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Monday, June 29, 2015

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Lately I've talked a fair deal about grilling, cold cocktails, and frozen treats as ways that I like to beat the heat during the hot summer months, but I also like to take advantage of my slow cooker(s). It's great to have that comforting scent of food cooking without melting every time you walk into the kitchen. So, when my friend Leslie suggested that we plug in our slow cookers for this month's edition of she made, ella hace, I thought that was a brilliant idea.

Last week I shared Apple Barbecue Grilled Ribs and Old Fashioned Creamy Potato Salad recipes that were both part of the same meal. Well, guess what else went along with that meal? You guessed it—baked beans. While the ribs were parbaking in the oven and the potatoes were cooling, I poured a few different kinds of canned beans into my slow cooker, along with some smoky bacon, some veggies, and some classic baked bean flavorings like ketchup, molasses, vinegar, mustard and more.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans
The results were so incredibly delicious! They actually cooked up really quickly—just 2 hours on high. And I loved the way they looked with three different types of beans (black beans, cannellini beans, and large butter beans); you could use any combination you like...or use all one kind.

So, the next time you're craving baked beans, or heading to a potluck bbq or picnic, plug in your slow cooker and keep your kitchen cool while you're getting ready to go. I bet they'd go great with Leslie's Beef Shank Barbacoa (from the slow cooker!), too!

Slow Cooker Baked Beans
This simple slow cooker baked beans recipe starts with canned beans, but results in sweet and tangy baked beans that are laced with smoky bacon. Add this essential side dish to your next cook-out, bbq, or potluck!
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Slow Cooker Baked Beans
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours (LOW) or 4 hours (HIGH)
Keywords: slow-cooker side dairy-free nut-free soy-free beans molasses July 4th Fathers Day American

Ingredients (serves 8-10)
  • 8 ounces bacon, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 (15.5 ounce) cans beans (white, pink, black, red, or a mix), drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • big pinch of ground cloves
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Cook diced bacon in a medium skillet until crisp, lift out with a slotted spoon and transfer to the base of a slow cooker, leaving as much fat behind as possible. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease and set back over the heat. Add bell pepper and onion to fat and saute until they just start to turn tender, ~5 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon and transfer to the base of the slow cooker.

Add beans to the slow cooker. Whisk remaining ingredients together, then add that mixture to the slow cooker as well, stirring everything around a bit to combine.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or LOW for 4-5 hours.
Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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What happens when two American girls who are both married to Mexican guys find out that although one of them lives in the U.S. and one of them lives in Mexico, they both love eating the same food?  Well, naturally they decide to get "together" the only way they can and cook up the same dishes.  Or perhaps take the same ingredients and talking about them in their own voice or using them in their own way.

Leslie and I have teamed up to occasionally cook/bake/make a our own versions of the same food.  We want to see how similar (or how different) they turn out.  Other times we will pick an ingredient and use it however we choose...or maybe just talk about it.  Good food knows no borders and we hope to share the food we love with you.  It's not a competition, it's a showcase.  We will post on the same day as each other and would love to hear your thoughts on what we've made and how you make it. 

Join me (here at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen) and Leslie in her kitchen (at La Cocina de Leslie) for some delicious food.