Mandy’s Big Mess

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Cook Time 1 hr
Temp High

If you like messy or not, you are not going to want to miss out on this mess. Dig into this light and scrumptious meal that you can easily freeze! It may look like a major mess. But the taste and aroma are purely divine!

Used 6-quart slow cooker

Submitted by: Mandy Marwitz

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Eckrich smoked sausage, sliced (or your favorite brand)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 purple onion, chopped
  • 1 Can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 Jar sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce (may add more, to taste)
  • Fresh jalapeño

Directions

  1. Step One

    Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.

  2. Step Two

    Cook on HIGH for 1–1 1/2 hours or on LOW for 3–4 hours, or until bell pepper and onion are tender.

  3. Step Three

    Serve atop a bed of rice or by itself with a salad.

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  1. Kristine J.

    If doing this as a freezer meal should you put all ingredients in a ziploc bag, including the sweet and sour sauce and the pineapple?

  2. Deborah

    Made this 2 times, with rice. Sprinkle a little soy sauce, yum! Have all my family looking at your site. My son loves coming home to supper and having so little to do so he can eat!

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  3. Kimari

    Kimari

    OMG, I LOVED this! It please the whole family. I served it on top of brown rice and brought the leftovers for work today :) Can’t wait to make this again. Next time I may add a little more heat to my own individual serving, definitely making it again!

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  4. joyce

    This recipe is awesome!! First time I have tried a recipe from this site and it was a great success. Will make again and definitely try other recipes!! Thanks, the whole family loved it, even the picky eaters!!

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  5. Crystal

    Crystal

    I was suprised how good this was. Everyone in the house fears the smosked sausage but I just so happened to have 2 and was like hmmm what am I going to do with these and then Monday this was my receipe so I made it. The only I changed was instead of tabasco we used a habenero hot sauce. It was a little sweet next time I would use less sweet and sour but overall it was good and everyone ate it! (For two days) I was surprised at how good it was. I would def. make again!

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  6. Katie

    This was VERY good. I omitted the jalapenos, but prepared the rest as instructed. My son was wary of the veggie chunks, but loved the rest. Heats up very well for leftover lunches, especially in my little individual crockpot at my desk. Will definitely make again.

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  7. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sarah, that is correct.

  8. Sarah

    My computer is giving me some cryptic hieroglyphics on some of the numbers in the recipe.
    Does it say 1 to 1-1/2 hours on HIGH and 3-4 hours on LOW?

  9. Karla B.

    I have not tried this yet. But I am going to, sounds delish!! I think I may try it with some shredded cabbage in it also.

  10. Molly

    I thought it was good but not a favorite. Kids and hubby didn’t love it either. I thought it was a little sweet. We don’t like jalapeños or Tabasco, though, so that may have cut the sweetness.

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  11. Jennifer

    Jennifer

    we love this one!!! Its a keeper and I passed it onto my daughter and now she makes it for her family!

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  12. Marche

    The men in my house love corn and tomatoes so I added a can of corn and cut up a container of cherry tomatoes. They absolutely loved it. Thanks for adding to my list of dinner meals.

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  13. Angela

    I feel bad admitting this, but I made this in a regular pan on a regular stove tonight….but the combination of the ingredients was amazing!! Instead of tabasco and a jalapeno, I used a dab of spicy Thai chili to get the heat! My husband wants this on a weekly basis, which is great because it is so easy!

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  14. Kristen P.

    Ive seen the recipe several times…just kept putting off making it. Made it today and it was a home run at my house…just regret not making it sooner!!!! This recipe is a keeper!

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  15. Jody T.

    my family loves this and very easy to make!

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  16. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Yes Ellen! Use what y’all like and make it your own girl :)

  17. Ellen

    I need to know if its ok to use tapato sauce instead of Tabasco??

  18. Jessica

    we loved this recipe it was simple enough that my boyfriend was able to fix it-love it next time we are going to double the recipe because we wanted more and it was ALL GONE!!
    thanks ladies

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  19. Melanie

    Very yummy I even added shredded carrots and canned mushrooms.

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  20. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks, Diane! We’re always looking for gluten-free recipes!

  21. Diane

    This was delicious going in the crock pot as it was when it was done. The family loved it. Super easy, and again it’s delicious!

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  22. Bridget H.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! I can find all the ingredients gluten free. Throw it in the crock pot before school, make some rice that evening. EASY! I’m thinking about trying this with chicken. I doubled the recipe once….two of everything even the jalepeno. Unless you like it very spicy only use one jalepeno.

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  23. Kim

    I made this today and I LOVE it. I made a few changes tho, i put 1/2 cup of sweet n sour sauce and I used fresh Pineapple. I only put a bit of the Jalapeno and a little bit of hot sauce. Since I’m getting older I can’t eat a lot of hot foods. This was sooo delish! shared it with my FB friends. Next time I’m going to use chicken.

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  24. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    So glad y’all found another recipe to add to your rotations!

  25. Nicole P.

    I made this tonight for dinner and did exactly what the recipe calls for- even using the Tabasco sauce and jalepeno! Way too spicy for me so next time I will most definitely be cutting back:) I used turkey sausage and served it over rice. Nice healthy recipe minus the sauce. Definitely keeping it on the list just with less spice. Thanks girls!

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  26. Jamie

    I’ve got to be straight up honest – I didn’t think this recipe would be very good whatsoever. I was super surprised! My husband asked me what I was cooking when he got home because it smelled wonderful. This dish was excellent! A nice change from our usual chicken and/or beef recipes. I had all the ingredients except jalapeño on hand and don’t think we would have missed it either way. And since we don’t care for overly spicy dishes I also cut back on the Tabasco. I served this over rice and with a side of black beans. This recipe is a new family favorite :)

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  27. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Don’t have to brown it first…just dump it all in and it cooks in the crock! So YUMMY and easy!

  28. Amanda V.

    Do you brown the sausage before placing in the crock pot? Or will it cook during the hour and a half on high?

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  29. Tonia

    Tonia

    Loved this I subbed Turkey Sausage and served it over rice and it turned out great

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  30. Carly

    This was great! I left the Tabasco sauce out. Too spicy for me. I thought it was yummy. I will definitely make it again!

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    Andi M.

    I love all the colors in this recipe and it makes a ton of food! I thought it was a little on the sweeter side for me, so I’d probably half the sweet and sour sauce next time because the pineapple also adds some nice sweetness. Would also like to try this with chicken pieces. I served mine over couscous and it was very good for lunch at work this week. :)

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  32. Dawn

    A nice change from regular Sweet n Sour from the Chinese place down the road. Our family loves this including my picky husband who normally does not care for Chinese food. I am making it tonight again, and trying it with skinless turkey smoked sausage.

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  33. Beth W.

    This one is making the next round for my freezer co-op! Yum, it was delicious just as written. Loved all the flavor. Will try the General Tso’s sauce too just for kicks. Yes, when you make it for the freezer, just dump it all in a bag and freeze it flat, even the sauce. That way you do not have to try to remember it later. Write the cooking instructions on the outside of the freezer bag prior to putting food in and you won’t even have to look up the recipe.

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  34. Sarah

    Loved this one! We used reduced-fat smoked sausage and didn’t add the hot sauce directly to the crock because of the kiddo. We did add the jalapeno to the crock and it wasn’t too spicy for our 20 month-old…she gobbled it down. This was so tasty and easy to make it will be in our regular rotation!

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  35. Sherri

    To prep for freezer, do you put all of the ingredients together or just the chunky ingredients and add sweet & sour & Tabasco when you put it in the crock?

  36. Barbara B.

    Oh forgot, doubled the recipe!

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  37. Barbara B.

    Got Mandy’s Big Mess in Crock Pot now! So easy, and smells wonderful! Can’t wait to taste!

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  38. Krystal

    YUM YUM YUM!!!! This recipe has definately been added to my favorite dinners list! Served it over brown rice and used 2 packages of sausage! So good! :)

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  39. Dawn D.

    Dawn D.

    PS Used the Eckrich Smoked Turkey sausage 50% less fat…fabulous flavor and was buy one get one free at our grocery last week!

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  40. Dawn D.

    Dawn D.

    SOOOO good and soo easy! Tons of flavor!! A new favorite served over bed of rice and a fruit salad on the side. Only wished I had doubled it…not enough left overs for lunch the next day :)

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  41. Mischa

    My husband LOVES this! Thank you so much!

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  42. nancy

    This will definitely be on my rotation list for dinners!! I served it over rice, scrumptious!! If you like a lot of meat, I would use 2 pounds of sausage next time, which I will be doing! Thx girls !!!

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  43. Kathy

    This was fabulous! I used Iron Chef brand General Tso sauce instead of the sweet and sour and I served it over Jasmine rice. The flavors were amazing!

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  44. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    They sure are Beth! Crockin’ made even easier :)

  45. Beth W.

    I will be giving this a whirl! So proud of your freezer cooking tout! Freezer cooking and crockin’ are the perfect combo!

  46. Anne

    Anne

    Awesome JOB! Making this tomorrow night… Just need to get the Sweet and Sour!

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  47. Crockin Girls

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    Love quinoa…didn’t even think about using it for this. Good idea.

  48. Kim G.

    Have not tried yet, but looks yummy. Have you tried serving quinoa instead of rice? Very tasy and nutritional, just a thought. My family likes it better than rice, this includes my two picky kids.

  49. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    We haven’t subbed chicken for the sausage, but your sure can! Make it the way y’all will like it. I bet it will be yummy! Just be sure and cook longer, so the chicken gets done. 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high depending on how hot your crock cooks.

  50. Was wondering if you had ever used chicken instead of the sausage?? My kiddos do not like sausage so was wondering if you could substitute. Thanks Amy

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