Best Baked Beans in the Universe

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July 15, 2017

Best Baked Beans in the Universe 3 0 5 3

You'll never eat canned baked beans again after trying this rich and saucy home-made version.

  • Prep: 12 hrs
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • 12 hrs

    8 hrs

    20 hrs

  • Yields: 1.5L beans, approx 8-10 serves.


2 cups navy (haricot) beans soaked overnight, then boiled for 30 minutes (to reduce gas)

880g can crushed tomato

1 bacon or ham hock

2 tablespoons oregano

2 tablespoons sweet paprika

1 tablespoon ground cumin

750mL water (add to slow cooker - this isn't the water to soak beans in)


1Soak the beans overnight in cold water. Next day, bring the beans to the boil for 30 minutes. This helps make the beans more digestible. Drain the beans.

2Mix all the ingredients in the slow cooker.

3Cook on low for 8 hours, stirring occasionally.

4Remove the crackling (skin) and the bones when finished and break up the meat.

Nutrition notes:

1The meat can be left out, but the beans should be served with bread or rice to ensure "complete" protein is consumed within the same meal.

2Total cost per serve approx $0.80 or $1.00 with toast or rice.

3Low in salt.


1Makes approx 1.5L beans, or 8-10 serves.

2Prep time includes overnight soak and 30 minutes cook. Vegetarian option: remove hock. Left-overs can be frozen... if you have any.

Submitted by Jenny Semmler


4 Reviews


August 31, 2020

I made these using another type of white bean and it turned out so watery. Tasted great though. I will try again with navy beans.

Darren Comley

December 30, 2018

Thanks for a great recipe Jenny!! A really authentic taste without all the bad stuff that comes in the store varieties,. I had a ham hock, bought some beans and threw a few extras in – some leftover bbq sausage, red onions and garlic powder. Will not need to buy baked beans again, as I doubled the batch and have enough frozen for a long time.

Noel blake

July 29, 2017



July 21, 2017

Was the 750ml water meant to be used to soak the beans? Maybe I’m a dummy because I added it to the slow cooker (the instructions didn’t specify). So it turned out way too watery, not at all saucy and there was very little flavour (maybe it was all lost in the water). I might try again without adding the water.

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