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Classic Baked Beans

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 8 hours


  • 2 1/2 cups navy beans, dried
  • 1 pound bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cups water, hot
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp sugar, brown
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp mustard, Dijon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper, ground


  • Place the dry navy beans in a large pot with 6 cups of water or enough water to cover two inches above the beans.
  • Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave the beans covered for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add the bacon and the onions to the bottom of a large crock pot.
  • Drain the beans and discard the soaking water. Add the beans to the crock pot.
  • Whisk together the hot water, tomato paste, brown sugar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Pour into the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours


Simply omit bacon to make this recipe vegetarian/vegan.