Baked Beans Recipe

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Baked Beans Recipe – The BEST homemade baked beans recipe. Super simple to make and it is all done in the crock pot!  Make for all your get togethers and barbecues this summer!

It is ok to admit if you just buy the can of baked beans at the store and heat them up.  I have done that for years.  I usually doctor them up a little bit; add a little brown sugar and barbecue sauce to them so they aren’t straight of the can.  But pretty darn close.

This year, I decided things needed to change.  I needed to make a baked beans recipe from scratch. One that was easy, delicious, and everyone would rave about.  And these crock pot baked beans are just that. 

baked beans in a crock pot


Nothing beats homemade. And homemade baked beans are no exception. They are a little bit more work than just opening a can and reheating, but really not much.  You have to measure a few ingredients, and brown some bacon.  But the crock pot does all the rest of the work.  Because baked beans with bacon are just better, you do not want to get lazy and skip this step.

This recipe for baked beans comes from Food Network.  I changed it just a little for our tastes. But the base recipe is similar. It was also baked in the oven 6-8 hours. And in the middle of summer when it is 90 degrees, I really don’t want my oven on all day.  So I adjusted it to work for the crock pot and not be too runny.

What You’ll Need

  • Dried Northern Beans
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Tomato Paste
  • Brown Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Chicken Broth
A bowl of food on a plate, with Bean and Baked beans

How to Make Baked Beans From Scratch

  1. Start with dried beans, they need to soak overnight.  I put them in a large plastic container, covered in water, like the package directs, with the lid on and put in the fridge. Then in the morning, just drain and add to the crock pot.
  2. Bacon is a must in baked beans. You can brown it the day before to save time, and then just add it when you start cooking.
  3. Slow cooker baked beans is really just a dump and let sit recipe.  So add all the ingredients, turn on the crock pot, and let it cook for about 8 hours.  You really just need the beans to get soft and tender.
  4. Jalapenos never hurt anyone!  Adding just a little heat to the background gives these beans so much extra flavor. Don’t be afraid, it cooks all day and these are definitely NOT spicy.
A bowl of food on a plate, with Bean and Baked beans

Which Beans To Use For Baked Beans

You really can use quite a few, but this version uses Northern Beans. We just like the flavor and texture. But you can follow the exact same recipe and get amazing results with a few other beans as well.

  • Navy Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Pinto Beans

Dried beans are an extra step, but it is so easy to just cover them in water and let them sit over night. And it is definitely worth the extra step. Canned beans just aren’t quite the same in this recipe.

A close up of food, with Bean and Baked beans

So break away from the can, and try out this homemade baked beans recipe this summer.  Trust me, everyone is going to love them!  Plus the leftovers are delicious for the next couple days.  So if you make them on Friday, you can enjoy them all weekend long.

What Goes With Baked Beans

close up baked beans in a white bowl

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4.91 from 21 votes

Baked Beans Recipe

By Erin
Baked Beans Recipe – The BEST homemade baked beans recipe. Super simple to make and it is all done in the crock pot!  Make for all your get togethers and barbecues this summer!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 9 hours
Total: 9 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8



  • 1 pound Northern Beans, dried
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Place dried beans in a large container.  Cover with water as directed on the package. Place in fridge overnight to soak.
  • Drain beans, reserving 2 cups of the liquid for cooking.
  • In a skillet, saute onions and jalapeno until soft, about 5 minutes.  
  • To the crock pot add all of the ingredients, including the 2 cups of reserved liquid.  Stir until well combined.  
  • Turn on low and cook for 8-10 hours until the beans are cooked. 


Adapted from Food Network


Serving: 1g | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1664mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 400
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