The best-baked beans and I’m not just saying it. They are darn right delicious! Sweet and tangy, with a smokey flavor from the bacon. Makes a wonderful side dish or truly makes a fabulous main course. Serve with some coleslaw and you’ll be set. This is my go-to recipe for beans. Each serving, 214 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 3 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 8 Green.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time Crock-Pot: 3 ½ hours on high heat and 7 hours on low heat
Cook Time Instant Pot: 25 minutes
4 bacon slices, uncured, no nitrates, see shopping tips
1 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 (15.5 oz )can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15.5 oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15.5 z) can northern beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup ketchup
¾ cup water
⅓ cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1. Cook bacon and onions in a skillet over medium-high heat, until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon and dice. Add to crock-pot or instant-pot along with the onions, including bacon drippings from pan.
2.To Make in Crock-Pot: Add the remaining ingredients to the crock-pot and stir them together well. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 to 7 hours or 3 ½ hours on high heat. Stir before serving.
3. To Make in Instant Pot: Add the remaining ingredients to the insert of the instant pot and stir them together well. Place the lid and lock. Set to manual, high pressure, and set for 8 minutes. Once finished, natural pressure for about 10-15 minutes, then quick release. Stir before serving.
4. This recipe keeps in the fridge for several days. You might need to add a little water when heating. The beans tend to absorb the liquid once refrigerated. Happily, this recipe freezes great, too!
Makes 8 servings. Each serving, ⅔ cup.
There are numerous brands in the supermarket that make uncured, no-nitrites bacon. It’s such a healthier choice. Trader Joe’s has one too.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 3-Blue
WW SmartPoints 7-Green
WW Points Plus 5
|SKINNY FACTS: for ⅔ cup serving
214 calories, 1g fat, 0g sat fat, 1g chol, 11g prot, 44g carbs, 11g fiber, 409mg sod, 13g sugar
|FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
66 calories, 0g sat. fat, 2g protein, 8g sugar