Slow Cooker Pork and Beans is a simple and easy recipe that will remind you of the canned version you loved to eat as a kid but healthier!
Slow Cooker Pork and Beans
1 cup dried white beans such as great northern or navy
3½ cups water, divided
2 cups tomatoes (1 lb)
1 medium onion
3 oz salt pork
4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp)
¾ cup tomato paste (6 oz)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 bay leaf
Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 – 12 hours. Drain and rinse. Soaked beans can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 5 days before cooking.
Place beans in a slow cooker and cover with 1½ cups water.
Chop tomatoes, onions, salt pork and garlic and add to the slow cooker.
Add tomato paste, salt, molasses, brown sugar and bay leaf. Stir to combine.
Cook on low for 8-12 hours or until beans are tender. This will depend on bean size and individual slow cooker temperature.
Serve on toast, rice, tortillas or naan, if desired.
4 servings, 375 calories per serving
Hack: Beans can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
This is the best bbq beans recipe ever! It matches a few fresh and simple ingredients with navy beans for a hearty and healthy meal. And clean-up is a snap!
Best BBQ Beans
Calories 425 kcal
- ⅔ cup dried navy beans
- 2 cups water
- 3 oz salt pork, chopped with rind removed
- 1 onion, chopped (1 cup)
- 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (2 tbsp)
- 2 cloves garlic minced (1 tbsp)
- 1 cup chicken bouillon
- 1 cup sweet and spicy barbecue sauce
Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 - 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
Saute salt pork and onions in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until onions are tender (5-7 minutes). Add peppers and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add bouillon and beans to the saucepan. Turn heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until tender, checking occasionally to ensure there is enough water to keep beans from scorching. Add more bouillon, if necessary.
Add barbecue sauce and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
Hack: Freeze leftover portions sealed in serving-sized portions for future use. Allow to thaw completely in the refrigerator before reheating.
Hack: One cup of frozen onions can be substituted for fresh onion in this recipe. Dehydrated onions and/or garlic can also be used.
Hack: One 15 oz. can of navy beans, drained and rinsed can be substituted for the dried beans in this recipe.
Hack: Feel free to use your favorite white bean in this recipe or whatever you have on hand!
Hack: Mix things up by adding your favorite veggies such as bell peppers or carrots.
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Did you know? Navy beans are a member of the legume family. Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and they’re packed with nutrition!!
Suggestion: Serve with jalapeno cheddar cheese cornbread, if desired.
This chicken and bean stew is full of healthy goodness and it’s easy peasy. Toss it in the slow cooker before you leave for work and let it cook dinner for you!
Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Stew
Calories 285 kcal
- ½ cup dried pinto beans
- ½ cup dried navy beans
- 1½ cup vegetable broth
- ½ sweet onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup honey
Place beans in a bowl and cover with water. Cover the bowl and allow to soak overnight.
Place beans in the slow cooker and add vegetable broth. Put chopped onions and green pepper on top of the beans. Add chicken, salt, black pepper, ketchup and honey.
Cook on low for 9 hours.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.
Keyword chicken, crockpot, easy, easy dinner, easy prep, healthy, make ahead, navy beans, pinto beans, quick prep, slow cooker, stew
Did you know? Pinto and navy beans are a member of the legume family. Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and they’re packed with nutrition!!
Want another slow cooker bean recipe? Try this pork and bean one…it’ll remind you of the canned version you loved to eat as a kid!