Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole

Whew! That’s quite a title for a recipe. But if there is any recipe that needs a long, grand title…this would be it!Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole

This Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole is my hubby’s favorite picnic dish.  Anytime there is a picnic coming up and I ask him what we should have?

Without hesitation, this beauty of a dish is his answer.Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole

And really, what’s not to like?

Green beans…baked beans…sausage…bacon.

Every man’s dream, right?foodie

This recipe is from my mom. I remember enjoying it at picnics when I was still at home.  The original recipe calls for making this in a 9×13 pan and baking it in the oven for about 2 hours.  The baked bean casserole turns out deliciously this way.

Over time, however, I shied away from making it too often for a couple of different reasons.

First of all, if it is a hot, summer day, having the oven on for almost two hours is not exactly enjoyable.  Adding extra heat to the house on a 90 degree day isn’t our goal!

Second, I’ve had a few times in the recent past where I forgot to put the casserole in the oven early enough.  The day gets busy and gets away from me…then the casserole has not been done in enough time to have it with our dinner.

For those two main reasons, I decided to try making this in the slow cooker.  My only concern was the bacon that is supposed to lay overtop the casserole. You see, in the oven, it gets all nice and crispy.  I love my bacon crispy.  I was afraid that in the slow cooker, the bacon would be floppy and seem uncooked.

To fix this problem, I bought pre-cooked real bacon bits.  With about an hour left before dinner, I sprinkled these bits-of-bacon on top of the casserole and hoped for the best.

It worked!  We ended up with an amazing Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole that was easy to throw together in the morning and forget about throughout the day.

Well, it was hard to completely forget about it with the savory smell coming from the kitchen.

If you like slow cooker recipes, make this for your next picnic. And take along copies of the recipe…you’ll be asked for it!

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This photo was from our  Memorial Day weekend picnic…Recipes for All-American Potato Salad and Cola Burgers coming soon!

Enjoy!

-Julie

Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: 12 Servings

Throw this Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole together in the morning and forget about it until your picnic. It's a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mild pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 15 oz cans green beans
  • 1 15 oz can baked beans
  • 1 15 oz can pork & beans, undrained
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup real bacon bits

Instructions

Brown the sausage and onion together, then drain. Combine all of the beans, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, soup, paste and mustard in a slow cooker. Add the drained sausage and onions. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours. With one hour left, sprinkle on 3/4 cup bacon bits. Cook remaining time, serve and enjoy!

Notes

An easy way to get more servings out of this is to add more baked beans. It stretches this savory casserole further without affecting the flavor too much!

http://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/2013/05/30/slow-cooker-baked-bean-sausage-casserole/

Do you love bean casseroles? Try this Hillbilly Caviar Bean Dip!

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4 Responses to Slow Cooker Baked Bean Sausage Casserole

  1. Renae says:

    hey there, lizzy t! thanks for great looking recipe, cant wait to try it. just wondering if i bake in oven do i use uncooked bacon strips or cooked? im assuming uncooked thanks in advance : )

    • Lizzy T says:

      Yes! If you are cooking in the oven, then use uncooked bacon strips. It takes about an hour and a half to cook in the oven. Cover it with foil for the first hour and then uncover for the rest of the time! Hope that helps:) It is delicious either way you cook it!

  2. tk says:

    Wondering if something can be substituted for the condensed tomato soup (I assume as it says undiluted) because most condensed soups contain MSG…. Anyone try something different?

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