Better Than Best Baked Beans!

Recipe by Cathy17
READY IN: 4hrs 30mins


  • 1
    lb bacon
  • 2
    large onions, chopped
  • 4
    (28 ounce) cans baked beans, any flavor, I use Bushes
  • 14
    cup ketchup (more or less to taste)
  • 2
    cups chunky salsa, I use Chi Chi's or Pace (mild, medium or hot to taste, I use hot)
  • 2
    2 tablespoons honey or 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 2
    tablespoons ground cumin (to taste, I free sprinkle it and add more to taste as it slo cooks)
  • 1
    tablespoon red chili pepper flakes, or to taste


  • Fry bacon in frying pan.
  • I cut into bite sized pieces with scissors before frying.
  • As bacon fries, chop onions.
  • When bacon is finished, remove from pan,drain and wrap in paper towels to absorb grease.
  • Saute onions in bacon fat til translucent.
  • Pour into strainer, but not necessary to rinse or pat with paper towel.
  • For me, straining is enough.
  • Pour canned beans into 6 Qt Crockpot.
  • Stir in bacon, onions, ketchup, Salsa, Brown Sugar and cumin, mixing very well.
  • Stir often.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours, then switch to low for another two hours, well ahead of serving as it tastes even better the longer you allow the flavors to blend together.
  • If I'm making them for a party, I make them early morning for that night or even the night before, cooking overnight in the crockpot.
  • They will stay hot for a long time and you can just turn the crockpot back on a couple hours before serving.
  • I taste them often as they're cooking and add more salsa and/or cumin to taste.
  • We like to taste the cumin, but if you don't that's ok.
  • Recipe is easily halved or doubled.
  • I never measure anything- I add all ingredients for our taste preferences.
  • Freezes VERY well and you can reheat in microwave or in crockpot once thawed.
  • Leftovers are great the next day!