Smoky Bean Stew Recipe
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Smoky Bean Stew Recipe

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Glenda Holmes of Riley, Kansas gets this satisfying sausage-and-bean stew started in the slow cooker, then spends the afternoon curled up with a good book. "It's an effortless meal that tastes great," she relates.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature smoked sausage links
  • 1 can (16 ounces) baked beans
  • 2 cups frozen cut green beans
  • 2 cups frozen lima beans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 363 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 1057mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 7g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Smoky Bean Stew in Quick Cooking September/October 2004, p17

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wgball User ID: 4021822 72870
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"I made this on the stove instead of crockpot and it cooked up quickly. The smoky links come in 14 ounce packages, not 16 anymore. Since my family are meat eaters, I used 2 (14 ounce) packages of Eckrich smoky links and it was good. It still tasted like baked beans to us, good, but the sweetness still was reminder that it was baked beans."

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 138405
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"This has potential ... unfortunately, I used Oscar Mayer Mini Smokies, but they don't taste anything like the smoky links I remember from years ago; they are very bland and didn't really add anything to this dish. If I can find a more flavorful sausage, this would probably be much better. Also, the cooking time given is way too long; the sausages were shriveled up and the baked beans were starting to dissolve. I think 4-5 hours on Low (as opposed to High) would be plenty. I will definitely try this again, though."

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