Boston Beans

Submitted by Jessica Dowdy

Boston Beans

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Serving: 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes


  • Boston Beans
  • 400g speck
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can butter beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can borlitto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp chicken stock powder
  • 2 tsp tobassco sauce
  • Cracked pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup parsley


  • Finely dice speck and onion. Brown in pan. You must do this to achieve a smokey flavour. Don't skip the browning. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Cook for 4 hrs on high ideally. Add chopped parsley before serving and stir through.
  • Many other recipes call for maple syrup or treacle as well as brown sugar but I think this is sweet enough.
  • Freezer suitable.
  • Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Could use rehydrated dried beans in substitution for the canned ones. This would be a lot cheaper.
  • Could make vegetarian by substituting a little liquid smoke for the speck.

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