An Easy, Delicious Baked Beans Recipe

Family and friends expect this traditional dish at summer potlucks

Here’s a simple, classic recipe for flavorful baked beans, made from scratch. While beans take several hours of soaking and cooking, supervision is minimal. Just do a little tasting and tweaking during the last hours of cooking.

Boston Baked Beans

Easy to make and tastes great! Kids expect to see this recipe at potlucks.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Soaking time 8 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 20 mins
Course Vegetables
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 crockpot


  • 3 cups pinto beans
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 14 oz. can diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb salt pork
  • 1 onion


  • Rinse beans and remove any stones. Soak overnight in cold water.
  • Drain water and cover with fresh water.
  • Cook on stove till tender, about 1 hour.
  • Drain water and place beans in crockpot.
  • Add whole onion or chopped, if you prefer.
  • Add chunks of salt pork, large enough to remove after cooking.
  • Add salt, molasses, brown sugar, tomatoes, mustard and vinegar.
  • Cook at least 4 hours, checking seasoning.
  • Remove salt pork and onion.


Instead of salt pork, you might like to use cooked, chopped bacon or sausage.
You may prefer navy beans, but I’ve always used pinto.
Keyword baked beans

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