My Smoky and Sweet Vegetarian Crock Pot Baked Beans are scratch-made, packed with protein and flavor!
Since I don’t eat traditional meat cookout dishes, it’s always the side dishes that have been memorable for me at a party. For some reason, I’ve always enjoyed Baked Beans… as long as the version being served isn’t laced with pork :-). If they are homemade they can be quite a treat!
With that in mind, if you are hosting any last summer cookouts or getting ready for a a fabulous football spread (ahhhh Florida football starts THIS weekend!) my Crock Pot Vegetarian Baked Beans are the way to go! They are a great addition to any party spread really.
And since they are made in the Crock Pot you can keep the rest of your oven empty for other dishes you want to make. OR just not turn it on at all if it’s still pretty toasty where you live.
I had originally made these babies many moons ago for my good friend Sara’s surprise Birthday party. They were a hit!
The smoky and sweet comes from adding some chipolte in adobe sauce AND just a little brown sugar to get that traditional sweet taste.
If you don’t want to add brown sugar you can sub coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey or leave it out. It’s not a lot of sugar, so I’m ok with the addition. I like the way the flavors play off each other and brown sugar is such a traditional flavor in baked beans.
You might also notice I mixed up the beans! Instead of doing just traditional white beans I added some red kidney beans and black beans. Since this is a Crock Pot Vegetarian Baked Beans version without the traditional meat flavoring, I wanted to add a little more umf to the recipe.
I also started out my version with dried beans, but they do take a LONG time to cook and you must plan ahead to soak them the night before. If you are short on time or just don’t want to deal with it, you can easily substitute canned beans. You will need to reduce the cooking time. I’ll put some notes about that in the actual recipe.
Either way, these babies are pretty tasty! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself going back for more.