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Slow-Simmered Kidney Beans

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 you 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
  • Makes
    16 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 pound smoked Polish sausage or kielbasa, sliced
  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a 6-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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 216 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 664mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • A
    Dec 7, 2020

    Really delicious. I almost want to deduct a start due to so many ingredients to create this dish. It's a bit daunting when you consider you have a lot of shopping and prep work ahead of you to prepare this. But it's delicious and as others have already said, it makes your home smell incredible.

  • T
    Apr 10, 2019

    Made this ,added green peppers and garlic with vegetables and sautéed them in sausage drippings for five minutes. Other than this , followed recipe. It was easy, the house smelled like good food, taste delicious! Keeper.

  • fhquilting
    Mar 15, 2018

    very good!! I added 8-oz undrained can pineapple tidbits and 3-4 Tbsp of cider vinegar.

  • marla3206
    Feb 6, 2016

    This is always a hit. I've been asked to specifically bring these beans to parties.I do not add the apples.

  • twinkle8o3
    Aug 3, 2009

    It was good. I might make it again. It smelled great while it was cooking. I got quite a few compliments. I'm not jumping out of my seat over this recipe, but it was okay overall.

  • early4131
    Feb 25, 2008

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