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: 166 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 7g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 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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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 248797
Reviewed May. 29, 2016

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

shirfra User ID: 5143343 248569
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."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 244208
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."

jeribitney User ID: 4042223 227309
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."

ferni User ID: 3347950 227022
Reviewed May. 27, 2015


mspack98 User ID: 4078977 226521
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."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 26495
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!!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 26140
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."

marjie53 User ID: 1468141 26492
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."

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 26487
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Yummy. Great to bring to a potluck."

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