 total)
- Tomatoes: diced tomatoes can be substituted for crushed tomatoes
How to Make This Sausage and Peppers Skillet
Step 1: Brown the Sausages
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, cook the peppers 5 - 6 minutes on each side, until almost cooked through. Set aside and cut into slices once cooled.
Step 2: Cook the Onion, Bell Peppers & Jalapeno
Add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Cook the onion, bell peppers and jalapeno for 3 - 4 minutes, until barely tender.
Step 3: Add Remaining Ingredients
Stir in the cooked sausage and the remaining ingredients: crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, paprika, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste.
Step 4: Simmer
Bring the skillet to a boil and simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, for 15 - 20 minutes, until the sausage is cooked through. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper. Add additional broth if preferred.
Step 5: Serve
Discard bay leaf. Serve warm, optionally over rice or pasta.
What to Serve with Sausage and Peppers
Sausage and peppers can be a stand-alone dish, or you can serve it over rice (any kind — white, brown or cauliflower rice) or over pasta (large noodle pastas like penne work best).
Frequently Asked Questions
The internal cooked temperature of pork is 145°F. Some types of pork will still have a pinkish color in the middle after they are cooked through.
Andouille sausage or Italian sausage (sweet or spicy) are best. Andouille sausage will give your dish a cajun flavor and can be slightly spicy. Italian sausage is also tasty and complements the herbs (thyme, oregano) in this recipe.
A large skillet (preferably at least 10u0022 wide) is best for this recipe. If you have one, a cast iron skillet (or cast iron enameled skillet) works well for this recipe. If not, any large skillet can be used. You'll also need a lid for your skillet.