Friday, May 22, 2015

Amazing From-Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Food Bloggers

Use the slow cooker to make baked beans for a barbecue side dish, and the house will stay cool!

Amazing From-Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Baked Beans

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and this Friday it's Memoral Day in the U.S. which makes me think Slow Cooker Baked Beans might be a good idea.  While many of you are enjoying a holiday weekend, I'm updating and sharing this post from Kenya, where I'm heading out today to see hippos and go on a day-trip Safari.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!)

It's the time of year to be cooking things on the grill, and the arrival of grilling season always makes me happy!   Of course you need side dishes when you're grilling, and baked beans have to be one of the classic side dishes to accompany grilled foods.  There are plenty of good recipes for baked beans made in the oven, but when it's hot outside, one of these Amazing From Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Baked Beans will let you make fantastic baked beans in the CrockPot without heating up the house.

Each blogger's version of baked beans is just a little different; there are beans with bacon and meatless beans, spicy beans and sweet beans, recipes with one kind of beans and those with several types, and just about every other variation you can imagine.  Read my description of each recipe, then click the recipe title below any photo to see the entire recipe on the blog.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Maple-Sriracha Baked Beans from Kitchen Treaty start with dried pinto beans simmered on the stove, then drained and cooked in the slow cooker all day on low with Sriracha and other seasonings.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Simple Nourished Living have Weight Watcher's Points included, and this recipe starts with soaked white beans that cook 10-14 hours on low with salt pork, molasses, and seasonings.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chipotle Baked Beans from The Perfect Pantry start with dried white beans that cook with traditional baked beans flavors plus some spicy Chipotle chiles to kick things up a notch!

CrockPot Baked Beans with Apples and Jalapeno from A Year of Slow Cooking have bacon, apples, jalapenos, and canned Cannellini beans, plus the usual baked bean flavorings.

Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans from Simply Recipes start with dried white beans that cook all day with molasses, brown sugar, salt pork, and other flavorings.

Slow Cooker Vegan Fiesta Baked Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking have a Southwestern flair with tomatoes, green chiles, lime juice, and cilantro.

Alea's Slow Cooker Baked Beans from $5 Dinners use dried white beans that are quick-soaked and simmered for an hour before they go in the slow cooker.  There they cook 6-8 hours with traditional baked bean flavorings, plus ketchup for a tomatoey twist.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans  from The Lemon Bowl start with dried beans that cook all day with sweet and savory flavorings.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans from Skinny Ms. start with canned Cannellini beans that cook all day on low with a delicious-sounding homemade barbecue sauce.

Slow Cooker Guiness Baked Beans from Dinner with Julie have canned red and white Cannellini beans combined with bacon, onions, lots of baked bean seasonings, and of course Guiness for that extra something!

CrockPot Vegan Coconut Curry Baked Beans from Kitchen Treaty have cooked dried beans (or canned) that cook all day with with curry spices, coconut milk, ginger, and brown sugar, and other wonderful-sounding seasonings.

Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans from Andrea's Recipes are so simple that the kids helped make them.  This recipe uses soaked beans that are boiled with baking soda for 15 minutes before the drained beans go into the slow cooker with traditional baked beans seasonings for 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Bourbon Beans from Culinary Cory have three types of canned beans plus bourbon (of course) but the alcohol is cooked off when the beans are simmered on the stove before they go into the slow cooker.

CrockPot Baked Beans with Sausage from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures use canned Great Northern beans and Kielbasa that cook with traditional baked bean flavorings for 4-6 hours, and Lynn says these beans are a hit with the kids.

How does your family like their baked beans?  If you've got a good recipe for Slow Cooker Baked Beans, please tell us about it or share the link in the comments.


  1. What's better with barbecue than baked beans? Thank goodness for the slow cooker, which makes them so easy for the cook.

  2. Lydia, I agree; this has to be the perfect summer side dish when you use the slow cooker to keep the house cool!

  3. Bad link to Boston Beans from Andreas Recipes-directs to Guiness Baked Beans

  4. Thanks for telling me Dee! I blame that on late-night blogging; will fix right now.


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