Place the ground sausage in a skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Work the sausage with a wooden spoon as it cooks to make small pieces. Turn off the heat and drain the grease.
Place the drained meat into a slow cooker.
Add the rest of the ingredients. Optional: mix.
Place the lid on. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-5 hours. Remove the lid.