Vegetarian Slow Cooker Baked Beans

A family favorite comfort food, serve this vegetarian slow cooker baked beans dish with hot dogs or cornbread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
18 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound dried navy beans

  • 1 quart water

  • 1 (4 inch) piece dashi kombu (dried kelp)

  • 1 small onion

  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

  • ½ cup dry mustard

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 cup hot water, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring, or to taste


  1. Combine beans in a large bowl with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Soak overnight.

  2. Drain beans the next day and place in a pot with 1 quart fresh water and kombu. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 30 minutes. Drain beans.

  3. Place onion in a food processor and puree. Spread puree into the bottom of a slow cooker insert. Add drained beans and enough fresh water to cover.

  4. Mix vinegar, dry mustard, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, and black pepper together in a bowl and stir this mixture into the slow cooker. Cover top with aluminum foil and slow cooker lid.

  5. Cook on Low for 4 hours. During cooking, check every 1 to 2 hours to ensure beans are covered with water; add hot water as needed. At 4 hours, transfer 1 cup beans to a bowl and mash. Return mashed beans to the slow cooker. Continue to cook another 6 hours.

  6. Stir in liquid smoke before serving.

Cook's Note:

Use BBQ sauce in place of liquid smoke if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
6g Fat
50g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 15g 52%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 898mg 19%

* 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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