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Sweet & Spicy Beans Recipe
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Sweet & Spicy Beans Recipe

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My husband and I love this sweet and savory bean dish. It can be enjoyed as a side, but it's also fun for tortilla and corn chip dipping. —Sondra Pope, Mooresville, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Chopped green onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup equals 201 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Top with green onions if desired. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).
Originally published as Sweet & Spicy Beans in Taste of Home September/October 2013

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Reviewed Apr. 25, 2015

"I made this for a family work party. It was a hit. Even my kids loved it. The flavor depends a lot on the BBC sauce, which I make my own. I have made this several times since. A very nice side dish. Not overly sweet. Taste really good hot it cold."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"Made this for a potluck. Very tasty. I would make this again for a crowd. I think kids will like the sweetness (but it's not overly sweet)."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"Made this for a side dish at a family gathering. The dish went over well. Hubby loved it. Made 1 small change with the addition of a bit of crumbled cooked bacon because, well, everything is better with bacon!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"Easy recipe to make in the morning and come home too. Had a nice kick of spicy to go along with the sweet. Not a dish I would love to have over and over again, but definitely a good dish to make, especially in cold weather."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"Love this recipe, have made it three times, each a little different and can't screw it up. Used Amy's Southwest Medium hot Chili and that was to spicy for my Wife. Tried a can of refrieds instead of chili and she liked that better. Tried using a hot BBQ sauce and molasses (instead of brown sugar), this batch I dehydrated two portions with brown rice and took on a backpacking trip last week and the beans came back fine and I had a delicious lunch. - Mesa AZ"

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