Partytime Beans Recipe
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Partytime Beans Recipe

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A friend brought this colorful bean dish to my house for a church circle potluck dinner. As soon as I tasted the slightly sweet slow-cooked beans, I had to have the recipe. I've served the beans and shared the recipe many times since. —Jean Cantner, Boston, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 166 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 528 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 2 starch.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Stir in the beans and peas. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until onion and peppers are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 16 servings (1/2 cup each).
Originally published as Partytime Beans in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p27

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Reviewed May. 29, 2016

"I was disappointed in these beans after reading all the good reviews. There were nothing special, a bit bland."

Reviewed May. 24, 2016

"I use butter beans, pork 'n beans and garbanzo beans instead of black eyed peas and black beans, also use 1 lb. ground beef and sometimes even small sliced pepperoni. Best pot luck dinner ever. Good with rye bread."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"I made this for a healthy cooking slow cooker demo at work. I actually had someone compliment on how the beans didn't need any meat. I did have to sub out white kidney beans for butter beans, but this dish was so colorful and it versatile you can really use any bean you have in the cupboard."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"We loved it! My husband makes a lot of chili and I'm really not a fan, but when I made these beans all talk of chili ceased. We dropped off leftovers at a neighbors' house on our way to vacation and that evening received an email that they loved them, too. We will make these over and over, changing only the and orange, not green."

Reviewed May. 27, 2015


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