Total TimePrep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
Makes16 servings (1/2 cup each)
- 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
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1/2 cup: 166 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 7g fiber), 6g protein.
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Jan 1, 2019
I have been making this recipe for 40 years from a family recipe. The leftovers rarely last long. I am single now and will only make it for potlucks and I always double the recipe. The sweetness can be overwhelming so I cut the sugar to prevent this. I also use a large can of baked beans and switch up the other beans as well as add about 1/2 # cooked bacon. You can double the recipe just by using 2 cans each of other beans without doubling the sauce. And a last suggestion, cook for an hour in the oven as cooking in a slow cooker dries out the casserole. When I started cooking these beans, there were no crock pots.
Dec 16, 2018
I’ve made these many times and everyone raves about them. Truly great recipe.
Jan 25, 2018
The first time I made this it was good but missing something. The next time I added one pound of Italian bulk sausage, fried and crumbled , and one pound of bacon also fried and crumbled. Also a few good dashes of liquid smoke. Delicious!!
Sep 1, 2017
A meatless dish, loaded with beans? I couldn't wait to try this! And I'm still kicking myself for not reducing the amount of brown sugar the recipe calls for. WAY too sweet. I might try these again sometime, but with half the sugar.
Jul 8, 2017
We love this, hot or cold. It is great to take camping because you don't have to heat it up and it is so easy to make in advance while you are busy with everything else.
May 29, 2016
I was disappointed in these beans after reading all the good reviews. There were nothing special, a bit bland.
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.
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.
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 peppers....red and orange, not green.
May 27, 2015