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Mother Earth's Baked Beans Recipe
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Mother Earth's Baked Beans

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"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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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    7 hrs 20 mins

    15 hrs 35 mins


  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.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Reviews More Reviews

Jan 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.

Sep 25, 2014

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


6 Ratings

Jul 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.

Jul 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.

Jul 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.


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  • Calories
  • 394 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 58.4 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 9.8 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 11.2 g
  • 45%
  • Protein
  • 20.8 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 888 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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