The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe
This recipe isn't your average baked beans recipe. This easy slow cooker baked beans makes the perfect side dish.
Using three different types of canned beans, bacon and seasoning these baked beans will taste better than anything you've tried before.
Making this slow cooker baked beans recipe using canned beans is easier than ever. You'll need to crisp your bacon for about 15 minutes.
Then put all of your ingredients into the slow cooker and set on low for 8-9 hours.
I had to add a little Dijon mustard to this baked bean recipe for an added flavor punch.
The combination of beans, bacon, and other seasonings will taste much better than any Boston baked beans you've tried before.
Can I put canned beans in a slow cooker?
You can put canned beans in a slow cooker. Matter of fact this is a slow cooker baked beans recipe using canned beans.
Just be sure to drain and rinse your canned beans before placing them in your slow cooker.
How long do you cook beans in the crockpot?
For this recipe, you'll cook your homemade baked beans in a slow cooker on low for about 8-9 hours. You'll want your baked beans to be tender and cooked all the way through.
Allowing your homemade baked beans to cook on low for 8-9 hours lets the ingredients flow together properly so that you have a balanced taste of each ingredient with every bite.
What beans are used in baked beans?
For this easy slow cooker baked beans recipe I'm using canned beans.
You'll need a can of red kidney beans, great northern beans, and black beans. Store-bought baked beans are typically made from haricot beans that also known as navy beans.
I prefer using the red kidney beans, great northern beans, and black beans in my easy slow cooker baked beans recipe.
When combined these three beans pack a powerful flavor for baked beans. You'll know what I mean the moment you bite into this homemade slow cooker baked beans recipe.
This recipe is one of my favorites to whip up during the fall and winter seasons. Homemade baked beans in a slow cooker take little time and provide warmth with every bite.
I know I enjoy using my slow cooker for hearty stews and homemade baked beans during the colder months.
There's something magical about food that warms the soul. These easy slow cooker baked beans will surely warm your soul.
I bet your family will be begging for a second dish of this delicious comfort food.
Do you have to soak beans for slow cooker?
The beauty of using canned beans for your slow cooker baked beans is that you don't have to soak the beans.
All that you need to do is open each can of beans, drain and rinse off before placing in your slow cooker.
You can soak your red kidney beans and boil for 20 minutes before placing them in the slow cooker. Some people feel this makes red kidney beans more digestible.
Now that I've answered some frequently asked questions about making homemade baked beans in a slow cooker, it's time for you to get ready to make these yourself.
You can make these with or without the crisp chopped bacon. I feel the bacon is what makes these taste similar to your Boston baked beans we've grown accustomed to.
Whether you add the bacon or not, is up to you, but don't say I didn't warn you. Now it's time for you to prepare the ingredients to make your slow cooker baked beans.
Slow Cooker Supplies and Resources
One of the best investments for slow cooker cooking is a slow cooker with a locking lid. You can also use a slow cooker liner to make dinnertime clean up easier. There are a variety of sizes available.
How to Make Baked Beans from Scratch in a Slow Cooker
It's easy to make these baked beans from scratch. Gather up the list of ingredients from my recipe card below.
Use my step by step guide and voila! You'll be enjoying the best slow cooker baked beans in about 8 hours.
Cook the chopped bacon over medium-high heat in a skillet. Cook until the bacon is starting to crisp.
Drain grease from the bacon.
Open the three cans of beans. Drain and rinse the beans.
Add the beans to your slow cooker.
Put the rest of your ingredients in the slow cooker.
Stir to combine.
Cook on low in your slow cooker for 8-9 hours.
Be sure to prepare your main dish for your slow cooker baked beans in time to enjoy your entire meal hot and fresh.
Below you'll find some ideas of what to cook as a main dish with baked beans.
Since baked beans are packed full of protein you may opt for a lighter main course dish with your easy slow cooker baked beans, such as a salad.
Here are Some of Our Best Slow Cooker Recipes
We're doing a 30-Day Slow Cooking Challenge. Here is a list of the recipes we're cooking up. Let me know if you try one of them by leaving a comment on that recipe post and rating the recipe!
There are several types of recipes that we are making during the challenge, from chicken slow cooker recipes, beef recipes, and even vegetarian recipes.
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas
- Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
- Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
- Crustless Low Carb Pizza Casserole
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
- Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana
- Slow Cooker Apple Bread Pudding
- Slow Cooker Peachy Pork Chops
- Slow Cooker Low Carb Stuffed Peppers
- Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken
- Slow Cooker Chili - Low Calorie
- Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs
- Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- Slow Cooker Pinto Beans
- Slow Cooker Ham and Beans
What main dish goes with baked beans?
Now that your baked beans are cooking, it's time to think about what you'll serve with your side dish. There are many things that pair well with beans.
Some main dish ideas to go with homemade baked beans in a slow cooker include:
- Hot dogs and hamburgers
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Garden Salad
If you're going to make your baked beans for a breakfast meal, then mix in some of your easy slow cooker beans with scrambled eggs for an added flavor boost.
The bacon and beans combined together with scrambled eggs give you an added tangy kick to an otherwise boring plate of scrambled eggs.
Do baked beans need to be refrigerated?
Store any leftover baked beans in an airtight container within 1-2 hours after serving. This will keep your slow cooker baked beans safe from bacteria.
Your leftover baked beans will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up about 3-4 days. When ready to serve your leftover baked beans, simply reheat on your stove top until warm.
You can place your slow cooker baked beans in the freezer for longer storage.
Simply let your baked beans sit in the refrigerator for about six hours to completely cool.
Place your homemade baked beans in a freezer-safe container, and store for up to six months for later use.
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
- 1 pound bacon chopped into small pieces
- 1 large sweet onion about 1 ½ cups, chopped
- 15.5 ounce can red kidney beans
- 15.5 ounce can dark red kidney beans
- 2 15.5 ounce cans great northern beans
- 2 15.25 ounce cans black beans
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon gluten-free liquid smoke
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Cook chopped bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is starting to crisp, about 15 minutes.
- Drain grease from the bacon.
- Drain and rinse the beans and then add to the slow cooker.
- Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 8-9 hours.