Unleash Rich Flavor with Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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There’s a scene from my favorite American television show, The Office, where one of the characters explains how he wakes up every morning to the smell of bacon:

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He sets his alarm a few minutes early to cook bacon on a griddle, which he leaves on the floor by his bed. He falls back asleep for a few minutes, and then reawakens to the sound and smell of perfectly cooked, sizzling bacon.

He’s brilliant! Well, for the most part…

He ends up accidentally stepping on the hot surface with his bare foot. But he still got to enjoy his morning bacon.

Learn how to make rich, hearty, and flavorful baked beans, using your slow cooker and dried beans. We share this low and slow recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/grains-and-legumes/slow-cooker-baked-beans/

I did something similar (excluding the foot injury) with this delicious recipe for slow cooker “baked” beans.

Busy gal that I am, I often cook food in my slow cooker overnight, so my meals are ready first thing in the morning.

And let me tell you, I woke up with my mouth watering…

Sugar plums dancing in my head? I think not. The intoxicating aroma of savory beans simmering throughout the night entered into my dreams, powerful enough to wake me from my slumber.

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Slow cooking this dish makes a delicious sauce that’s super concentrated with flavor. The smell of bacon and onions, mixed with a sweet and savory sauce of tomatoes, molasses, and apple cider vinegar, wafted from the downstairs kitchen into every room of my entire home.

This recipe uses dried beans, which require just a little bit of extra labor with pre-soaking before cooking. You can use the overnight method, allowing them to soak in cold water in the fridge.

Go low and slow with our homemade recipe for slow cooker baked beans. We share this hearty recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/grains-and-legumes/slow-cooker-baked-beans/

Strapped for time? Use the faster method of a quick-soak, by soaking them in boiling water for a couple hours. If you want to learn more, read our article on cooking with dried and canned beans.

Ready to make this low and slow version of a hearty side dish? Make the recipe now below!

The Recipe

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The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans
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Go low and slow with slow cooker baked beans, made with a sweet, sour, and savory blend of delicious ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 hours 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 hours 10 hours
Slow-Cooked Baked Beans Recipe | Foodal.com
The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Votes: 7
Rating: 4.29
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Go low and slow with slow cooker baked beans, made with a sweet, sour, and savory blend of delicious ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 hours 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6-8 hours 10 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 pound assorted dried beans (navy, northern, kidney, etc).
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 15-ounce can plain tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
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Instructions
  1. The night before cooking, rinse and sort the dried beans, discarding any small rocks or debris. Transfer to a large container and pour in cold water to about 1 inch of water above the beans. Cover and soak the beans overnight in the refrigerator, or for at least 10 hours. Alternately, you can quick-soak the beans by following the package directions. After the beans have quick-soaked, you can continue with the directions below.
  2. The day of cooking, chop the bacon into small chunks. Cook in a skillet over medium heat, until some of the fat has rendered and the bacon is only lightly cooked.
  3. Drain the beans and transfer to the bottom of a slow cooker. Add the bacon and rendered fat, jalapeño, and onion. Toss together.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, tomato sauce, molasses, mustard, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk in the water until thoroughly combined. Pour the sauce over the ingredients in the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and cook on low heat for about 6-8 hours, or until tender. Serve while warm.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Ashley Martell. 

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
The Best Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 771mg 32%
Potassium 548mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 6%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Soak the Beans

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The night before cooking, rinse and sort the dried beans, discarding any small rocks. Transfer to a large container and pour in cold water until there is about 1 inch of water above them. Cover and soak overnight, or for at least 10 hours, in the refrigerator.

Be sure to use a container large enough to leave extra room, as they will swell overnight.

Hoping to avoid washing too many dishes? Soak the beans directly in your Crock-Pot covered with plastic wrap. Simply add the other ingredients to the slow cooker the next day. Just be sure to mix everything with a with a wooden or rubber spoon to avoid scratching the nonstick coating.

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Alternately, for a quicker method to save some time, you can quick-soak them for about an hour or two using boiling water.

Step 2 – Prep the Ingredients

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The day of cooking, gather all of the remaining ingredients needed for the recipe.

Chop the onions and jalapeño. Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly after handling the chopped hot peppers!

Note: If you own a slow cooker that has a sear option, like the Breville Fast/Slow Cooker (review coming soon!), you can cook the peppers and onions until translucent/browned for even more flavor.

Step 3 – Cook the Bacon

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Using a separate cutting board and sharp knife, roughly chop the bacon into small chunks.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until it is slightly cooked and some of the fat has rendered out.

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Don’t overcook it, as it will continue to brown more thoroughly in the slow cooker. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Step 4 – Make the Sauce

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In a separate large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients: brown sugar, tomato sauce, molasses, mustard, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk in the water until fully combined.

Step 5 – Combine

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Drain the soaked legumes and place in the bottom of your Crock-Pot. Mix in the bacon, jalapeno, and onion.

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Pour the sauce over the dry ingredients. Mix together. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 6 – Cook and Serve

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Cover and cook on low heat for about 6 to 8 hours, or until tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened.

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Allow to cool slightly before serving with accompaniments like freshly fried tortilla chips or warm homemade jalapeno cornbread. Enjoy!

A Hearty Side Dish, Slow-Cooked to Perfection

Take advantage of the amazing slow cooker to make delicious meals overnight, like we did with this sweet, sour, and savory baked beans dish.

But avoid the foot injury and keep the kitchen equipment where it belongs – in the kitchen. Trust me, the aroma will definitely fill your entire house!

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For more dishes cooked low and low, take a peek at our other slow cooker eats. And if you’re in the mood for a little shopping to upgrade your kitchen gear, read up on the best slow cookers to buy.

And don’t forget to read our tips for using your Crock-Pot to get the tastiest and juiciest results!

How do you like to make this comfort food classic? Do you prefer dried or canned legumes? Any secret ingredients to make them extra special? Please, feel free to share in the comments below.


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If you want to start using dried beans in your cooking, try our easy recipe for slow cooker baked beans! Go low and slow to get the most flavor, with a delicious sauce made from a sweet, sour, and savory blend of ingredients. Using your favorite beans, and flavorful ingredients like molasses, mustard, brown sugar, jalapeños, and vinegar, this is one tasty and hearty dish! Get the recipe now on Foodal.

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best cheesesteaks, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

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