5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beans With Bacon

5 ingredient slow cooker beans with bacon
Diana Rattray
  • 5 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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If you're looking for a tasty bean dish for a barbecue or party, this is an excellent choice. Or make it a main dish and serve the beans with cornbread for a fabulous lunch or dinner. And leftovers make a fabulous side dish for a big breakfast or brunch.

This is the only recipe for baked beans you need for a neighborhood barbecue or game day party. They're perfect for tailgating! Add pulled pork for sandwiches or hot dogs along with coleslaw and you have a hearty and delicious crowd-pleasing meal.

You will love the simplicity of the recipe; it takes just minutes to mix everything in the slow cooker, and you'll have a tasty, no-fuss dish in a few hours. Cook the bacon the night before and this dish will take about 5 minutes to prepare.

The pictured beans were made with the addition of onions and diced multi-colored bell peppers. Add extra bacon or some sauteed sausage or ground beef if you like meatier beans. See the tips and variations below the recipe for more ideas.

What You'll Need

  • 6 to 8 strips bacon, cut in 1/2- to 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) baked pork and beans
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, or use part barbecue sauce

How to Make It

  1. Fry the bacon or bake it until crisp; drain well on paper towels. 
  2. Combine the cooked and drained bacon with the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir to blend.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH for about 2 hours.

Tips and Variations

  • With Onion: Add about 1/2 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.
  • With Peppers: Add about 1/2 cup of green or red bell pepper to the beans or a combination of both.
  • With Sausage: In a large skillet over medium heat, brown 1/2 to 1 pound of ground bulk sausage; drain well and then add to the beans.
  • With Ground Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, saute 1 pound of ground beef until browned. Drain well and add to the beans.
  • With Ham: Add 1 to 2 cups of diced cooked ham to the beans.
  • 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.