5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beans With Bacon

5 ingredient slow cooker beans with bacon
Diana Rattray
Ratings (205)
  • Total: 5 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
645 Calories
3g Fat
120g Carbs
38g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


  • 6 to 8 strips bacon (cut in 1/2- to 1-inch pieces)
  • 3 (16-ounce) cans baked beans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (or use chili sauce)

Steps to Make It

  1. Arrange the bacon in a skillet and place it over medium-low heat. Fry the bacon until it is browned and crisp, stirring and turning frequently.

    Frying bacon for baked beans.
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  2. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain.

    Bacon draining on paper towels.
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  3. Pour the beans into the slow cooker and add the bacon.

  4. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard powder, and ketchup or chili sauce. Add the sauce mixture to the beans and stir to blend.

    Baked Beans in the slow cooker.
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  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH for about 2 hours.

    Easy baked beans.
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips and Variations

  • Add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of diced raw onions to the dish. Or saute the onion in a skillet in about 1 tablespoon of vegetable over medium heat until browned. Add the onions to the beans.

  • Add about 1/2 cup of green or red bell pepper to the beans or a combination of both colors.

  • Add sausage or ground beef to the beans. To brown the sausage, place a large skillet over medium heat and add about 1/2 pound to 1 pound of sausage or ground beef. Cook the ground meat until it is no longer pink; drain well and then add to the beans.

  • Add 1 to 2 cups of diced cooked ham to the beans.

  • Slice spicy or mild smoked sausage or hot dogs into 1/2-inch rounds. Add the sausage or hot dogs to the beans and cook as directed.

  • Extra Spicy: Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder, a few tablespoons of minced jalapeno peppers, and  1 teaspoon (or more) of crushed red pepper flakes.

  • With Pineapple: Add two 8-ounce cans of pineapple tidbits (drained) to the beans along with 1/2 cup of bell peppers and 1 cup of onion. Use barbecue sauce instead of tomato ketchup.