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Sweet N Sour Beans

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
  • Makes
    20 servings (1/2 cup each)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup equals 210 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 529 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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  • Karen
    Jun 24, 2020

    One of the BEST side bean receipts I've ever tried and really easy to make....did it just as the receipt called for and wouldn't change a thing...SUPER

  • moodywench9094
    Mar 18, 2020

    I’ve made this many times and love it! MAKE IT TODAY!

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 26, 2017

    The beans are great!! Yum!

  • habenaroman
    Aug 24, 2016

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  • cooksforpleasure
    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.

    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • tgodfrey
    Aug 9, 2010

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