Slow-Cooked Bean Medley Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Bean Medley Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon 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) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 255 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 942mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 7g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until onion and peppers are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Bean Medley in Taste of Home June/July 2008, p43

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heart4asia User ID: 4883587 243076
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"Very good. Only change I will make next time is cut the brown sugar in half. A little too sweet. Hubby wants me to add polish sausage. This was a great recipe."

CarlaHardenbrook User ID: 8418638 234022
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"For church potluck, I swapped out Lima beans and black-eyed peas for: Mexican corn, (I drained) and a can of chili beans w/garlic, onion & peppers (which I didn't drain). I also didn't add any water. I only used 1 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 med yellow, and med. red pepper instead of the green. I used 1 cup each of cooked, chopped bacon & ham. Next time will try the hamburger. Everyone raved about this dish, so I had to give it 5 stars!"

linda4108 User ID: 7778754 231070
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"Can this recipe be frozen...........I like to make large portions then break it up in small bowls to warm later."

shirleyshirley36 User ID: 7978971 228453
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Very good just the way its written. will deffinately make again."

ButterflyK72 User ID: 2764718 226038
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"I've been making these for years. I add cooked ground beef & I double the sauce (2 cups ketchup, 2 cups brown sugar & 1/4 c of vinegar). Always bring home an empty crockpot :)"

Brenda MH User ID: 4949513 225780
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"I'm surprised that this bean dish got such high reviews, because I thought it was rather bland. I think that maybe substituting barbecue sauce for the ketchup would punch up the flavor, but I won't be making them again. It was an attractive dish, with the color from the peppers and corn, but was really lacking in flavor. Not bad- just bland."

debsteinhoff User ID: 8190357 220873
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"I put ground beef in. It was a big hit"

Juliad0514 User ID: 6926260 140724
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"I'm not sure how I liked this as a side dish, but (as another reviewer suggested) it was great with fritos! i can see how it would be a great hot dog topping as well."

dp2009 User ID: 4532356 172298
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"Excellent change of pace with baked beans."

tamarapearson User ID: 3272516 172297
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"This is absolutely delicious! I have made it many times for cookouts and potlucks. Everyone loves it and asks for the recipe."

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