Red Beans and Barley W/ Ham Slow Cooker Stew

"Nice Spicy and easy slow cooker recipe. Great for diabetics who can't have white rice."
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Ready In:
8hrs 15mins
2 quarts




  • Toss it in the crock pot all day. Cook 4 -5 on high and then drop it down another 4 at least on low.
  • Take out the bay leaves and the chile peppers. It’s better a day or two later.

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  1. I like the idea of barley and beans but didn't really care for this dish. The bay leaf was overwhelming but otherwise it seemed lacking in flavour. I served it with salsa to add a bit more flavour.
  2. Lovely alternative to red beans and rice! I don't have cajun seasoning, but according to the www its a mix of predominantly salt, with some cayenne, thyme, sweet basil, and chili powder. I added no salt to the recipe, and added a few shakes of each to the pot. Came out great - will be making this one again as a standard for leftover easter ham.
  3. This was a good, one-pot meal. I especially liked the flavour of the cajun spice in the mix. I left out hte chili peppers (and probably should have left them in). I found, however, that it lacked something in the flavour. Next time maybe I'll add some tomatoes. It is very filling and a great dinner for diabetics.
  4. This is truly excellent. I made it this morning using the ham bone left over from Easter. I used pearl barley, a mix of different colors and sizes of red beans, omitted the celery (upping the green pepper a bit). I used more cajun seasoning and left off the hot pepper. My chicken broth was homemade that pulled from the freezer. This made a fabulous meal. It smelled wonderful and had tremendous flavor. For the first four or five hours I didn't think it would thicken up enough but it worked out well. We found it flavorful but not very spicy (which, with young children, was what I was going for) and loved it served with some cornbread. I was hoping that it would make enough to freeze half for later but we enjoyed it so much that there was only enough left for about three servings so it will be lunches. Thanks for such a keeper!



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