Slow Cooker Bean-Hole Beans

Number of Servings: 6 (308 g)
Active Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 11 hours 45 min.
Slow Cooker Bean Hole Beans

Bean-hole beans are an American tradition dating back to the Native American technique of baking beans with bear fat and maple syrup buried in clay pots under coals. This recipe is designed for the modern day bean hole: the slow cooker. Relying on Guiding Stars-earning chicken sausage for a dose of animal fat and a touch of molasses for sweetness, you can carry on your family’s Saturday tradition with a healthier spin.


  • 1 lb. dried navy or great northern beans
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • ½ lb. Guiding Star-worthy chicken sausage, sliced into disks
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. thyme leaves
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup tomato puree
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Place beans in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak overnight, 8 hours minimum. If you don’t have time to let them stand overnight, boil with a half-gallon of water for 2 minutes and let stand, covered, for 1 hour.
  2. Drain and rinse beans. Place in slow cooker.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sausage. Cook until onions are softened and light golden and sausage is browned on the outside, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and crushed red pepper; cook for 1 minute. Add to the beans.
  4. Add molasses, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and mustard to the beans; stir to combine. Add boiling water and top with bay leaves.
  5. Cover and cook until the beans are tender, about 4 1/2 hours on high or about 11 hours on low. Remove the bay leaves. Season with vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

Serving Size 308 g

Amount per serving
Calories 380
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 360mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 12.5g 46%
Total Sugars 16g
Includes 11g Added Sugars 22%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 35g
Protein 26g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 170.6mg 15%
Iron 6.2mg 35%
Potassium 1260mg 25%
Vitamin A 3.9mcg 0%
Vitamin C 5.7mg 6%
Vitamin E 0.4mg 0%
Vitamin K 6mcg 6%
Thiamin 0.6mg 50%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 15%
Niacin 5.4mg 30%
Vitamin B6 0.7mg 40%
Folate 286.1mcg 72%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 1.3mcg 4%
Chloride 9.2mg 0%
Pantothenate 0.8mg 20%
Phosphorus 478.8mg 40%
Iodine 0.7mcg 0%
Magnesium 194.7mg 45%
Zinc 3.7mg 35%
Selenium 22.8mcg 40%
Copper 0.8mg 90%
Manganese 1.5mg 60%
Chromium 0.1mcg 0%
Molybdenum 1.8mcg 4%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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