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Slow Cooker Greek Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Greek Baked Beans

Delicious, comforting, easy and budget-friendly, these Greek baked beans are made in the slow cooker for convenience! Set it and forget it.

slow cooker greek baked beans in two white bowls blue napkin bread and spoons background

If you’ve never had Greek baked beans before, you’re in for a treat.

I first discovered this dish on our honeymoon in Greece – it was actually the meal I had when we touched down in Athens. They were the best beans I’d ever tasted and I knew I had to recreate this recipe when we got back.

This recipe is different in that the beans are not really baked, they’re slow cooked in the Crockpot. I love the ease of set-it-and-forget-it meals and this is one of those.

In the morning, add your ingredients, turn on the slow cooker, and voila, dinner is ready by evening.

This dish is satisfying yet not heavy, the beans are like butter by the time they’re fully cooked. The tomatoes and herbs provide a brightness and acidity. And the feta cheese gives it some richness and creamy texture. Serve with freshly baked bread and you’ve got a meal!

This dish is everything:

  • Easy and quick to make
  • Minimal clean-up
  • Easy on the wallet
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Filling
  • Packed with plant-based protein
  • Flavorful
  • Takes you back to Greece

Ingredients You’ll Need

list of slow cooker greek baked beans ingredients white counter tomatoes gigantes beans bay leaves garlic

Notes on Ingredients

Gigantes beans: Unfortunately you can’t easily find these in the grocery store so I ordered them on Amazon. Alternatively, you can use lima beans as a substitute, which you can easily find in the store. No matter, which beans you choose be sure to soak them overnight before cooking.

Celery, onion, and garlic: Provide aromatics to the dish

Tomatoes: Look for canned crushed tomatoes – gives the dish acidity 

Greek olive oil: Since this dish is Greek, I like to use Greek olive oil but if you just have regular olive oil at home, that’s fine to use too. Greek olive oil tends to compliment the flavor of dishes versus driving the flavor like an Italian olive oil.

Oregano and Thyme: I used dried herbs. These are going to add a bright Mediterranean flavor to the dish.

Bay leaves: Add another layer of flavor to compliment the oregano and thyme

Salt: Not pictured above but important to enhance the flavors

Feta Cheese: Optional but you’re gonna want it on top – trust me

Also, can we just talk about how budget-friendly this meal is?! This breakdown assumes that you already have olive oil and spices (oregano, thyme and bay leaves) at home.

1 pound dry beans $1.44

Crushed tomatoes $1.77

Onions $2.58

Celery $1.99

Garlic $0.50

Total: $8.28 for 8 servings. That’s $1.04 per serving!

And even if we added olive oil and spices to that equation, it still would be under $3/serving.

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How to Make Greek Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

Step 1: Soak the beans overnight.

Step 2: Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker.

Step 3: Stir ingredients together and set slow cooker to low. Cook until beans are tender, about 7-8 hours. 

Told you this was easy ;).

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Expert Tip

Soak your beans overnight! I’ve tried not soaking them overnight or doing a quick soak and they never come out as consistently tender as when I soak them overnight.

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Recipe FAQs

What are gigante beans?

Gigante beans, translated to “giant beans”, are a staple in Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. They are flatter and wider than most beans which make them more aesthetically pleasing and they are creamier and hold their shape better than other types of beans.

Are gigante beans the same as butter beans?

Butter beans are also known as lima beans and so these are not the same as gigantes beans but make a fine substitute if you can’t get your hands on gigantes!

Is it normal for the skin on your beans to shrivel, and for lots of beans split/break when you soak them? 

Yes! I found this especially to be true for lima beans but I didn’t notice splitting/breaking as much with the gigantes.

Where do you find gigantes beans?

I found mine on Amazon but I would imagine a Greek specialty food market would carry them as well.

What beans can I substitute in this dish?

Lima beans!

Why are my beans still crunchy after cooking?

Did you soak the beans overnight first? When my beans have been crunchy with this recipe it’s because I didn’t soak them overnight first.

How do you store greek baked beans?

Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or up to three months in the freezer! It freezes pretty well!

For more Greek inspired recipes, check out mine below!

slow cooker greek baked beans in white bowl with spoon blue napkin bread feta cheese garnish

If you like this recipe, please be sure to give it a 5 star rating below. If you make it, share it on instagram and tag me @karalydonrd and I’ll re-share it with my followers! If you want to save this recipe for later, be sure to pin it on Pinterest!

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Description

Delicious, comforting, easy and budget-friendly, these Greek baked beans are made in the slow cooker for convenience! Set it and forget it.


  • 1 pound dry Gigantes beans (or dry lima beans), soaked overnight or for at least for 8 hours
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (approx 2 cups)
  • 3 stalks celery, diced (approx 1 cup)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Greek olive oil
  • Optional, for serving: fresh baked bread, feta cheese

  1. Place all ingredients: beans, onion, celery, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, salt, water, and olive oil in the slow cooker. Cook on low until beans are tender, about 8 hours.
  2. Optional: serve with fresh baked bread and feta cheese.

Notes

  1. You can find gigantes beans on Amazon but I would imagine a Greek specialty food market would carry them as well.
  2. If you can’t easily find gigantes beans, you can substitute lima beans.
  3. Be sure to soak the beans overnight so beans are tender after cooking. If you don’t soak the beans first, you may find the beans are still not tender after 8 hours.
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: greek baked beans, greek beans slow cooker, greek beans in crockpot

This recipe was originally published January 2017. It’s been retested and reshot to give you the most delicious (and beautiful!) content! 

Published at Thu, 08 Apr 2021 09:00:00 +0000

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Crispy and crunchy, this air fryer cauliflower is ready under 20 minutes! Served alongside a tangy dipping sauce, this is the appetizer or side dish you won’t be able to get enough of!

crispy crunchy golden brown air fryer cauliflower on large plate with dipping sauce

Never have I ever loved cauliflower so much until this recipe.

It’s true – the crispiness of this cauliflower is next level and the air fryer browning it brings out its natural sweet flavor. If you’re just like meh about cauliflower, I’m telling you this recipe is about to rock your veggie world.

It only requires a few minutes of prep time and only 10-15 minutes of cook time which means you’ve got an appetizer or side dish ready in 15-20 minutes!

You can serve the cauliflower plain or toss it with your favorite sauce or pair it with a dipping sauce. I’m including the recipe for the tangy, creamy dipping sauce I made to pair with this that is a match made in heaven. With only 4 ingredients, you can whip it up while your cauliflower is air frying.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Notes on Ingredients

Cauliflower: If you use a head of cauliflower, try to find a small to medium head or you’ll likely have some cauliflower leftover (or you can just toss it with more olive oil and seasonings). If you’re in a rush, you could grab pre-cut bagged cauliflower florets which will save you a few minutes of prep time.

Olive oil: In order to crisp up properly, the cauliflower will need some oil. I used olive oil but you could use any other neutral vegetable oil or even avocado oil.

Paprika: Adds a boost of mild smoky flavor. 

close up crispy crunchy golden brown air fryer cauliflower with parsley garnish

How to Make Air Fryer Cauliflower

Step 1: Chop the cauliflower into florets.

Step 2: Toss the cauliflower with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika and salt.

Step 3: Set air fryer to 375 degrees F. Place cauliflower in a single layer in the air fryer so there is some space between florets.

Step 4: Cook (in batches) until cauliflower is browned and crispy, tossing every 3-5 minutes, about 10-15 minutes total.

Step 5: Serve immediately, while hot. Optional: serve with dipping sauce or toss with sauce of choice.

step by step air fryer cauliflower in clear bowl, olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt

Expert Tips

  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer with cauliflower. This will interfere with each piece getting crispy. You want to make sure there is space between each floret.
  • Smaller florets will brown quicker than larger florets so try to cut evenly sized large florets.
  • Because cauliflower can burn easily, check and toss the basket every 3-5 minutes to ensure even browning.
  • The second batch (and subsequent batches) may brown quicker than the first since the air fryer will have been preheated. I found that my first batch took about 15 minutes to brown while the second batch was closer to 10 minutes.

close up air fryer cauliflower floret in pink dipping sauce with parsley garnish in wood bowl

Recipe FAQs

Can you air fry frozen cauliflower?

Yes! And you don’t need to thaw it first. Just toss frozen cauliflower with olive oil and spices and cook from frozen. It may just need a little longer to cook so if it’s still soggy after 10-15 minutes, keep checking it every 3-5 minutes or so.

What sauces can you serve this with?

I love my tangy special sauce, which I’ve included in this recipe but this recipe is also fantastic tossed with some Buffalo sauce!

What can you pair this with?

This can be an appetizer for a gathering or a delicious side dish. As a side dish, you could pair with a protein like my air fryer whole chicken or slow cooked salmon and some kind of starch like my air fryer baked potato or roasted potato salad with herb vinaigrette.

Why is my cauliflower not crispy in the air fryer?

You likely overcrowded the air fryer and need to space your florets further apart in a single layer or you just need to cook them longer!

What air fryer do you use?

I use a Phillips XXL Air Fryer which has a 3lb / 4 qt capacity. I did a lot of research and asked colleagues and friends for recommendations and this one came out on top. (Affiliate link – at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase)

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For more cauliflower recipes, check out mine below!

close up crispy air fryer cauliflower on grey plate with parsley garnish dipped in tangy sauce

If you like this recipe, please be sure to give it a 5 star rating below. If you make it, share it on Instagram and tag me @karalydonrd and I’ll re-share it with my followers! If you want to save this recipe for later, be sure to pin it on Pinterest!

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Description

Crispy and crunchy, this air fryer cauliflower is ready under 20 minutes! Served alongside a tangy dipping sauce, this is the appetizer or side dish you won’t be able to get enough of!


  • Small to medium head cauliflower, chopped into florets or 12 ounces cauliflower florets (about 4 1/2 to 5 cups florets)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the optional dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder and salt until evenly coated.
  2. Place florets in a single layer, evenly spaced out, in air fryer.
  3. Set air fryer to 375 degrees F.
  4. Cook cauliflower, checking and tossing every 3-5 minutes, until browned and crispy, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Optional: serve with dipping sauce or toss with desired sauce.

For the optional dipping sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, dijon mustard, smoked paprika and salt until combined. Serve alongside air fryer cauliflower.

Notes

  1. Do not overcrowd the air fryer with cauliflower. This will interfere with each piece getting crispy. You want to make sure there is space between each floret.
  2. Smaller florets will brown quicker than larger florets so try to cut evenly sized large florets.
  3. Because cauliflower can burn easily, check and toss the basket every 3-5 minutes to ensure even browning.
  4. The second batch (and subsequent batches) may brown quicker than the first since the air fryer will have been preheated. I found that my first batch took about 15 minutes to brown while the second batch was closer to 10 minutes.
  5. If using frozen cauliflower, you don’t need to thaw it first. Just toss frozen cauliflower with olive oil and spices and cook from frozen. It may just need a little longer to cook so if it’s still soggy after 10-15 minutes, keep checking it every 3-5 minutes or so.
  6. This cauliflower is delicious served alongside my dipping sauce but is also fantastic tossed with some Buffalo sauce!
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air Fryer

Keywords: air fryer cauliflower, how to make cauliflower in the air fryer

Published at Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:00:00 +0000

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