Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans

Putting pineapple in baked beans may sound weird. But once you try these Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans, it will make perfect sense. This dish starts out like a typical baked bean dish, only a little bit fancier. It uses three kinds of beans—cannellini, pinto, and kidney—for a nice blend of textures. And it dresses them up with all the usual flavors you’d expect in a dish of baked beans: yellow onion, smoky bacon, tangy barbecue sauce, and a touch of ketchup and mustard.

slow cooker hawaiian baked beans in slow cooker with wooden spoon

But then comes the surprise ingredient: a whole can of pineapple chunks, juice and all. The fruity, tropical sweetness of the pineapple blends happily with all the other flavors and gives the whole dish a Hawaiian flair. It’s good all by itself and great with anything you choose to throw on the grill.

Can I use different types of beans in this recipe?

Absolutely! While this recipe uses cannellini, pinto, and kidney beans, you can experiment with navy beans, butter beans, or white beans for a unique twist.

Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned?

Yes, fresh pineapple chunks can be used. Just make sure to include a little bit of pineapple juice to maintain the right balance of flavors.

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ingredients for slow cooker Hawaiian baked beans
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-5  days in a covered airtight container.
  • If your baked beans are slightly runny, you can cook them on high for an extra 15-20 minutes with the lid off to thicken up the sauce.
ingredients for slow cooker hawaiian baked beans

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans

  1. Rinse and drain beans and place into the bottom of a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cook and dice your bacon and add to the slow cooker.
  3. Optional, saute your onions in some of the leftover bacon grease for several minutes to add flavor. Add cooked onions to the slow cooker.
  4. Add your remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine.slow cooker hawaiian baked beans
  5. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.cooked baked beans in slow cooker
  6. Serve immediately or keep on warm until ready to serve, enjoy!slow cooker hawaiian baked beans in a bowl
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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans

Putting pineapple in baked beans may sound weird. But once you try these Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans, it will make perfect sense.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 28 oz can cannelli beans drained and rinsed
  • 28 oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 14 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 20 oz can pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice reserved from pineapple chunks can
  • 10 slices bacon cooked and diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Original
  • cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain beans and place into the bottom of a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Cook and dice your bacon and add to the slow cooker.
  • Optional, saute your onions in some of the leftover bacon grease for several minutes to add flavor. Add cooked onions to the slow cooker.
  • Add your remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately or keep on warm until ready to serve, enjoy!

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2 Comments

  1. fay hadler says:

    You mention brown sugar is in the recipe but it is not listed in the recipe ingredients or how much to add. . Please inform me as I want to make this dish. It sounds great.
    Thank you

    1. Sorry that was a typo in the introduction. I corrected that. The pineapple is what will give this recipe sweetness. Sorry about that Fay. I hope you love the recipe.