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Slow Cooker Homemade Baked Beans

After you make slow cooker homemade baked beans, you’ll never buy store-bought again! This easy recipe uses dried beans that do not require presoaking. You can also make this homemade baked beans recipe in the Instant Pot.

Slow Cooker Homemade Baked Beans in a white bowl

Ingredients For Homemade Baked Beans

Slow cooker homemade baked beans uses simple, affordable ingredients that you should be able to find easily at your local grocery store. 

  • Dried white beans: Dried NOT canned white beans are needed. The type you use is up to you. See below for what type of beans to use. I used Great Northern Beans.
  • Bacon: Uncooked bacon. Raw, uncooked bacon is stirred into the beans with the rest of the ingredients. 
  • Onion & Garlic: 
  • Ketchup: Grab your preferred brand of ketchup. You can substitute BBQ sauce here. 
  • Molasses: Molasses may be expensive or hard to find depending on what region of the country you live in. Maple syrup is a good substitute. 
  • Seasonings: The seasonings are simple: salt, pepper, dry mustard, and garlic powder. 
ingredients for homemade baked beans

How To Make Baked Beans In The Slow Cooker

Slow cooker baked beans is a true set-it-and-forget-it recipe. All you need to do is add all the ingredients, give it a good stir, and let it cook. You don’t even have to take the time to pre-soak the beans!

  1. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well. 
  2. Cook HIGH 4-5 hours or LOW 8-10.
uncooked & unstirred homemade baked beans in the slow cooker
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FAQs 

What Type Of Beans To Use

This homemade baked beans recipe calls for 1 pound of dried white beans. What type of white beans you want to use is up to you. Navy, Great Northern Beans, or pinto beans all work well with this recipe. 

This slow cooker or Instant Pot homemade baked beans recipe is best made with dried beans. The best part…NO pre-soak! That’s right, after you rinse the beans, add them directly to the slow cooker or Instant Pot. You can use canned beans. If you choose to use canned beans, be sure to buy enough. 15-ounces of canned beans is not the same as 16 ounces of dry beans. Approximately four 15-ounce cans of white beans are equivalent to 16 ounces of dried. This recipe is better with dried beans.

uncooked homemade baked beans in the slow cooker
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What Sweetener To Use

Every homemade baked beans you’ll find online recipe is different because cooks put their own spin on things. Some people like to add molasses to their beans, others add brown sugar, and some add both. Here I use molasses. 

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Tips For Homemade Beans

  • Don’t forget to spray your slow cooker or use a slow cooker liner. 
  • Get creative! If you don’t want to use ketchup, substitute something like BBQ sauce.
  • Stir halfway through cooking time if you can. This will help distribute the flavor and keep the beans from sticking to the slow cooker. 
  • Don’t pre-cook the bacon! It will cook to soft during the slow cooking process even if you pre-cook so don’t bother. 
  • Make this ahead! Baked beans can be made up to 3 days in advance.
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Storing & Freeze Leftover Baked Beans

Any leftover homemade baked beans should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days. To freeze leftover baked beans, let the beans cool and them place them in an airtight container or zip-lock freezer bags. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

homemade baked beans in the slow cooker

Recipes To Serve Baked Beans

Hot Dogs

Ribs & Potatoes

Juicy Cheeseburgers

Potato Salad

Cornbread

To make this recipe, I used a 6-quart slow cooker /or Instant Pot.

Slow Cooker Homemade Baked Beans in a white bowl
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Slow Cooker Homemade Baked Beans

After you make slow cooker homemade baked beans, you'll never buy store-bought again! This easy recipe uses dried beans that do not require presoaking. You can also make this homemade baked beans recipe in the Instant Pot.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 12 servings
Author Shannon Epstein

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dried white beans
  • 8 ounces bacon chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or more)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups water

Instructions

Slow Cooker

  • Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  • Cook HIGH 5-6 hours or LOW 10-12.

Instant Pot

  • Turn on the pressure cooker and select sauté. Once hot add the oil & the onion and cook a few minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  • Turn off the pressure cooker. Pour in the water and deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the dried white beans, bacon, onion, garlic, ketchup, molasses, dry mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the Instant Pot. Stir to mix well.
  • Close lid and seal valve. Cook high pressure for 60 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, natural release pressure for 15 minutes then quick release any remaining pressure. Stir & serve.
Recipe Rating




Larissa D

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

It took closer to 14 hours on the slow cooker for my beans to cook to soft but once it did the flavor was fantastic. So note you may need longer. Maybe if you presoak the beans it wouldn’t take so long. I added a little more molasses but I like my beans sweet. I will make this again with my modifications.

Betty

Monday 30th of May 2022

@Shannon Epstein,

Does it take that much water if using canned beans?

Shannon Epstein

Friday 1st of April 2022

Yes, every slow cooker heats differently so your may take more or less time. I'm glad you were able to still enjoy the recipe!

Zeke

Thursday 17th of March 2022

In insta pot recipe..no bacon Is mentioned??