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Slow Cooker Beans

Create an instant hit side dish with these recipes for slow cooker beans, including baked beans, kidney beans, calico beans, pork and beans, beans with bacon and more.

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Slow-Cooked Beans

Slow-Cooked Beans

Slow-Cooked Beans

This flavorful bean dish adds nice variety to any buffet, because it’s a bit different from traditional baked beans. It’s a snap to prepare, too, since it uses convenient canned beans, barbecue sauce and salsa.—Joy Beck, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hearty Pork N Beans

Hearty Pork N Beans

Hearty Pork N Beans

"This sweet chunky mixture tastes great as a main dish with French bread or corn bread," reports Janice Toms, Saline, Louisiana. "It's also a good side dish to serve at a barbecue or potluck."

Apple Sausage Beans

Apple Sausage Beans

Apple Sausage Beans

This is a nice way to jazz up canned beans. When it comes time to serve the beans, whoever was the best helper in the kitchen gets to eat the apple.—Becky Gourley, Sequim, Washington
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Georgian Bay Baked Beans

Georgian Bay Baked Beans

Georgian Bay Baked Beans

My dressed-up baked beans are always a hit at barbecues and potlucks. If you can, prepare them a day ahead: They get even better with time.

Slow-Cooked Bean Medley

Slow-Cooked Bean Medley

Slow-Cooked Bean Medley

I often change the variety of beans in this classic recipe, using whatever I have on hand to total five 15- to 16-ounce cans. The sauce makes any combination delicious! It's a gluten-free side dish that's popular with everyone. —Peggy Gwillim, Strasbourg, Saskatchewan

Slow-Cooked Pork & Beans

Slow-Cooked Pork & Beans

Slow-Cooked Pork & Beans

Bacon adds subtle smokiness to this hearty side dish that’s loaded with flavor. Brown sugar, vinegar and a hint of molasses make the sauce irresistible! —Sue Livermore, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Cowboy Calico Beans

Cowboy Calico Beans

Cowboy Calico Beans

This filling dish is a tradition at the table when my girlfriends and I go up North for a "girl's weekend." The husbands and kids are left at home, but the slow cooker comes with us!—Julie Butsch, Hartland, Wisconsin

Sweet & Spicy Beans

Sweet & Spicy Beans

Sweet & Spicy Beans

My husband and I love this sweet and savory bean dish. It can be enjoyed as a side, but it's also fun for tortilla and corn chip dipping. —Sondra Pope, Mooresville, North Carolina

Pineapple Baked Beans

Pineapple Baked Beans

Pineapple Baked Beans

Sweet and tangy pineapple dresses up these hearty baked beans. Brown the beef while you open cans and chop the vegetables, and it won't take long to get this ready for the slow cooker. —Gladys De Boer, Castleford, Idaho

Brenda's Baked Beans

Brenda's Baked Beans

Brenda's Baked Beans

When I was a kid, my mom made baked beans all the time. Sometimes we'd turn this side into a main dish by adding sliced hot dogs. —Brenda Brooks, Bowie, Maryland

Slow-Simmered Kidney Beans

Slow-Simmered Kidney Beans

Slow-Simmered Kidney Beans

My husband always puts us down for a side dish when we're invited to a potluck. Canned beans cut down on prep time yet get plenty of zip from bacon, apple, red pepper and onion. I like simmering this mixture in the slow cooker because it blends the flavors and I don't have to stand over the stove. —Sheila Vail, Long Beach, California
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