Cranberry Beans

Garlicky Cranberry Beans in a Slow Cooker

Once you make these garlicky cranberry beans in a slow cooker, you might never go back to canned beans.

Cranberry Beans
Cranberry beans ready for the slow cooker

When I was visiting San Francisco with my husband a while ago, I stocked up on dried beans from Rancho Gordo – they had a table set up among the farmers outside the Ferry Building. (The Ferry Building Market!!! Have you ever been? HEAVEN.) Rancho Gordo had some amazing varieties of beans that I just had to try. They are all about heirloom beans and, truthfully, they just seemed kind of cool. (Check out their packaging below!) Recently, while at my local farmers market, I found cranberry beans here in NC, too. I don’t know how they kind of slipped under my radar for so long. They are delicious. And good for you. 😉

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

My kids love to eat beans, as do I, and I often give them beans right out of a can. But, since making them in your slow cooker is so darn easy, I’m really not sure why I don’t just do it this way every time! When you make these cranberry beans in your slow cooker, you control the flavors and the salt.

Rancho Gordo Beans / cranberry beans in a slow cooker
Rancho Gordo Beans

Making beans in a slow cooker …

Cranberry Beans
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Garlicky Cranberry Beans in a Slow Cooker (No Soaking!)

Super easy and good for you! Make these garlicky cranberry beans in your slow cooker...
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Author Erin Brighton


  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 5 or 6 cloves of garlic , minces
  • 1 pound of dried cranberry beans , rinsed
  • A little salt
  • 4 cups (about) water


  1. Combine everything in a small slow cooker.
  2. Check the water level as you cook - add more water if necessary.
  3. Cook on high for about 5 to 6 hours.


Check the water level as you cook – you might need a little bit more water after the beans have been cooking for a few hours.

You can serve the beans whole or mash them up a bit and make your own not-fried refried beans! After making beans in a slow cooker, you might never go back to canned…

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

18 thoughts on “Garlicky Cranberry Beans in a Slow Cooker”

  1. I just heard about these beans! I would love a big bowl of these cranberry beans. It would be perfect on a cold night 🙂

    1. I couldn’t find the black eyed peas I’m sure I bought, so I cooked up cranberry beans in my slow cooker.

      Marvelous flavor & consistency, just had first bowl. YUMM

  2. Sonia,I’d like to have this for my lunch!This reminds me of the good old days, my mum also prearped dried noodles in smilar way but for the sauce we also added a few drops of sesame oil and personally I like to add tomato sauce as well.

  3. Hello~ I have never even heard of cranberry beans before but saw them at the store and decided to get them. Making this recipe today but I’m going to add shredded chicken to the recipe and use chicken broth instead of the water. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

  4. I tried the simple, easy to make recipe and my wife and daughter LOVED THEM. they came out tasty and tender. We ate the leftovers until they were gone! Perfect! Thanks Erin.

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