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Sweet & Spicy Beans

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 (2/3 cup each)


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 201 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 7g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • brenda5736
    Dec 14, 2016

    So easy and so good! I didn't have kidney beans so I used pinto and it was awesome. Kidney beans are not one of my favorite beans.

  • JenandBry
    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.

  • LazyCook23
    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).

  • gail ann
    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!

  • tiffanykorn
    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.

  • Bgb85215
    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

  • mhickieaz
    Sep 6, 2013

    This was so easy and has a flavorful zip and sweet. I did not use this as a side dish, but served as the entrée with cornbread and a side salad. Live in Phoenix and made on a day when it was 108 and cannot wait to serve on a cooler day for a football game day.

  • rwippel
    Sep 3, 2013

    I would rate these beans at 3.5 stars. It was super easy to throw together. I used the vegetarian version of chili with beans. They weren't my favorite baked beans; however, it was nice having such a stress free side dish.

  • Vectormom
    Aug 21, 2013

    It's the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. My entire family loved it! Enjoyed the rest for lunch today.

  • ekmolstad
    Aug 12, 2013

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