Classic Baked Beans


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time10 hrs 10 mins
  • Makes6 servings
Classic Baked Beans

John Cullen

Set it and forget it for these slow cooker classic baked beans! You can substitute the beer for water if you'd like.


  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp hot-pepper flakes

  • 2 cups dry navy beans, rinsed

  • 341 mL bottle regular beer, or de-alcoholized beer


  • Stir onion with bacon, molasses, ketchup, Dijon, salt and chili flakes in slow-cooker insert. Stir in beans, beer and 3 cups of water until combined. Cover and cook on low until beans are tender, about 10 hours.

  • Serve with baguette slices topped with grated cheese and broiled. Beans will keep well, refrigerated, up to a week.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 417, Protein 17g, Carbohydrates 71g, Fat 9g, Fibre 11g, Sodium 656mg.

Recipe courtesy of

Testing Tip:

We were surprised (but thrilled) that dry navy beans do not need to be soaked for this recipe. Beer can be replaced by 1 1/3 cups water.

This article was originally published on Feb 02, 2012

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