Buddha’s Baked Beans Recipe

Buddha’s Baked Beans are a family favorite recipe! These crock pot beans are loaded with ground beef and bacon so they eat like a meal!

Love easy side dishes like these baked beans? Also check out our Cheesy Crock Pot Potatoes (also perfect for parties) and out favorite way to make Corn on the Cob, no boiling water and no shucking!

Buddha's Baked Beans are the best beans you'll ever taste!

Slow Cooker Baked Beans Recipe

Once you try these Buddha’s Baked Beans, no baked beans recipe will ever be the same. Buddha is a nickname that my dad gave my mom when she was pregnant and it stuck with her all these years later. In fact, I don’t think I ever hear my dad call my mom by her real name!

So here we go, these are Buddha’s Baked Beans.

Making this recipe in a slow cooker or crock pot is such an easy way to do it, especially for BBQ’s or parties. Just dump everything into your slow cooker and set it on low.

Then once these baked beans are done you can just set out your slow cooker to serve. That way the beans will stay warm throughout your party and you don’t have to wash another serving dish.

Buddha's Baked Beans are made with ground beef, bacon and brown sugar.

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Buddha’s Baked Beans?

Even though this baked beans recipe is simple, the flavors go perfectly together. There’s not really a lot of substitutions that I’d make here, this recipe is so perfect as is!

  • Ground Beef: You’re going to brown the beef and drain any dripping before adding it to the slow cooker.
  • Onion Soup Mix: Those little packets that you have shoved back in your pantry…break one out for these beans!
  • Baked Beans: I know it seems weird to have an ingredient that is also the name of the recipe…but we’re starting out with canned baked beans and adding tons of flavor! Because who really just eats baked beans straight form the can…
  • Bacon: Lots of crispy, cooked bacon is stirred into these beans for tons of crunch and flavor.
  • BBQ Sauce: You can use your favorite brand here, mild or spicy!
  • Brown Sugar: We added brown sugar to sweeten up these baked beans, making them super addicting for all ages.

How Can You Tell When Baked Beans Are Done?

Since we’re using canned beans for this recipe, really all you need to do is warm the ingredients up. So, even though the flavor will get better as these beans cook together with the beef, bacon and bbq sauce, they’re really “done” after a few hours of warming through.

But do let these crock pot baked beans go the full 6 hours if you have the time to let them cook, because the flavor will be so much better.

Buddha's Baked Beans are everyone's favorite BBQ side dish recipe!

How to Make These Baked Beans On The Stove Top & In the Oven

Yep. This is the most flexible side dish recipe ever. So depending on your party needs, we’ll tell you how to make these loaded baked beans all 3 ways!

Stove Top Instructions:

Add all the ingredients (ground beef already browned) to a large pot or dutch oven. Stir together to combine and let the beans simmer for at least an hour until warmed though. Keeping the beans on low heat until your ready or even during your party will only make them taste better!

Oven Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add all the ingredients (ground beef already browned) to a large oven proof pot or dutch oven and stir to combine.

Cover the pot with a lid or tightly with foil and place in the oven for 1-2 hours, stirring during cooking. Keep the baked beans in the oven on low (200-250) to keep warm until ready to serve and/or during your party.

All I can tell you is that these beans are epic. One bite and you’ll never heat up beans from the can again!

What Can I Make For Dinner To Go With These Baked Beans?

Like I said, you can eat these beans just for dinner – but here are some dinner ideas to go along with baked beans!

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Buddha's Baked Beans are everyone's favorite BBQ side dish!

Buddha’s Baked Beans

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Buddha’s Baked Beans are the best baked bean recipe you’ll ever make! These slow cooker baked beans are loaded with beef and bacon so they eat like a meal!



  • 3 (41 oz.) cans baked beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 (2.6 oz) package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned and grease drained
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped


  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Stir and cook on low setting for 6 hours or on high setting for 3.
  3. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baked beans recipe, baked beans, slow cooker baked beans, crock pot baked beans recipe, baked beans with bacon, homemade baked beans, side dish recipe, baked beans from scratch

Here’s the slow cooker we used for this recipe!

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    1. Dan

      Yes, the brand I used was 41 ounces, 2 lbs. 9 ounces. If your brand doesn’t have that exact measurement just find the closest you can!

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