Crockpot Honey Baked Beans With Ground Beef

Beef and Beans
Beef and Beans. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 6 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Ratings (9)

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).

What You'll Need

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

How 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.

Tips and Variations

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