Slow Cooker Monday: Sweet & Sour Beans

This week’s Crockpot recipe isn’t the prettiest thing in the world but it tastes better than it looks. I was originally going to make Boston baked beans, but then I came upon a recipe for sweet and sour beans from Taste of Home that caught my eye. Combining sweet and sour flavors naturally makes me think of sweet and sour pork and other meat dishes, but it worked well for the beans too. This is a great side dish you can set aside and let cook while you prepare the main dish.


Slow Cooker Slow and Sour Beans

Adapted from Taste of Home

  • 3 bacon strips
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/3 C packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 C cider vinegar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t ground mustard
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove and let cool slightly on paper towels, then dice. In the meantime, drain majority of bacon drippings, leaving 2 tablespoons in skillet. Cook onion in reserved drippings until tender, then add brown sugar, cider vinegar, salt, ground mustard and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.

In a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker, combine both types of beans with onion mixture and diced bacon. Mix together, cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours (until heated through).

8 Comments on Slow Cooker Monday: Sweet & Sour Beans

  1. LauraT
    April 25, 2011 at 10:38 am (5 years ago)

    yum, I’ve made a cooking light slow cooker recipe for beans that was really tasty. very similar to this one except it had ketchup in it.

  2. All That I'm Eating
    April 26, 2011 at 2:03 am (5 years ago)

    I think it looks delicious. It makes you want to get your fork in and try all the flavours. It sounds lovely.
    All That I’m Eating recently posted Easter Biscuits

  3. Hester Casey - Alchemy
    April 26, 2011 at 5:50 am (5 years ago)

    I’m marking this recipe to try for next Monday – but without the bacon so I can combine Slow Cooker Monday with Meatless Monday :)

  4. daksha
    April 27, 2011 at 2:04 am (5 years ago)

    Stephanie you done this beans beautifully:) looks delicious.

  5. Kelly
    April 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Mmmm I love finding new recipes for my slow cooker and this is no exception! Can’t wait to try this myself, thanks for sharing! Loving your blog :)


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