Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers

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This Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe is so heartwarming and just incredibly delicious!

The sausage, onion, and peppers are so flavorful.  But the sauce.

Oh, that sauce. 

Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe


The ingredients are straightforward and bold. You can try two different kinds of kielbasa. We love a combination of pork and beef.

Find a nice ale at your local liquor store.

And be sure to get fresh thyme…it really boosts the flavor of this incredible dish.

Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe

Slice the sausage on a diagonal for nice-sized bites. Then cook in a large sturdy pot..a Dutch oven works wonderfully.

Cook until nicely browned and crisp.

Oh, so good.


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But in the meantime, let’s get back to this amazing Beer-Braise Kielbasa with Peppers!

Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe

There is just something so fantastic about braising this sausage with the onion and red bell pepper with good ale. It’s nutty in flavor and imparts an incredible taste.

And you won’t believe the smell as it simmers in your kitchen.

Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe

It’s surprising how quickly this dish comes together. It literally tastes like it has been slow simmering for hours.

We don’t have many dishes that get made repeatedly in our house, mainly because I’m constantly coming up with new dishes to try. But this is one of the few that stays in rotation for weeknight (or weekend) meals. It’s just really that good.

Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe

This is one of the most comforting and delicious dishes you’ll find. And it all comes together 30 to 40 minutes.

The perfect accompaniment to this Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers is creamy mashed potatoes. The sauce and mashed potatoes are made for each other.

It’s even better the next day. We can’t rave enough about this dish!

Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe

Now, go and make this incredible Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers!

You will not be disappointed!

A bowl of Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers next to a patterned napkin and fork

Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers

This Beer-Braised Kielbasa with Peppers recipe is so comforting and packed with bold flavor. Be sure to get a nice good ale, quality apple cider, and your favorite sausages...and you'll be very happy. And remember, this dish is perfect with homemade mashed potatoes!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American / German
Keyword: Kielbasa recipe, Slow-Cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 613kcal


  • Dutch oven, or oven-ready pot


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs kielbasa cut into slices on a diagonal
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ale
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
  • cups chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Mashed potatoes for on the side


  • In a large sturdy pot, preferably a Dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sausages and cook until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper to the pot and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the flour and cook, while stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Whisk in the ale and cider and then add the thyme and stock, continuing to whisk until blended.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Return the sausages to the pot and cover, while reducing the heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, allowing the sauce to slightly thicken.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve at once with mashed potatoes on the side.


Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1022IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg
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  • 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night and it was a hit. Even my very picky 6 yr old twin granddaughters loved it.

    • Hi Lorraine! That is music to our ears!! That is one of our favorite dishes and we are so so happy you had such great success with it. Especially with your picky 6 year old twin granddaughters! That’s a double win for sure!! Thanks for letting us know and for the wonderful review! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • This recipe is awesome. My local butcher has a great Kielbasa, and it’s something I ate a lot growing up. This is now my go to recipe.

    • That is so awesome to hear, Devine! Nothing much better than really good Kielbasa! Thanks so much for letting us know! We truly appreciate it. Stay in touch! Kris & Wesley

  • O My Goodness,
    This sounds WONDERFUL! I don’t drink beer,could you please suggest one that I could purchase for this recipe? I found you via your WONDERFUL chicken salad and Iam so happy I did! Thank you so much! xo,Elizabeth Glass Yorktown,Virginia

    • Thank you, Elizabeth!! It’s really good. You could go with a nonalcoholic beer. The happiness of the beer really adds to the flavor, but doesn’t really taste like beer. Just deepens the taste! Thanks again!

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