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Partytime Beans

A friend brought this colorful bean dish to my house for a church circle potluck dinner. As soon as I tasted the slightly sweet slow-cooked beans, I had to have the recipe. I've served the beans and shared the recipe many times since. —Jean Cantner, Boston, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings (1/2 cup each)


  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Stir in the beans and peas. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until onion and peppers are tender. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 166 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 7g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Jerry
    Aug 30, 2020

    I steam pressure cooker can this recipe (cold packed) so that I always have them ready when needed/wanted. I’ve made this recipe three times now with several different variations and they always come out GREAT. They’re great warm or cold. I did take another’s advice and cut the amount of brown sugar in half: the beans were still plenty sweet. I add an extra tablespoon of cider vinegar for a subtle sweet/sour taste. I use Dijon horseradish mustard instead of the ground mustard – a healthy tablespoon. In my last batch, I added a 4oz can of diced chilis, drained. It gave it a nice, subtle kick.

  • Sherry
    Jul 25, 2019

    Awesome flavor! I used 5 cans of beans I already had, black and kidney beans but the sauce makes the dish. I drained the beans and chopped the veggies last night. Put it all together this morning and enjoyed it for lunch. I've been looking for a veg option to baked beans and this recipe did not disappoint! I will be trying it with prepared dried beans and doubling the recipe soon.

  • cindiak
    Jun 13, 2019

    I've been making a recipe similar to this for several years and it's always gotten rave reviews. I'm always asked to bring it to potlucks and picnics.

  • Marcy
    Jan 1, 2019

    I have been making this recipe for 40 years from a family recipe. The leftovers rarely last long. I am single now and will only make it for potlucks and I always double the recipe. The sweetness can be overwhelming so I cut the sugar to prevent this. I also use a large can of baked beans and switch up the other beans as well as add about 1/2 # cooked bacon. You can double the recipe just by using 2 cans each of other beans without doubling the sauce. And a last suggestion, cook for an hour in the oven as cooking in a slow cooker dries out the casserole. When I started cooking these beans, there were no crock pots.

  • tamarapearson
    Dec 16, 2018

    I’ve made these many times and everyone raves about them. Truly great recipe.

  • Kat3280
    Jan 25, 2018

    The first time I made this it was good but missing something. The next time I added one pound of Italian bulk sausage, fried and crumbled , and one pound of bacon also fried and crumbled. Also a few good dashes of liquid smoke. Delicious!!

  • abbasgael
    Sep 1, 2017

    A meatless dish, loaded with beans? I couldn't wait to try this! And I'm still kicking myself for not reducing the amount of brown sugar the recipe calls for. WAY too sweet. I might try these again sometime, but with half the sugar.

  • DeboraLZ
    Jul 8, 2017

    We love this, hot or cold. It is great to take camping because you don't have to heat it up and it is so easy to make in advance while you are busy with everything else.

  • justmbeth
    May 29, 2016

    I was disappointed in these beans after reading all the good reviews. There were nothing special, a bit bland.

  • shirfra
    May 24, 2016

    I use butter beans, pork 'n beans and garbanzo beans instead of black eyed peas and black beans, also use 1 lb. ground beef and sometimes even small sliced pepperoni. Best pot luck dinner ever. Good with rye bread.