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Bandito Beans Recipe
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Bandito Beans

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"These baked beans made in the slow cooker are slightly sweet and tangy, with a smoky, meaty flavor that everyone will love. The best part? They're very easy to make."

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 15 mins


  1. Place sausage in a skillet over medium heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain grease, and transfer sausage to a slow cooker.
  2. Into the slow cooker with the sausage, mix wax beans, green beans, lima beans, and black beans. Mix in baked beans with liquid and chili beans with liquid. Stir in the tomato paste, brown sugar, barbeque sauce, green bell pepper, onion, and fennel seed.
  3. Cover slow cooker. Cook on Low at least 5 hours.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 06, 2005

This recipe is very similar to my dad's very popular bean recipe that has been a family favorite for years. What I really liked about this recipe is the unique combination of beans--it makes for an attractive medley of colors and flavor. The peppers are great addition too. (I added a yellow pepper for extra color and flavor as well.) To kick it up another notch, I also added some garlic, dash of ground mustard and used spicy italian sausage instead of pork sausage. (I was worried the italian spice would compete with the BBQ flavors, but it blended perfectly.) Overall, it was great and everyone loved it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 31, 2011

This was NOT a hit at our house. Definitely wish I would have left out the fennel seed. Make sure to leave it out if you do not like black licorice. I think a dish with a lot of these same ingredients could be really good, but not this exact recipe. I ate it, but it definitely was not "love at first bite" which is what I was hoping for.

Dec 15, 2005

Loved it.. used italian turkey sausage instead of pork and halved the fennel seed.. used 1/4 cup of splenda and 2 tablespoons of molasses to subsitute for the brown sugar...Less fat and less calories...

Nov 16, 2007

This recipe is great! Even finicky Hubby loved it. I even left out the brown sugar and it was still yummy. The next day I took the leftovers and added a cup of v8 juice, a cup of water and a can of stewed tomatoes and turned it into a nice bean soup.

Jan 19, 2011

I got this recipe via the "Dinner Spinner" iPhone app and it was a true winner! I made it as written, only changing the brown sugar content to only 1/4 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (had to make them friendly for diabetic loved ones). Fantastic! I was wary of the wax beans and green beans in them, but no - don't leave these out, they really are great! I'll be making these again for sure!

Nov 10, 2008

Oh my goodness. This recipe is FABULOUS!!!! I took it to a church function and everyone raved about it, including my husband. The only thing that I did differently was I cooked it for 12 hours on low and added about a 1/2 cup of water to thin out the sauce a little at the end of the 12 hours. I cooked it this long only because our church dinner was right after morning church so there wasn't enough time to cook it in the morning. I will definitely use it again, no changes at all!!!

Sep 08, 2010

My family loved this dish, and I have plenty of left overs! The only changes I made was reducing the amount of brown sugar to 1/2 cup; however, it was still too much sugar for me.

Apr 07, 2008

These are fantastic! I have made them several times to take to parties. i prepared them just as the recipe says.


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  • Calories
  • 169 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 4.9 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 7.1 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 591 mg
  • 24%

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

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