These easy crockpot baked beans only require 5 simple ingredients to make with no presoaking any beans. Simply dump it all in and let the slow cooker do the work!
Hearty baked beans with bacon
This easy crockpot baked beans recipe is made effortlessly with canned beans which means no pre-soaking them overnight. It’s a quick and easy way for this flavorful side dish to come together.
Slow cooker baked beans can be made even better by adding a few extra ingredients to enhance an already tasty can of beans. The smoked paprika gives it that signature smoky flavor. Brown sugar adds a bit of a molasses note and a depth of sweet flavor and color. Ketchup or BBQ sauce (in my case a bit of both) and Dijon mustard give it a sweet and sharp kick, which makes these beans irresistible.
Keep this recipe handy because it’s about to become a staple summer side dish at any BBQ, potluck, or family dinner. Whether you’re making crockpot baked beans with bacon for pork and beans, or just the beans on their own, they’re always a hit!
How to make crockpot baked beans
This is the kind of recipe that gives the term “set it and forget it” it’s meaning. I like using Bush’s Grillin Beans, but you use whatever kind you like. Dump them into the slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients, close the lid, and set the timer to cook.
Toward the end of the cooking time, I like to cook my bacon in the oven. It comes out evenly cooked every time with just the right amount of crisp! The bacon at the end adds a nice salty smokiness to the otherwise, sweet and tangy beans.
Tips & variations
- A few more aromatics. Sauté 1 Tablespoon of oil along with 1 diced onion, 1 diced bell pepper, and 3 cloves of garlic over medium heat. Mix in with the beans before setting the cooking time.
- Extra tang. Add in 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- More heat? Throw in about 1 or 2 tsp of chili powder for a little spice.
- Use liquid smoke. It’s an easy swap instead of smoked paprika. A little goes a long way, so test a teaspoon first.
- Different meat. Substitute the bacon for diced ham, sausages slices, or cooked ground sausage for a different flavor.
- Keep the crockpot warm. Once it’s finished cooking use the warm setting until everyone is ready to eat. Then, everyone can serve themselves right from the pot.
What to serve with baked beans?
Complete your menu with the following ideas:
- Mains: Serve baked beans alongside a BBQ pork sandwich, baked BBQ chicken, sloppy joes and slow cooker ribs.
- Other sides: Need some inspiration for more sides to fill up your plate? Check out my coleslaw recipe along with homemade mac and cheese, sweet cornbread, loaded potato salad and these fluffy dinner rolls.
Storing, freezing, & reheating
- To store: Once cooled, store beans in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
- To freeze: These freeze well for up to 3 months. Keep stored in an airtight container making sure to leave a little extra room for expansion.
- To reheat: Thaw in the fridge overnight if frozen, and reheat on the stovetop on low-medium heat until heated through. If you’ve got an entire batch you made ahead of time, feel free to use the slow cooker to warm it through and serve right from there.
More easy crockpot sides:
- Slow cooker mac and cheese
- Slow cooker carrots
- Crockpot cheesy potatoes
- Slow cooker mashed potatoes
- Slow cooker creamed corn
Crockpot Baked Beans
Optional: 4 to 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- Pour the can of beans into the crockpot. Add the ketchup (and/or BBQ sauce), mustard, paprika, brown sugar, salt and pepper. I usually start with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir until combined.
- Place the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for 2 hours.
- Just before serving, add the bacon if desired. Salt and pepper to taste. Add more brown sugar or paprika if desired depending on preference. Turn to the warm setting until ready to serve.
- Sauté 1 Tablespoon oil, 1 onion (diced), 1 bell pepper (diced) and 3 cloves garlic over medium heat. Then mix in with the beans before cooking.
- Want more tang? Add in 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar.
- Add some spice by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder.
- Add in cooked meat like smoked sausage slices or cooked ground sausage.