Slow Cooker Classic Baked Beans


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time10 hrs
  • Makes6 Servings
Slow Cooker Classic Baked Beans

(photography: John Cullen. Food styling by David Grenier prop styling by Martine Blackhurst

Chatelaine Triple Tested

Hearty and cost-effective, this classic lets the slow cooker do all the work. 


  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp hot-red-chili-flakes

  • 2 cups dry navy beans, rinsed

  • 341-mL bottle regular or de-alcoholized beer


  • Stir onion with bacon, molasses, ketchup, Dijon, salt and chili flakes in slow-cooker insert. Stir in beans, beer and 3 cups of water until combined. Cover and cook on low until beans are tender, about 10 hours. Serve with baguette slices topped with grated cheese and broiled. Beans will keep well, refrigerated, up to a week.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 417, Protein 17g, Carbohydrates 71g, Fat 9g, Fibre 11g, Sodium 656mg.

Testing Tip

We were surprised (but thrilled) that dry navy beans do not need to be soaked for this recipe. Beer can be replaced by 1 and 1/3 cups water; either way, the total liquid used should be 4 and 1/3 cups.

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