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Sweet and Sour Beans Recipe

Sweet and Sour Beans

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"A co-workers wife gave me this recipe and it is one of my favorites. This four bean dish is perfectly seasoned, and makes a wonderful side dish."

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Original recipe makes 10 to 12 servings Change Servings


  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon fat.
  2. Add onions to fat in pan, and saute until soft. Stir in garlic powder, dry mustard, wine vinegar, and brown sugar. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large pot or slow cooker combine bacon and onion mixture with the kidney beans, lima beans, butter beans, and baked beans. Mix together, and simmer for 70 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 20, 2002

This is one of my favorite side dishes of all time! It works well in a slow cooker, too.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 31, 2013

I was just browsing through my recipes & found this. I made it years ago & I guess I saved it so I could rate it - to be sure I didn't make it again. I made this thinking it'd be a big hit (with all the good reviews), but no one liked it. A bunch of sweet & sour bean lovers I guess we aren't. This was too vinegary for me. Anyone trying it for the first time should hold back I think. Sorry I didn't like this one.

Jan 24, 2012

Absolutely delicious! I think this recipe definitely needs some well deserved attention. I ended up keeping them in the crock pot on low for 8 hours, because I didn't read ahead and planned on making it while I was at work. There was the perfect blend of sweet from the brown sugar and sour from the vinegar. I was a bit worried about the lima beans, but they ended up turning out as a creamy delicious bean. I paired it with coleslaw and hot dogs and the guys loved it. These will definitely be made again in our house! Thanks for sharing!

Feb 07, 2011

I've made a nearly-identical version of this since the 70's and I love it! Everyone seems to. My version doesn't have kidney beans and only calls for 10 slices of bacon. It's still the same...thanks for reminding me of this favorite!

May 05, 2010

This is so delicious - i couldn't stop "testing" it before that 70 mins was up

Jan 08, 2009

I love beans, and I love sweet and sour, so I knew this recipe would be good. After I mixed all of the items, I put them in a casserole dish and baked them for a little more than an hour. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 30, 2007

Excellent!!! As a male my wife would prefer I not eat beans. "understandable" These tasted great and did not upset my tummy at all. She ask me to fix them again soon.

Jun 24, 2009

My mother in law makes a recipe similar to this. I've not asked her for her recipe yet, so this was a great stand in. My husband thinks there is a little too much vinegar, but overall it gets raves when I serve it.


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  • Calories
  • 440 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.4 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 19.2 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 9.1 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 960 mg
  • 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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