Baked Beans don’t have to be boring and from a can, Baked Beans in the Crock Pot takes a classic recipe to a whole new level!

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After a whirlwind few weeks of family, non-stop cooking and calorie-packed holiday meals, I feel like it’s finally time to kick up my heels, relax and pick a simple, healthy recipe to feed the family. Whenever I’m looking for the path of least resistance in the kitchen, it usually means pulling out my crock pot. This time of year I’m making tons of crockpot recipes like Slow Cooker Chicken ChiliCrock Pot Lentil Veggie StewMexican Pulled Pork Shoulder in the Slow Cooker and now these Baked Beans.

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I ate a lot of Baked Beans as a kid, but they were almost exclusively prepared out of a can. Nothing wrong with that, but making these fresh, slow cooked, sweet white beans is a real treat that bears practically no resemblance to their canned cousins. And the taste? Whenever I make them my kids couldn’t be happier, so after the seeming non-stop parade of rich food over the holidays, I think we’re all finally ready for something a little bit more healthy as we head towards the New Year!

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Baked Beans are a classic staple for any burger night you’ve got, or add them to your Super Bowl menu with some grilled hot dogs and all the toppings. These baked beans are the perfect balance of sweet and saucy, and did I mention they’re vegetarian? YUM! My kids could eat beans for every meal, they’re obsessed. If yours are too, try these Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans or Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas.

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Baked Beans tend to fly under the radar a bit at a potluck or barbecue, but this recipe will make your side dish the star of the show wherever you take it. As always, let me know what you think by tagging me on social media!

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Baked Beans in the Crock Pot

Baked Beans don't have to be boring and from a can, this version made in the crock pot takes a classic recipe to a whole new level!
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Servings: 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pound small white beans
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 32-ounce box vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a saute pan, add the onions and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer the onions to a crock pot, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or 4-6 hours on high or until the beans are tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 2040mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 23g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. The beans soak up so much liquid so without testing the recipe with canned beans I don’t feel I can give you an accurate recipe. You would be using less liquid since the canned beans are already cooked. 16 ounces of dried beans is about 4 cups of beans once they are cooked.

  2. Hi Catherine, I am a big fan of weelicious.. like other reviews I have made slow cooker baked beans several times and had to throw them out because they never softened. I want to make these for a party and don’t want to risk them being not done. Can you tell me about how many cans of white beans would be the equivalent of a 16 oz bad of dried, and would I follow the rest of the recipe the same? Thanks!!

  3. I made your Mexican bean and corn soup last week and used the vegetable broth for it so I don’t have any on hand. Will chicken or beef broth work?

  4. Also, I have found that if you cook baked beans too long the sugars will cause the beans to start hardening up again, not crunchy but dry and too firm. Checking on them every couple hours can save that problem.

  5. Jack, when you cook the baked beans for 8 hours before adding other ingredients is it on low? I have had problems in the past with hard beans, I will try your method. Thanks

  6. Whenever I make any baked beans in the crockpot, I always cook them most of the way before making them “baked beans.” For example, right now I have a batch of great northern beans in the slow cooker, just water, salt, and pepper. They’ll cook about 8 hours until they are just a little crunchy, almost done, then I’ll drain them (keep the water/sauce in case they start to dry out later) and add all of the other ingredients. Then I cook them until the sauce thickens and the beans are the right texture. could be anywhere from 3-6 more hours. just depends on the batch of beans. if they start to get too dry before the beans soften, add some of the water you drained out before. Also, white beans take longer to cook than say, pinto beans. So if you don’t want to spend as much time, try pintos instead. They still taste good and will save a few hours.

  7. I have found that when I try to cook beans from hard in stuff such as making baked beans in the crock pot, they never cook for whatever reason – the sugar, not enough water, etc. Likely it is because there is not enough water as when I cook hard beans in a crock pot I have to fill it most of the way with water to get them to cook properly. So I cook my beans ahead of time and then slash the time it takes for the recipe to cook in the crock pot.

  8. I am making these right now for a BBQ tomorrow. I did soak them overnight and other than adding honey (didn’t have maple syrup) and spicy brown mustard (didnt have Dijon) I followed this recipe. Oh, and too lazy to saute onions so added them raw!I will report back when they are done, they smell amazing already!

  9. I’m making these now, having soaked them overnight (10+ hrs). While they smell amazing, I can report like some of the other commenters that the beans are still very hard after 6 hours of cooking. I’ve changed my crockpot setting to High and am hoping for the best. 🙂

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