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Smoky Bean Stew

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours


6-8 servings

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.


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • bunny99
    May 7, 2018

    I didn't add the carrots as I didn't have any on hand like I thought I did. :) Otherwise, I stayed true to the recipe and the whole family enjoyed it.

  • wgball
    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
    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.

  • nancybarth
    Jun 8, 2013

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  • mfuller
    Feb 16, 2008

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