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Slow-Simmered Kidney Beans Recipe

Slow-Simmered Kidney Beans Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 pound smoked Polish sausage or Johnsonville® Polish Kielbasa Sausage
  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 medium unpeeled red apples, cubed

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Add sausage to drippings; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • 2. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the beans, tomatoes, red peppers, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, honey, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, salt and mustard. Stir in the bacon and sausage. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir in apples. Cover and cook 2 hours longer or until bubbly. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 216 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 664 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.