Mother Earth's Baked Beans


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
15 hrs 35 mins
16 servings


  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 ⅓ cups brown sugar

  • ½ cup barbeque sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray's® Honey)

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 (28 ounce) can baked beans (such as Bush's Original®)

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
10g Fat
58g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 888mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 659mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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