Brown sausage and drain. Add all ingredients except green beans. Mix thoroughly and simmer for 15 minutes. Add green beans and mix. Bake at 250 degrees in a covered casserole for 30 minutes to 2 hours; or in a slow cooker on low up to 3 hours.
In a slow cooker, mix together all ingredients except for the rice and shrimp.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, or 3 to 4 hours on high. Halfway through cooking, add the rice. 40 minutes before serving, stir in the shrimp. Continue to cook for the remaining 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the shrimp and has turned pink, then before serving remove bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with slices of lime, and add Tabasco sauce if desired.