Crockpot Honey Baked Beans With Ground Beef

Beef and Beans

Diana Rattray / The Spruce Eats

  • Total: 6 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1034 Calories
12g Fat
169g Carbs
69g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 1034
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 169g 61%
Dietary Fiber 41g 147%
Protein 69g
Calcium 384mg 30%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These slow cooker beef and beans are flavored with a honey barbecue sauce mixture and onion soup mix. The recipe is a very easy preparation and the dish is a delicious side to serve with barbecue. 

This is an easy bean dish to serve along with a cookout or pulled pork barbecue. The beans are mixed with browned ground beef and slow-cooked to perfection. A packet of onion soup mix flavors the beans nicely along with ketchup, a little vinegar, honey, and mustard.

One reader made the beans vegetarian by substituting TVP instead of ground beef (and they used vegetarian baked beans).


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (1-ounce) envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans baked beans (2 cans=30 ounces)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef. Stir frequently and break up the beef as it browns. Drain well.

  2. Place the browned ground beef in the slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients; stir to blend thoroughly.

  3. Cover the pot and cook on low for 6 to 9 hours.


  • If you have some leftover pulled pork, go ahead and add it to the beans about an hour before serving.

Recipe Variations

  • Cook 1/2 cup of chopped onion along with the ground beef.
  • Add 1/4 cup of chopped bell pepper to the skillet with the ground beef.
  • Use part bulk sausage with the ground beef or add about 1/2 pound of ground pork or sausage to the 1 pound of ground beef.
  • Replace the honey with maple syrup or 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar.
  • For a smoky flavor, add a teaspoon or two of liquid smoke.
  • Instead of kidney beans, use black beans, pinto beans, or great northern.