Slow Cooker Peach Bacon Baked BeansEstimated Cost:  $8.00

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Slow Cooker Time:  3 hours

Serves:  8

Always a crowd pleaser, this slow cooker recipe defines “ease in the kitchen”.  As the flavors meld in the crock pot culinary magic happens.  Although I prefer it with the bacon, I’ve prepared this a number of times, sans pork, and it is still delicious.

6 slices bacon, diced
2 cans (15.5 oz.) dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (15.5 oz.) red beans, drained and rinsed
2 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced OR 1 bag (16 oz.) sliced frozen peaches, thawed
1 cup sweet onion, diced
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/2 cup peach preserves
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried mustard
3/4 tsp. salt

1. In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.

2. Combine kidney beans, red beans, peaches, onion and cooked bacon in your slow cooker.

3. In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, preserves, molasses, vinegar, chili powder, dried mustard and salt. Pour over bean mixture in crock, and stir well.

4. Cook on HIGH heat setting for 3 hours.

Mike’s comments:

These slow cooker beans are perfect for company potlucks. Just find an electric outlet for your slow cooker and 3 hours before lunch, fire these babies up. The wonderful aroma that spreads as they cook will attract folks from all neighboring departments!

Original Recipe Source: Family Circle Food & Recipes