Beans and Bacon (Slow Cooker)

Beans and Bacon

This slow cooked beans and bacon recipe is a variation of Spicy Western Beans.  It came about when I didn’t have all the right ingredients for that recipe, and it turned out great.

My kids usually do not like lentils at all, but they never notice them in this type of dish.  Everyone enjoyed this, and this a great meal to warm you up on a cold winter afternoon or evening.  That’s why I’m sharing it for this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free carnival.  It’s being hosted by Alta of  Tasty Eats at Home, and the theme is comfort foods.

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Beans and Bacon (Slow Cooker)
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • ⅓ cup lentils
  • 12 strips bacon, fried and cut in pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can small red beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Boil the lentils in 1⅓ cups water for 20-30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Cook the bacon and cut in pieces.
  3. Chop the onion and sauté until tender. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and serve.


About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. I can not read your blog from the email – it just goes back to my inbox. I have to go your address and get there from there.

    • Diane, it sounds like it’s a problem with your email. Try going into the settings and making sure that mail from my address (glutenfreehomemaker @ is allowed. Email me directly if that doesn’t work.

    • Linda, do you drain your canned beans before putting them in the slow cooker? I made a batch of this this morning and it seemed like a lot of liquid so I thickened it with stirring arrowroot powder with a little water while in the slow cooker. It tastes great!

      • Good question, Linda. I should have included that in the instructions. I’m sorry. I drain and rinse the beans before using them. I guess it’s such a habit for me that I forgot to add it.

  2. Sadly, Mr. GFE doesn’t go for this type of bean-heavy meal, but I love such dishes! Nice to slip in those lentils, too. 😉 I need to make this for my support group members, so I can enjoy it again. :-)


    • Actually, I’m not terribly fond of beans, but I do really enjoy them occasionally. Making it for your support group is a great idea. Or make a batch and freeze in lunch size portions.

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