Slow-Cooker Three Bean Casserole

May 19, 2015
Slow-Cooker Three Bean Casserole - You know you have a winning recipe when it shows up again and again, no matter where you are or what the occasion.

Do you have a signature dish?

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Is it the stuffing at Thanksgiving?   Or the corn casserole everyone hopes you'll be carrying as you walk through the door?   Maybe it's the rub coating the ribeye that's about to go on the grill?   Or the sweet treat you've slowly perfected over the years?

It's the dish you feel confident preparing & serving .. no matter what.  You know its nuances .. how it should taste .. the recipe eternally committed to memory .. confident it will bring a smile from anyone whose lips it will cross

It seems a cooking blog isn't complete .. without sharing a favorite family recipe .. the beans finding their way onto the menu for this month's Spaghetti Saturday.   Admittedly .. this was our first time breaking from tradition.

With summer nearly upon us .. we couldn't help but want to grill instead.  The Chef cooked burgers and kabobs .. these beans simmering in the slow-cooker .. and everybody brought a host of wonderful salads.  Of course there was also ..

dessert

Slow-Cooker Three Bean Casserole - You know you have a winning recipe when it shows up again and again, no matter where you are or what the occasion.

The beans .. one of 2 signature dishes I've perfected in my 40+ years

My 20s were marked by Cheesy Potatoes .. hands down the best I've ever had .. I'd probably never have branched out it but for a chance conversation .. 2 businessmen at a lunch table close to mine

“What'd she bring to dinner?”

“Cheesy potatoes”

“Dude .. women who can't cook ALWAYS bring cheesy potatoes!”

I haven't made them since.

Which .. as fate would have it ..

has turned out to be a very fine thing

Slow-Cooker Three Bean Casserole - You know you have a winning recipe when it shows up again and again, no matter where you are or what the occasion.

This recipe was happened upon from an old church cookbook .. the pastor's wife giving credit to Betty Crocker.   In the description she added “You know you have a winning recipe when it shows up again and again .. no matter where you are or what the occasion”

It seems she was onto something

One can't help but wonder .. all of the small-town Iowa church potlucks the beans had been served at .. no doubt on a styrofoam plate .. next to potato salad & a white-bunned sandwich

Betty Crocker says one can make them in the oven .. or the crockpot.  The crockpot method is best .. it really is.

Though they taste great the first day .. let them wait over night .. promise (?) .. you won't regret it.

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps: For other recipes and stories from Spaghetti Saturday .. here

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~ Adapted from Sugar ‘N Spice (United Methodist Church Estherville, Iowa) .. who originally adapted the recipe from Betty Crocker

Slow-Cooker Three Bean Casserole
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¾ lb bulk pork sausage (** or homemade sausage)
  • ¾ lb ground beef
  • 1 pound little smokies
  • 2 medium stalks celery, sliced (~ 1 cup)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (~ ½ cup)
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cans (21 oz each) baked beans (any variety)
  • 1 can (15 oz) lima or butter beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained
  • 2 c ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp ground mustard
  • 4 Tbsp honey or (** organic packed brown sugar)
  • 4 Tbsp white or cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp red pepper sauce (** more to taste)
  • salt & pepper (** to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a 10 inch skillet, add the sausage, ground beef, celery, onion, and garlic and cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a a 3½ - 6 quart slow cooker, combine the meat mixture and remaining ingredients. Cover & cook on low heat setting 5-6 hours
  3. Turn off the slow-cooker, let it's contents cool, and transfer to the refrigerator (the flavors really meld over-night)
  4. The next day cook in the slow-cooker, on low heat setting, another 2 hours
  5. Serve & Enjoy!
Notes
Nutritional Data by %:
% Protein: 22
% Carbs: 45
% Fat: 33
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 350 Fat: 13.17 Carbohydrates: 39.82 Sugar: 12.88 Protein: 19.42

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  • Reply Elva Roberts April 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    This recipe sounds like a winner and I have already saved it to my favorites. I do not know which casserole to start with! What a problem! Thank you so much for this delicious looking and tasting recipe.

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