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baked beans in bowl with spoon

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Delicious Slow Cooker Baked Beans are sweet, savory, tangy, and so easy to make! This recipe knocks store bought canned varieties out the park. Made with beef, bacon, and veggies these baked beans are my spin on the classic side dish I grew up eating. 


  • 315oz cans navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 strips thick cut bacon, sliced into lardons
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the bacon lardons and cook until brown and crisped. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  2. Remove the grease from the skillet and then add the ground beef. Cook the ground beef until brown, over medium high heat. Once brown, add the diced bell pepper, diced onion, and minced garlic. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes and then remove from the heat.
  3. Add the drained and rinsed navy beans, ground beef mixture, and bacon to the slow cooker.
  4. Next add the barbecue sauce, ketchup, water, molasses, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and paprika. Stir until well combined.
  5. Cook the beans on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours. Stir the beans halfway through.
  6. Once done cooking, stir and serve immediately. Enjoy!