Recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Beans

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There was a time when I thought baked beans only came out of a can. And, since we did away with most pre-made, canned foods back when we started our real food pledge, that means I didn’t have baked beans for a LONG time! As it turns out…I really like and missed baked beans. So needless to say, I am glad to have them back in my life and am also glad to be able to introduce them to my kids (they both gave this recipe two thumbs up – whew!). These beans would be the perfect addition to any summer BBQ, cookout, or picnic, AND they are just as delicious leftover, so if you are entertaining make your day even easier by cooking these a day in advance. We are officially ready for summer – bring it on!

Baked Beans

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4.5 from 25 reviews
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Serves: If served along other side dishes this recipe will feed a small crowd.
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups dried navy beans (optional, but recommended: soak beans in water in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours and then drain)
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked and diced (organic and/or local recommended)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 - 15 oz can plain tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black or red pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the beans, bacon, bell pepper, and onion in the bottom of a slow cooker. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the tomato sauce, syrup, mustard, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour over top of bean mixture and then add 3½ cups of water. Turn the slow cooker onto high and cook for 10 to 12 hours. Discard onion pieces and serve warm.
Notes
*To make this recipe Vegetarian, omit the bacon.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

 

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277 comments to Recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Beans

  • Care

    I was really excited to try this recipe. I quickly assembled it last night before bed so that the kids could take it for their lunches today and I got up to it very burned! So disappointed.
    For my slow cooker 10 hours on high is waaaaaaaayyyyy too much :(

  • Michelle Stewart

    I am loving your recipes but it is really bothering both my husband and I to discard so much onion! Is there an alternative? I plan to make and take these to a family get together this week for Christmas.

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