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Partytime Beans Recipe

Partytime Beans Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

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.

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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


Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"I made these several times, they always went over well. Easy to make and good for you! The men really liked them, I didnt use the peppers as hubby hates peppers......I added about 1/4 c of brown sugar....AMAZING."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"There's only one word for these beans--AWESOME!!! Big, big hit with the guys, the vegetarians and pretty much everyone else. Thank you Jean Cantner!!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"We were underwhelmed with this recipe. We didn't like the green pepper and weren't thrilled with the black-eyed peas. I added another 1/2 cup of sugar to try to cut some of the vinegar taste. Apparently we're in the minority since most other reviewers loved these beans."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"These beans were delicious and a hit at the potluck I took them to. I will definitely make this recipe again and again."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Yummy. Great to bring to a potluck."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"So easy & great at a party....We are going to a fish fry tomorrow...I needed to bring bake beans...My friend doesn't eat pork...Looking for a fill-in...this is it !!!! Thanks it is wonderful I know everyone will love it.... :)"

Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"Yummmm - wonderful. My high-end food store didn't sell canned lima beans, so I substituted chili beans, added another can of blackeyed peas & omitted the red & green bell peppers, but put in a red bell pepper seasoning. I followed some cook's advice by adding the turkey bacon."

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"Very easy to make and an excellent potluck item."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

"I will definitely be making this again. It was so simple and tasted soooo good. I even had requests for the recipe as I served it at a community gathering.

One thing that I did different than the recipe was to add 1 lb. of cooked and crumbled turkey bacon. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009

"I made this for a party and got a lot of compliments, especially from the vegetarians."

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