Slow Cooker Calico Beans

2015-09-03
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  • Yield : 12 cups
  • Servings : 8-10
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 6:0 h
  • Ready In : 6:0 h

An interesting mix of beans gives texture and color while they swim in a homemade sauce that is sweet, tangy with just the right amount of spice. If you like a lot of sauce with your beans, double all of the sauce ingredients.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2# bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper, optional
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup prepared ketchup
  • 1/2 cup deli mustard
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 TB cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TB freshly grated horseradish, optional
  • 1 TB dry mustard
  • 1-1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1-15 oz can dark red kidney beans
  • 2-16 oz cans pinto beans
  • 1-16 oz can light red kidney beans
  • 1-16 oz can navy beans
  • 1-16 oz can butter beans
  • 1-15.5 oz can cannellini beans
  • 1-16 oz can garbanzo beans

Method

Step 1

Saute the bacon in a large skillet set over medium high heat. Once the bacon has crisped and rendered off it's fat, remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.

Step 2

Pour off all but 2 TB of grease.

Step 3

Add onion and green pepper and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, sugar, vinegar, salt, and horseradish. Once mixture is smooth, stir in dry mustard, and paprika.

Step 5

Drain and rinse all of the beans. Dump them into the crock of a large slow cooker.

Step 6

Pour sauce over top. Give a good stir to incorporate sauce. Pour 2 cups water over top. Cover.

Step 7

Cook on High setting for 6 hours. At about the 4 hour mark, check to see if the beans are moist enough. If they look dry or the sauce appears too thick, add another cup to 2 cups of water. After 6 hours, remove lid and cook for 1 hour to reduce any excess liquid from beans. The bean's sauce will become thick and rich. If the sauce looks broken or thin, it hasn't cooked long enough.

Step 8

Store leftovers in a covered container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

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