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Baked Beans Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Recipe

Updated on April 2, 2016
Baked Beans
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Baked Beans

When I was a child, I absolutely detested any kind of beans as in legumes. I could tolerate the lima beans that came in Campbell’s Vegetable soup, but that was about the only kind. It didn’t matter how you cooked the navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans and so on…I didn’t like beans. If I knew we were having baked beans for dinner I’d be begging my friends for an invite to their house. Back then there were no ifs ands or buts about it, you ate what was put in front of you for dinner. You’d sit there until you ate everything that was on your plate or in your bowl. I remember many of nights gagging down that last spoonful of baked beans or that last piece of dreadful liver.

Anyway taste buds do change, and the things we thought we’d never eat as children start to become many times our favorite foods. Give me a bowl of chili made with kidney beans, black beans or pinto beans and I’ll be asking for seconds.

Today I decided that I would make baked beans in my trusty slow cooker. Everything tastes good that comes out of a crock-pot or slow cooker right?

To start I needed a recipe. Scouring through my cookbooks and at various online recipe sites, I found too many ways to make baked beans. Some recipes say to soak the beans overnight and then put directly into the slow cooker, while other recipes said to soak and bring the beans to a boil in a pot on the stove, then remove from the heat for an hour. Of course ingredients differed all over the place. Here is the recipe that I came up with using probably 20 different recipes and extensive searching.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 9 hours
Yields: As a main course this will serve 6-7 people.
Navy Beans
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  • 2 1/2 cups of dry navy beans
  • 12 ounces of side pork sliced in 1" pieces
  • 4 slices of bacon sliced into 1" pieces
  • 3 cups of chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup of molasses
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 2 tbs. of dry or powdered mustard

Baked Beans

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Navy Beans

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup (100 g)
Calories 340
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 60 g20%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 22 g88%
Protein 22 g44%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  1. The night before or twelve hours prior to making the baked beans, you will need to soak them in water. First give the beans a good rinse under cold water, and then in a bowl add the beans and cover completely with cold water.
  2. Drain the beans and add them to a large pot along with five cups of water. Simmer them on the stove for one hour.
  3. Drain the beans reserving 3 cups of the water.
  4. In the bottom of the slow cooker or crock pot add the pork.
  5. Next add 1/2 of the beans, chopped onions, remainder of the beans, and then the bacon on top.
  6. Mix together the reserved water, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup and mustard. Stir mixing really well.
  7. Pour the liquid over the beans in the slow cooker and cover with the lid.
  8. Cook on low until the beans are done. Depending on the slow cooker this will take anywhere from 6-8 hours.
  9. Check on the beans every couple of hours to make sure that the bean are covered in liquid. If not add extra water.
  10. Serve baked beans with bread, tortilla chips, or as a side dish.

Layering the ingredients into the slow cooker


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Baked beans can be eaten all on their own or as a side dish.
Baked beans can be eaten all on their own or as a side dish. | Source

Baked Beans

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    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sitting at the table until all the liver and onions were off my plate was the worst :)

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Crock pot cooking at its best. I love the fact that these are slow cooked and made from scratch. Sounds delicious. Growing up we always had Campbell's Pork 'n Beans with hot dogs. Like you, we had to finish what was on our plates. I was usually the last one at the table and ended up with a time constraint to meet.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GetitScene, Hi nice to meet you. Thanks so much, do you have a hub written on how you make your own canned chipolte peppers and chorizo?

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      Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

      Really tasty sounding recipe. I make my own with canned chipotle peppers and chorizo.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Vicki, Nice to meet a fellow Canadian. Yes you can freeze baked beans.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe, and I plan to try it really soon. The only reason I usually buy them is because I can get small quantities that way. Can you freeze them?

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ImKarn, Over baked potatoes .... yum!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sharon, Sorry that you can't eat beans of any kind but I thank you for stopping by to read my recipe :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i smiled whilst reading your childhood memories of hating beans, beans,

      i shared your distaste - and still do - for all beans except BAKED..

      Mmmmmm....i LOVE them and have often warmed up a can and poured them over a baked potato - smothered in butter of course..(ssssshhhhh...don't tell

      Other than that - still picking the 'kids' out of my

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I love baked beans and just about any type of legume. But, damn it, I am supposed to stay away from them because they contribute to the causes of kidney stones. Grrrrrrrrr. (I still sneak some in though.) This recipe looks really good. I like the idea of using a slow cooker. Everything always seems to come out great in them.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to apologize for being so behind on answering all of your comments. Thanks everyone.

      Lela, Next time I make chili I am trying it without beans :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Awesome ! We love baked beans and these are much better since they are homemade. Up, awesome, shared and pinned. I am going to buy the supplies later today and make this.

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      Huh. That's funny, cuz I was totally the opposite as a kid. I actually loved beans -- especially pinto beans or any Mexican food with beans -- but the one bean I could not eat if you put a gun to my face was lima beans LOL

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jen, I can remember the smell throughout the house when my stepmother was baking beans .... oh how I hated that smell :)

      Monis, Tillsontitan, GoodLady and Janis,

      Thanks everyone for all the great comments. I hope you all enjoy the baked beans and they taste even better the second day.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Isn't life funny. that one who loves beans as I do is cursed? I tried 12 years to learn to cook them, before I gave up. Thank you for this.

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      Shea 4 years ago

      I love baked beans.... I think I always have. I remember as a kid growing up, watching all those western movies with the cowboys sitting around the campfire scraping their tin plates with spoonfuls of beans. It always looked so good! I have to try your recipe.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      These are the really good, old-fashioned way of cooking beans. Your recipe sounds delicious.

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      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Almost every night when I was a kid, we had pinto beans and home cooked fried potatoes. We had to do something with all the bacon grease from breakfast!

      Anyway, I doubt if there is a pinto bean in the world that I won't eat. Or Navy beans, Lima beans, butter beans, black-eyed peas, you name it.

      Baked beans are crazy good when made right. But here's a hint. Don't use green bowls - use yellow, red or orange bowls. This stimulates appetites and just looks better with food.

      Heaven help you if you ever enter a chili contest and put beans in your chili! That is against Texas law and will probably get you horse whipped or hung or something. It is acceptable to make a pot of beans on the side :-) but they better not be kidney beans.

      Thanks for this informative article on baked beans. I really want to try this recipe, so voted up and bookmarked!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know, it's funny, Susan, but this is one of those dishes I loved when growing up. We had it at least once a month. Now, well, I don't remember the last time I had it. How do we fall from habits like that? Thank you for the reminder. I'm thinking this weekend is a perfect time to relive the past.

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I'm not a big fan of beans either, but a bowl of pork and beans once in a while is good. We usually just buy the canned ones, but this looks very good - it will be on the menu soon.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love baked beans...any kind of bean really! I even liked them as a kid. we also had to gag down whatever my grandfather put on the table - he was a horrible cook. everything would be burnt on the outside and frozen on the inside! EW!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I have to admit, Susan, that I do not particularly like any kind of beans, baked or otherwise, but perhaps someday I will grow out of it like you did, but I doubt it since I am too old for that, but I admire your willingness to share your recipe and I do like pork and onions so I am writing to tell you that. And I do like the way you title your photos, m'dear.

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      Shea 4 years ago

      Great hub..... I love baked beans, I always have. I guess it was because of watching those old western movies where all the cowboys are huddled around a campfire scraping their tin plates with their spoons. It always looked good to me.

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      Janis Goad 4 years ago

      I have always loved baked beans. I haven't made them in a long time because my daughter daughter doesn't really like them, but I think I will try out this recipe in the slow cooker.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Yes! Yes! In this cold weather I agree with you Susan, there is absolutely nothing quite like a really well made crock pot of home made baked beans and this recipe is wonderful, thank you, thank you.

      Voting, sharing and pinning. It's just great!

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      Jen Card 4 years ago

      My mouth is watering! I can remember my grandmother baking beans, for what seemed to be forever, several hours if I remember correctly. I did not favor beans as a child either, so I agree taste buds change. This recipe looks great! Simple, I look forward to trying it out this weekend. Thank you kindly for sharing it. Great hub! ~Jen

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I know there are legions of people who like baked beans, I have some in my family. This isn't a difficult recipe and you've given great instructions on how to do it so I guess I may have to give it a try!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Just like you, when I was a kid I hated any kind of beans! And now I enjoy them very much. Thanks for the recipe!