I made these delicious baked beans for the 4th of July bash we have at our house every year.  Everyone said they were the “best darn baked beans,” so I decided to call them that.  They started more as a “creation” and morphed into these deliciously sweet and tangy baked beans that our guests were begging to take home.  I hope you enjoy them!

The Best Darn Baked Beans | Mini Van Dreams

Best Darn Baked Beans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 0kcal
Author Julia - www.minivandreams.com


  • 1/2 pound bacon OR 1/2 pound ground pork not sausage
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon dried mustard
  • 2 cans tomato paste divided (for thickening)
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 can regular root beer not diet
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons locally sourced honey
  • 1 large can Bush's baked beans country-style
  • 1 regular can chili beans with sauce drained but not rinsed
  • 1 regular can Northern beans drained but not rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Brown pork or fry bacon with onions in pan until pork is done or bacon is desired crispness. Drain grease.
  • Prepare crock pot by spraying with cooking spray.
  • Place all ingredients in the crock pot, except tomato paste, stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Allow to cook on low for approximately 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • About an hour prior to serving, check consistency of the beans. If it is too thin/soupy, add one can of tomato paste and stir to incorporate. Allow to heat for 10 minutes or so. If still thin/soup, add the second can of tomato paste. In the rare instance the beans are too thick, stir water OR root beer 1/2 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Taste test before serving to adjust tangyness or sweetness to your desired flavor. More tang: add more yellow mustard. More sweet: add more brown sugar.
  • Serve with hot sauce, if desired


If you are a vegetarian, feel free to substitute the pork or bacon with soy crumbles or omit the meat all together.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg


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