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Mother Earth's Baked Beans

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Slow-cooked richness in a fast-paced world, this hearty recipe is sure to add comfort and satisfy the largest of appetites. You'd swear it was almost homemade."
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15 h 35 m servings 394
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; reserve about 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in the skillet. Crumble bacon and transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Cook and stir ground beef and onion in bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer ground beef mixture to the slow cooker.
  3. Mix brown sugar, barbeque sauce, ketchup, mustard, molasses, liquid smoke flavoring, black pepper, and chili powder in a bowl; pour over ground beef-bacon mixture. Stir well. Add baked beans, kidney beans, Great Northern beans, and pinto beans; mix well.
  4. Cook on Low for 6 hours; refrigerate overnight for 8 hours. Reheat in slow cooker until warmed, at least 1 hour.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 394 calories; 9.8 58.4 20.8 28 888 Full nutrition

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Holy moly this is gooooood! I made this as written but used Black Forest Bacon and I do believe that rich bacon flavor added to the experience. I should mention I did fry the ground beef in the ...

Very good. Recipes like this I usually make the day before cooking them, to meld the flavors (also added 1T. Worcestershire sauce). I put it in a 9x13 pan, & it came to within a 1/2 inch of the ...

This reminds me somewhat of Calico Beans which I bake in the oven. It definitely has a good blend of flavors and beans. I’m not convinced that it needs 6 hours in the slow cooker, then refrige...

I made this for a pot luck. Didn't change a thing in the recipe. Got rave reviews and was asked for the recipe even several weeks afterwards. Will surely make it again

I made these for a family reunion and everyone loved them. They were getting a little dry towards the end of the cooking time so I just mixed up a little water, ketchup & bar-b-que sauce and the...

Very good. Didn’t change a thing. You can serve it immediately or make it the night before and let it thicken up for the next day. Mmmmmm:)

Yummy, didn't change a thing. Did get better with age, in my opinion, but very good!

I have always loved this combination....used to have it as a a main dish when my kids were growing up! Made it for a friend's surprise birthday party/barbecue, and the recipe was requested by s...