This Crockpot baked beans recipe is homemade using dry beans, and so much better than canned! They take longer than our Instant Pot baked beans but if you want a one pot side dish cooked all day this is the one for you. You’ll never buy them at the store again after trying these.
I wish I could describe just how good this Crockpot baked beans recipe from scratch is. If you could smell it now, you’d just know. Make them spicy or keep them sweet, just adjust to your liking until they are perfect for you. Find this and more on our Crockpot recipes page. (originally published 11/19, affiliate links present)
Crockpot Baked Beans with Dry Beans
Sweet and savory packed with bacon and brown sugar, they are WAY better than buying them at the store. I guarantee you’ll never buy canned again after having a few bites of these. Baked beans from scratch are a game changer. You can adjust how sweet they are with brown sugar or make them spicy with red pepper flakes.
You can use whatever type of dried beans you like for this, some use navy while others like Northern. The cook time is about the same for them all as long as you soak them overnight first. Then fold together the rest of the ingredients and let them get tender while you bbq or cook your main meal other ways.
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- I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.
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Slow Cooker Southern Baked Beans
Yes we have a lot of easy slow cooker recipes for dinner, but side dishes are the best!
- Why?? Because you can keep them warm for hours during the holidays so everyone can eat, eat, eat all day long.
It’s handy when you’re going to a potluck too. Just cook these at home, lock the lid on your slow cooker and take it to your destination.
You won’t have to take room up in your hosts oven to warm it up, the pot will do all the work for you.
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
- Dry Northern beans – MUST be soaked for 12 hours the night before!
- Water to soak your beans
- Tomato paste
- Brown sugar
- Water to add into the sauce
If you’d like to add some heat, chili powder is a good choice.
What beans are in baked beans?
Canned baked beans are used as a convenience food. Most commercially canned baked beans are made from haricot beans, otherwise known as navy beans in a sweet sauce.
- Northern beans are used often too, that is what we chose for our crockpot baked beans from scratch.
Why are baked beans called baked?
Well, they were originally called this because the can was first filled with blanched beans, then the sauce, then the can was sealed with a lid and cooked.
- Yes, canned baked beans are cooked inside the sealed can! The original recipe for Heinz beans was based on Boston beans, so they used to contain pork too.
In this case we are going to soak them first, and then cook them in our slow cooker for a better part of the day. This process will make them super tender, and with a TON of flavor as they cook in the sauce itself.
Can I put canned beans in a slow cooker?
- Yes, just drain and pour the canned beans into the slow cooker.
- Add the onion, brown sugar, tomato sauce, cooked crumbled bacon, etc.
- Cover and cook on LOW setting for 4- 6 hours.
Serve these beans with coleslaw or potato salad and cornbread.
Do you need to soak beans for the Crockpot?
Yes. Pre soaking dry beans beforehand is necessary. Most prefer this anyway because it’s better for digesting purposes. There are typically instructions for this on the back of each bag but you will want a minimum of 4 hours to up to 12. That means the best way to do this is submerge yours in a bowl and you can let them sit overnight.
Crockpot Baked Beans
Then in the morning you can whisk everything together well and start cooking. That way it will take a bit less time because they’ve soaked longer and will be ready when your Traeger chicken thighs are nice and tender so you can enjoy everything together.
We didn’t for this or our Crockpot black eyed peas recipe though.
Easy Crockpot baked beans with canned beans
If you would like to make these faster just use canned pork and beans or a mix of a few canned beans like Northern and Pinto.
- NO problem! Just start from step 3 in the recipe below and get going!
- You will still want to cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat on your stovetop before adding. Then make your slow cooker baked beans from there, but decrease time to 4 -6 hours on low.
- I will say that using dry beans is better as far as overall texture goes.
Canned will be much softer, but everyone has a preference so do what you think you’ll like best.
Additional add ins some people like:
- A bit of maple syrup
- Liquid smoke
- Barbecue sauce
- Some like to add precooked ground beef instead of bacon
- I actually love 1/2 cup of feta on the side to sprinkle on top
Want to make Instant Pot baked beans in your pressure cooker instead? You can follow the link at the top of this post for these made in a fraction of the time.
How long do homemade baked beans last?
- They will remain fresh and edible for at least five days when you store them in the refrigerator.
Always use an airtight container with leftovers. In the freezer they have the ability to last for as long as six whole months. Try baked potatoes for another great Crockpot side dish.
For a printable recipe for Crock pot baked beans, see below. It has nutritional information on it as well like saturated fat, calories and such. It is calculated by the card itself so unsure of it’s accuracy but just enjoy it y’all!!
REMEMBER: You MUST soak the dry beans for 12 hours the day before cooking these on low for 6-8 hours! If you use canned beans you can skip this step.
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Crockpot Baked Beans Recipe
- 16 oz Northern beans dry
- 16 oz bacon diced
- 1 onion diced
- 3 c water
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c molasses
- salt to taste
- 6 c water for soaking beans, this is a MUST if beans are dry
- Rinse dry beans to remove debris, soak in 6 cups of water for 12 hours. This is a must. If you use canned beans you can skip this step.
- After this time drain water from beans in bowl.
- Cook diced bacon on stovetop so fat renders down and it is somewhat crispy, add this into your crockpot on the bottom after draining oil out of pan.
- Pour soaked beans on top in an even layer, then sprinkle diced onions on top of beans.
- In a small bowl whisk together your 3 cups of water, tomato paste, brown sugar, and molasses until smooth. Pour this into your slow cooker, do not stir.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until beans are as tender as you'd like.
- Check at 6 hours for tenderness, taste, and add salt as needed.
- Stir and serve.
Sunday 3rd of April 2022
If using canned beans, how many cans are used for this recipe?
Wednesday 26th of January 2022
Ive been using this recipe for a while now they are really good. Sometimes I add a tbsp of dry mustard powder as well and I always use half and half tomato paste and ketchup. I let them cook for 10 hours and I have never had to add any thickener.
Sunday 3rd of October 2021
This recipe is perfect! You get the flavor of all ingredients! Delicious!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
The Typical Mom
Monday 4th of October 2021
Sunday 27th of September 2020
I love these beans!!! They're fantastic but I did have to add some water plus cornstarch to thicken them up a little.
The Typical Mom
Monday 28th of September 2020
Tuesday 22nd of September 2020
This came out fantastic!! I followed the recipe with no changes, it’s super easy & I’m pretty sure I’ll never be buying canned again!
The Typical Mom
Wednesday 23rd of September 2020
OH good, glad it was a hit