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Sweet N Sour Beans Recipe

Sweet N Sour Beans Recipe

This recipe is popular on both sides of the border. It came from a friend in Alaska, then traveled with me to old Mexico, where I lived for 5 years, and is now a potluck favorite in my Arkansas community. It's easy to keep the beans warm and serve from a slow cooker. -Barbara Short, Mena, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours YIELD:20 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (28 ounces) baked beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onions in the drippings until tender. Add brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.
  • 2. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine beans and peas. Add onion mixture and bacon; mix well. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until heated through. Yield: 20 servings (1/2 cup each).

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268524
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2017

"The beans are great!! Yum!"

cooksforpleasure User ID: 7174729 78809
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"I made this dish over the weekend for my family and it was a hit! I loved the combination of the bacon and onion, mixed with the beans. The only variations I made was that I used a can of black beans instead of lima beans and I added 1 chopped red bell pepper. I served this as a side dish with BBQ chicken. This will be dish that I will make very often."

JOJOK User ID: 7947429 86938
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"This recipe is a great "comfort" food. I just made a couple minor variations: I used a bag of frozen chopped onions instead of slicing a whole onion , and a bag of frozen baby lima beans instead of the canned. ( I also skipped the black eyed peas). YUMMY!"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 40676
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"I really loved these beans They were fairly easy to make and the recipe makes a lot, this would be great for a gathering!! I used turkey bacon instead of normal bacon (it's what I had on hand) and they were delicious!"

lhtm1964 User ID: 5710828 58767
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"This is a great recipe. However, since our family is trying to go plant-based, the bacon was out. Instead I sauteed the onions in 2 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp braggs liquid aminos (or soy sauce), about 2 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp paprica and liquid smoke to taste - I guess I prob used a little more than a tbsp. It was still awesome"

tstreich User ID: 1042559 43152
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"We love this recipe! I substitute Butter Beans and Black Beans for the Lima Beans and Black-eyed peas. The flavors are great, not too tangy and not too sweet. I've made them many times after the first for family get togethers."

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