Homemade Slow Cooker Baked Beans are a tasty and inexpensive dinner menu addition. Skip canned baked beans and try this DIY side dish that’s infused with bacon.

Slow cooker baked beans in a small white bowl.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for slow cooker baked beans.

Ingredient notes

  • Navy beans: Baked Beans are traditionally made with navy beans, but you can use small white beans or super-size with great northern beans. To soak beans overnight, add 4 quarts water to a large bowl and add 1 pound of rinsed beans. Soak at least 8 hours. To quick-soak beans, add 1 pound of rinsed beans to a large saucepan and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for 5 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Molasses: This robust, sweet syrup accentuates the sweetness of the brown sugar (brown sugar is a mixture of cane sugar and molasses). I love the flavor that results from using brown sugar and molasses in a 2:1 ratio.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Drain soaked beans well. In small bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, and molasses.
The ingredients for homemade baked beans in a slow cooker before cooking.
  1. In the bottom of a slow cooker, add beans, water, bacon, celery, onion, and bay leaf. Add sauce and stir to combine.
The ingredients for homemade baked beans in a slow cooker before cooking.
  1. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours, or until beans are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Homemade baked beans in a slow cooker.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe makes 12 generous side dish servings.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: Baked beans can be made up to 3 days in advance. Reheat over the stove until an internal thermometer reaches 165 degrees.
  • Oven-baked beans: Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. In the bottom of a Dutch oven or large saucepan, add all ingredients except salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cover and and bake, stirring every hour, until the beans are tender, about 4 to 5 hours.
  • Ham bone: Instead of bacon, add a meaty ham bone and 1 cup chopped leftover ham to your slow cooker. Remove the ham bone before serving.
  • Fun flavors: For a different flavor, add 4 cloves minced garlic or 1 tablespoon brown mustard to the slow cooker. Or, substitute half of the ketchup for your favorite barbecue sauce.
Slow cooker baked beans in a small white bowl.

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Slow cooker baked beans in a small white bowl.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Homemade Slow Cooker Baked Beans are a tasty and inexpensive dinner menu addition. Skip canned baked beans and try this DIY side dish that's infused with bacon.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings 12 servings (½ cup each)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 273

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound dried navy beans picked over and soaked overnight (see note 1)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (see note 2)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 pound bacon chopped
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Drain beans well. In small bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, and molasses. In the bottom of a slow cooker, add beans, water, bacon, celery, onion, and bay leaf. Add sauce and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours, or until beans are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Notes

  1. Navy beans: Baked Beans are traditionally made with navy beans, but you can use small white beans or super-size with great northern beans. To soak beans overnight, add 4 quarts water to a large bowl and add 1 pound of rinsed beans. Soak at least 8 hours. To quick-soak beans, add 1 pound of rinsed beans to a large saucepan and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for 5 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Molasses: This robust, sweet syrup accentuates the sweetness of the brown sugar (brown sugar is a mixture of cane sugar and molasses). I love the flavor that results from using brown sugar and molasses in a 2:1 ratio.
  3. Yield: This Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe makes 12 generous side dish servings.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. Make ahead: Baked beans can be made up to 3 days in advance. Reheat over the stove until an internal thermometer reaches 165 degrees.
  6. Oven-baked beans: Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. In the bottom of a Dutch oven or large saucepan, add all ingredients except salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cover and and bake, stirring every hour, until the beans are tender, about 4 to 5 hours.
  7. Ham bone: Instead of bacon, add a meaty ham bone and 1 cup chopped leftover ham to your slow cooker. Remove the ham bone before serving.
  8. Fun flavors: For a different flavor, add 4 cloves minced garlic or 1 tablespoon brown mustard to the slow cooker. Or, substitute half of the ketchup for your favorite barbecue sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 15gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 521mgPotassium: 702mgFiber: 10gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 148IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 3mg
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  1. Please help not sure how I manged it but my homemade baked beans come out too soupy and they have already been cooking in slow cooker for over 12hrs on low and I followed everything step?

    1. Hi Kathy! I’m so sorry about your soupy baked beans! I wonder if you may have accidentally included the bean’s soaking liquid in the pot, possibly? I would simmer uncovered until some of the excess liquid evaporates. Sorry again – Meggan

    1. Hi Stephanie, that sounds delicious, I don’t see why not! I haven’t tried that myself, though, so if you do would you let me know how it turned out? I hope you enjoy it! – Meggan

  2. i read that sugar and calcium prevent beans from getting soft. Hence Baked Beans So get your beans too the correct texture prior to baking. Then add the other ingredients That is why the beans retain their texture when baking..the sugar and calcium( molasses) keep them that way.5 stars

    1. Hi Stefanie! You could make these with canned beans and it wouldn’t take very long at all. I would say you’d need 2 or 3 hours on HIGH (just long enough to cook all the other ingredients) or 3 to 4 hours on low. Obviously the beans would already be cooked. You could actually make it on the stove top in probably 30 minutes. Good luck and if you have anymore questions just let me know! Thanks.

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