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Perfect Picnic Potluck Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe

This baked beans recipe is the perfect side dish! It's budget-friendly and crowd-pleasing. Best of all this baked bean recipe goes together in the slow cooker!

Need a perfect side dish to take with you to a potluck? How about an easy side dish that you can put together quickly and then leave to cook on its own? Something cheap and that everyone will love? Of course, we all want those kind of dishes and this baked beans recipe fits the bill! And it can be cooked in the slow cooker so that’s even better! Keep reading for the baked beans recipe-

My mom has been making these beans for years and brings them to each family gathering. In fact, our family doesn’t ask her what she’d like to bring to a potluck, they just tell her, “You’re bringing your baked beans”. They are just so good and perfect for a potluck.

When I had a potluck invitation last month, I requested the bean recipe from Mom. And when I got to the part in the recipe that said “Bake for 7 hours” I stopped in my tracks. Temperatures were in the high 90s and there was no way I was cooking a casserole of beans for 7 hours when I don’t have air conditioning! So I adjusted the recipe and made it in my slow cooker and they came out just as delicious.

This baked beans recipe is the perfect side dish! It's budget-friendly and crowd-pleasing. Best of all this baked bean recipe goes together in the slow cooker!This baked beans recipe is the perfect side dish! It's budget-friendly and crowd-pleasing. Best of all this baked bean recipe goes together in the slow cooker!This baked beans recipe is the perfect side dish! It's budget-friendly and crowd-pleasing. Best of all this baked bean recipe goes together in the slow cooker!

Don’t be nervous about using dry beans, they are totally easy to work with. And so inexpensive (a one pound bag for this recipe costs just around $1.20). Feel free to adjust the amount of brown sugar and molasses to taste. If you prefer them less sweet, just add less sugar. I find that the liquid thickens up nicely overnight in the fridge and you can skim off any fat from the bacon that has floated to the top. The beans heat up well in a pan on the stove top for leftovers…if there are any! I hope you enjoy my mom’s recipe.

This baked beans recipe is the perfect side dish! It's budget-friendly and crowd-pleasing. Best of all this baked bean recipe goes together in the slow cooker!

Perfect Picnic Potluck Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry navy beans or small white beans
  • 1 package (12 oz) bacon
  • Yellow onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add dry beans to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover. Leave to soak in hot water for one hour.
  2. Cut bacon into 1" pieces and fry in a skillet until starting to crisp. Add chopped onion in with the bacon and grease and saute until onion is softened.
  3. Remove two cups of water from the soaking beans and pour into a bowl. Add brown sugar, dry mustard and molasses, stirring to combine.
  4. Drain beans of the remainder of water and add to the slow cooker. Add bacon and onions, stir to combine. Pour liquid into the cooker and stir all. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 7 hours.
  5. Add salt to taste.
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Eat at Home and Save – Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans

Crock Pot Pinto Beans...cheap & easy! {Saving up for Disney}

My husband and son love beans. Just a simple bowl of beans with maybe a hot buttered tortilla or a chunk of cornbread and they are in heaven.

Me…well, not so much. I don’t really care for beans so imagine when I saw my husband lugging a 15 lb sack of dried pintos home from Costco the other day!

But they are a wonderful source of fiber and are very filling. Important on the budget…they are cheap!And they are easier than you’d think to prepare at home, especially when I used my slow-cooker this time.

In the past beans would take me all day to make and I hated having to babysit the pot to make sure they didn’t boil over. I knew I wanted to try cooking them in a slow-cooker instead. I found a few recipes on Pinterest and tweaked them to suit our needs and came up with a pot of beans that my husband and his uncle were raving about. I think they may have eaten half the pot in one sitting…good thing I doubled the batch! My husband is very picky about what he eats and how food is prepared so believe me, I was beaming that I was able to prepare them well. I even had myself a little bowl, seasoned with a little salt and pepper and you know what, they were good!

This recipe can easily be doubled. You might as well double it, then take half and freeze it in a quart-sized bag to defrost for another meal.


You’ll have to soften the beans first with either a quick soak or an overnight soak.

Quick Soak –

2 cups of pinto beans (picked through first for debris). Boil in 6 cups of water (uncovered). Allow to boil for two minutes then turn off the flame and allow to soak (covered) for one hour.

Overnight Soak –

Soak 2 cups of beans with water about 2″ above the beans overnight. Drain.


RECIPE – Slowcooker Pinto Beans (single recipe, very easy to double) –

1/2 white onion, chopped and sauteed in 2 tablespoons butter until soft.

Pour presoaked beans and 5 cups of water into crock pot. Add 1 can chicken broth. Add onion and melted butter. Add 1 tablespoon chopped garlic. Give it a stir, put on the lid and cook low for 7-9 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Don’t lift the lid…there is no need to stir.

Remember that a slowcooker will retain all the water and moisture so if you want to drain off any of the liquid after cooking you can. We keep it however, since the leftover beans will take on some of that liquid and you don’t want the beans to dry out in the fridge.

Season simply with salt and pepper before serving. My family eats their bowl of beans with a sprinkling of cheese and a dollop of sour cream.  My husband will often add green chilies. He has been using his leftovers to make refried beans, mashing them a bit over a low flame and adding a bit of milk to make them creamy. I’ve been known to add a ham hock to the pot while the beans cook so that the meat falls off the bone into the beans which is pretty darned tasty. Hope you’ll give them a try, beans make quite a versatile meal. And best of all, cheap!

Crock Pot Pinto Beans...cheap & easy! {Saving up for Disney}


Handy Links:

Livestrong – Are Pinto Beans Healthy?

WebMD – Beans: Protein-Rich Superfoods

Pinterest – Recipes using Pinto Beans