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 22 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.

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250 comments to Recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Beans

  • Cynthia

    I was hoping for a recipe that didn’t include processed food. Canned tomato sauce doesn’t work for me. I’ll make my own but it would have been nice if the recipe had included fresh tomatoes.

    • Jennifer

      tomato sauce isn’t really processed, it’s just pureed, especially a brand like Muir Glen organics which doesn’t use BPA in their can linings. There are also brands that come in glass bottles. I would avoid regular store brands, yes, but there are tomato sauces that are just fine and not processed. This whole blog is dedicated to non-processed foods, so anything you find here is non-processed (with the exception of normal processing, like wheat being made into flour and tomatoes being pureed into sauce, etc). The only way to have truly 100% unprocessed food is to grow it yourself, and eat it raw.

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  • Terri

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have missed baked beans and am eager to try these! Yummers!

  • Sue

    Can these be frozen after they are cooked? Can they be frozen ahead of time so you just have to dump everything in the crockpot?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Sue. Yes to both though we’ve not cooked these from frozen. You might have to prolong the cooking time somewhat. :)

  • Carrie

    I made these this past 4th of July, and they were a huge hit at my friend’s party! I did add a little brown sugar and more maple syrup than called for. I diced up the onion and peppers, and left the onions in.

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