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

Buddha’s Baked Beans

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!

We love hearty side dishes like these baked beans! Also try our DEVILISH BUFFALO CHICKEN PASTA SALAD or our famous ROASTED BBQ POTATO SALAD at your next picnic!

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

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Once you try these Buddha’s Baked Beans, no baked beans recipe will ever be the same.

This baked beans recipe is loaded with ground beef, tons of bacon, barbecue sauce and sweet brown sugar. That’ll just give you an idea of how ridiculously delicious these beans are going to be.

Making this recipe in a slow cooker or crock pot is such an easy way to do it, especially for bbq’s or parties. You literally 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.

Win, win baked beans recipe I say.

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

This recipe is from my mom (Buddha, really Judy but that’s her nickname from my Dad) and she’s been making it for years. It’s become one of those recipe that is a standard on party menus in our family.

Easy side dishes are always a slam dunk when your planning any kind of party. And don’t think we just save this easy baked beans recipe for summer time! We’re making these beans all year long.

Game day, holidays, tailgating parties, or just a random Sunday dinner. Every time we make them we love them even more!

How Can You Tell When these 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.

Can I Make This Baked Beans Recipe On The Stove Top Or In The Oven?

Yep. This is the most flexible side dish recipe ever.

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!

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

Watch and see how easily you can whip up these baked beans for your next party!


What Can I Make 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 a baked bean recipe with two kinds of beans, beef, bacon and brown sugar

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
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


These slow cooker baked beans with bacon and ground beef is a side dish that eats 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.

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

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

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