The BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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Slow Cooker Baked Beans are chock-full of bacon and beef, sweetened with molasses and then simmered until thick and sweet.

If you’ve been reading this blog for long at all, you might notice that I very rarely name anything “the best.”

The Best Crock-Pot Baked Beans recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Best Baked Beans Ever

There are many foods that we love and that we make over and over, but for something to be labeled the best baked beans ever, I feel like it needs to be a “wow” food.

You might be thinking that these are just crockpot baked beans, how amazing can they be, right? Well, they are pretty darn amazing as it turns out.

Three different beans with ground beef and bacon are simmered and slowly cooked until thick and sweet. The flavors and textures in this recipe for baked beans are just perfect.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Our friend, Tony, brought these beans to a barbecue at our house two years ago and they blew me away.

These beans are so tasty, so full of meat, so sweet and hearty, I  might have “accidentally” tucked a container of Tony’s leftovers deep into my fridge and then forgotten to give them to him at the end of the night.

Later, I asked him if he’d please send me the recipe. And lucky for all of us, he was happy to share it. I’m a believer in baked beans with meat now and I’m confident that you will be as well, just as soon as you taste them.

baked bean ingredients in the crockpot

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

There’s something extra special about a simmering pot of baked beans when there is plenty of meat in the mix. Hearty enough to be a meal on their own, these baked beans with meat make for a spectacularly memorable side dish at any barbecue.

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • ground beef
  • bacon
  • bacon drippings
  • kidney beans
  • white beans
  • Pork & Beans
  • onion
  • light brown sugar
  • ketchup
  • molasses
  • yellow mustard
baked bean ingredients stirred together in the slow cooker

Kitchen Tip: I use this slow cooker to make this recipe.

Crockpot Baked Beans Recipe

  1. Drain all the beans, except for one can of Pork & Beans.
  2. Combine the ground beef, bacon, kidney beans, white beans, Pork & Beans, onions, brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, and yellow mustard in the crockpot.
  3. Stir to combine. Cook on HIGH for at least 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours.
beans in crockpot
Slow Cookers and Crockpots

Slow cookers or crockpots are an appliance of which I have more than one. If you are an avid slow cooker user like I am, you might understand the need for more than one. So, let’s talk about my favorites:

First up is this 6-quart slow cooker that has a locking lid. These crockpots are fantastic for transporting foods. Mine has gone everywhere from church potlucks to barbecues, game nights to Thanksgiving dinner. However, fair warning, these slow cookers run crazy hot. Low is closer to a boil than a simmer, the warm setting actually simmers. So trust me when I say HIGH is high.

My everyday slow cooker is this 8-quart Crockpot. It’s my go-to appliance for cooking large roasts and big batches of chili. Fun fact: did you know that a full 4-quart cooker, actually cooks more slowly than a half-full 8-quart cooker?

For just cooking a few pounds of chicken to shred for enchiladas or other smaller recipes, this 3-quart version is perfect.

Thanksgiving has become a breeze since I have mastered how to hold all of the side dishes using these medium-sized round slow cookers.

If you aren’t a fan of the idea of keeping more than one slow cooker in the house, these CrockPockets are a game-changer when it comes to preparing and holding multiple dishes at the same time. They slide into a standard 6-quart crockpot, dividing it into two sections that are perfect for serving different side dishes or keeping taco fillings warm for parties.

The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

We have made these slow-cooker baked beans so many times, I couldn’t possibly keep count. I’ve served them with Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken, Memphis Style Dry Ribs, Garlic and Paprika Rubbed Steaks, and just about every other main dish you can imagine.

The beans are fantastic as a side dish, but honestly, I could happily just eat the beans on their own. This recipe really is outstanding and these truly are the BEST baked beans ever! Thanks again, Tony.

Best Ever Baked Beans add up to an awesome BBQ Sundae!

To make one of my all-time favorite meals, combine Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork and Memphis Coleslaw with these beans for BBQ Sundaes!

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The BEST Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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Three different beans, bacon, and beef are simmered with molasses and slowly cooked until thick and sweet.
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Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef cooked, crumbled, and drained
  • 1 pound bacon cooked
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 3 14 ounce cans kidney beans
  • 3 14 ounce cans white beans
  • 3 14 ounce cans Pork & Beans
  • 3 small onions about 2 cups worth chopped 1/2″ or smaller
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Drain all the beans, except for one can of Pork & Beans. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and heat on HIGH for at least 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours. Enjoy!
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{originally published 5/20/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/15/21}

Crockpot Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Bacon
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Brenda Ballinger says

    I want to make these tonight but I am unsure of which white beans to use, Great Northern, white kidney beans or cannoli? Thank you.

  2. Janelle says

    There’s no t enough liquid? Did we miss a step to add water or another liquid? They’re going to burn if we leave them like this?!

  3. S. Sabie says

    What to do exactly with the bacon is not fully explained. Going to assume that the bacon is cut into 1-1/2 inc pieces bofore cooking it?

    • Mary Younkin says

      The bacon is cooked and then crumbled or roughly chopped. It is added to the beans that way, as illustrated in the video. I will add a note to the recipe. Thanks!

  4. Bob says

    I’ve made this recipe 3x now and i’m always the one scrambling to keep a small bowl for the next day because my guests have already spoken for what’s left. I’ve tried many recipes for baked beans but nothing touches this one!5 stars

  5. Susan Davies says

    Your video shows pinto beans and is a bit different than your posted recipe. Which is correct? I did choose to follow the printed recipe because I had to choose one. They are cooking no now, but I would like to know which is correct???

    • Mary Younkin says

      oh my goodness! You’re the first person to ever catch that mistake on the video. It’s mislabeled. Where it says pinto beans, that is actually the drained cans of pork and beans. If you followed the recipe as written, it will turn out perfectly.

  6. Jo says

    I’m based in New Zealand, and I can’t find “pork and beans” (limited supermarket choice!) – can you explain what goes into them? Is it pork sausage? Any particular kind of beans? And what weight would they be drained, so that I can make my own? And how much liquid to compensate for the one can that doesn’t get drained? (Packaging never seems to tell you the weight of the stuff that you have to throw away!)

    I’m also a bit confused by the bacon – is this streaky bacon, shoulder, a great big wodge of bacon? And how is it cooked (chopped up and fried, baked, slow cooked etc.)? What happens afterwards? Your comment below says to look at the video and that you’d add a comment to the recipe notes, but there isn’t a video on the page, and the recipe just says “1 pound bacon cooked”, and then to add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. If it is a great big wodge of bacon, does it go in as a lump into the slow cooker and is then shredded afterwards?

    Thanks!

  7. Janet says

    Just wondered – do I have to make this with ground beef? I’ve never had baked beans with beef in them – we usually serve them as a side dish with a meat main course. Would I have to replace the ground beef with anything else? Thank you! These sound really delicious!

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m guessing that you have ads blocked or an ad blocker running on your machine. The video window is often identified as advertising. There is definitely a recipe video on this page.

  8. Jan Paschke says

    These are delish! A big favorite in our house. We call these Calico Beans in the northern part of Minnesota. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

  9. Bonnie says

    These were amazing!!! I usually make baked beans the old fashioned way with dry beans, but these are just as good if not better, and so much easier. Thanks so much for the recipe.
    I have tried many of your recipes and have loved them all. Never disappointed.
    Huge fan!5 stars

  10. Becky says

    I have made these beans several times for potlucks and family get-togethers. They are always a big hit!5 stars

  11. Kate says

    Love ALL your recipes bc you cook just like I do! Simple & easy! My husband is a great cook and he also loves your recipes! Such YUMMY food and other great ideas also! Kudos to you for a FANTASTIC BLOG et al… Kate & Dave We are Buckeyes too , from Youngstown – now residing in Delaware, Ohio. We were out of state for many years, but came back 30 years ago – There’s no place like HOME! The beans were delish- no leftovers!5 stars

  12. doris a donella says

    I tried changing the “serving” amounts and it changes everything but the cans of beans required.