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.

Terra

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
7 hrs 20 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
15 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cook on Low for 6 hours; refrigerate overnight for 8 hours. Reheat in slow cooker until warmed, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

394 calories; protein 20.8g 42% DV; carbohydrates 58.4g 19% DV; fat 9.8g 15% DV; cholesterol 27.7mg 9% DV; sodium 888.3mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2015
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 bacon drippings with the onions, mmmmmmm. So So good, did I already say that? It does make a crazy amount and I think next time I will make just half for my family of four. Putting this into regular rotation. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2019
I made no changes. These beans are no easier nor more convenient than my decades old family recipe using dry beans soaked overnight seasoned and baked in a slow oven. In fact the old-fashioned ones are much healthier. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2015
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 bacon drippings with the onions, mmmmmmm. So So good, did I already say that? It does make a crazy amount and I think next time I will make just half for my family of four. Putting this into regular rotation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2015
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 refrigerated overnight, and reheated in the slow cooker for an hour the next day. I slow-cooked it today, we ate it today, and it was very good! Slow cooking may be a convenience for some, but I think cooking stovetop or even baking in the oven also would be fine. I did omit the liquid smoke which we don’t care for. Terra, thanks for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2013
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 they were fine. I would definitely make these again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2015
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 top & weighed a ton! I cooked it low & slow for several hours. The only problem I see with this recipe is leftovers. It's going to be very dry & will need plenty of liquid doctoring before reheating. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2015
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 several. I followed the instructions to a 'T' . My only comment other than accolades is that I don't think 6 hours in the crockpot is necessary. Mine became mushy and, like another reviewer, they were somewhat dry and I had to add more bbq sauce/ketchup/water. I wondered if, in fact, the oven baking might not be better. That being said, who wants to heat up the kitchen in the summer? BTW, this recipe freezes beautifully! Thanks, Terra, for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/14/2019
I made no changes. These beans are no easier nor more convenient than my decades old family recipe using dry beans soaked overnight seasoned and baked in a slow oven. In fact the old-fashioned ones are much healthier. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/05/2020
Liked the taste. The recommended time to cook the bacon is too short. Overall, liked the recipe, just too much work. I'm not sure the different type of beans added anything. Just a lot of baked beans would suffice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2019
Followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out excellent. Made as a side for Father's Day BBQ and got rave reviews though it was a little sweet for my taste. When I make it again (and I definitely will) I'll cut the brown sugar by maybe 1/3 or even 1/2. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2020
Do not torture yourself by waiting until the next day to eat these beans. They are delicious right out of the crock pot. Makes a huge batch so leftovers are there for the next day. I did make my own barbecue sauce and added additional to leftovers when heating up to thin out a bit. This is a fantastic bean recipe. Read More