Bacon Baked Bean Chili Freezer Meal

sweet Baked bean chili

Our family loves food but desperately needs variety. Everyone loves baked beans and I thought what about a baked bean chili. This Baked Bean Chili Freezer Meal gives you all the sweet flavor of baked beans with the consistency of chili.

 

It’s a great dish when you’re looking for a sweet and savory chili, plus I added bacon which always makes food better!

This Baked Bean Chili Freezer Meal takes minutes to prep!

 

You can easily make this a vegetarian baked bean chili by removing the bacon because there is no other meat. Freezer meals are great because of the ease they provide in cooking dinner. Just dump your freezer meal in the slow cooker and let dinner cook itself.

 

Chilis and soups are always some of the best freezer meals! This baked bean chili recipe will make any backyard bbq or cool summer night 10 times better you’re almost guaranteed to run out.

Why you will love this Baked Bean Chili Freezer Meal

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Family Friendly
  • Crowd Pleaser
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Is there beef in this baked bean chili recipe?

No, there is no beef or turkey in this recipe. You can definitely add it if you want but this recipe does not call for it. If you want a vegetarian baked bean chili you can easily remove the bacon and still enjoy an amazing sweet chili recipe with baked beans.

Ingredients you will need for this baked bean chili freezer meal.

  • bacon
  • black bean
  • baked beans
  • diced tomatoes
  • water/broth
  • celery seed
  • onion powder
  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • garlic powder

Do I need water or broth for this recipe?

Using broth as a liquid in soups always add great depth of flavor but there are so many seasonings in this soup it is not needed so if you do not have any broth you can still make this recipe using water instead.  
 

How to make the freezer meal?

SUPER EASY! Just throw everything into a gallon freezer bag to cook later or freeze and use when ready.
 

How to cook this baked bean chili recipe?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker or crock pot and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner! If you prefer to use an instant pot you can just look up conversion times. 
 
If you want an easy conversion chart for your instant pot  click here!
 
 
 

 

What kind of baked beans can I use?

Bushs baked beans are the kind that I use. But you can use your favorite baked bean for this baked bean recipe. 
 

What to serve with baked bean chili?

Serve with some fresh fruit! Not to mention this recipe goes great as an add on for any backyard bbq or summer gathering! 
 

How to store Sweet Baked Bean Chili?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make Sweet Baked Bean Chili? 👇 

Sweet Baked Bean Chili

This sweet baked bean chili freezer meal will rock your world! It's got all the best flavors of baked beans and bacon in a light chili that everyone will love.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Bean Chili Freezer Meal, Baked Bean Chili Recipe
Servings: 6
Author: Hannah Stewart

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon cooked and diced
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 28 oz can baked beans
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups broth of preference use water if out of broth
  • 1 tsp onion powder, paprika 1 tsp of each
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients together into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Ready to serve! Enjoy!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients into labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours. (May need an extra 30 minutes if completely frozen when placed in slow cooker).
  • It's ready to serve, enjoy!

Notes

  • Garnish with cheese, sour cream, fresh green onions or peppers!
  • For a kick add in a little hot sauce to your bowl. 
  • Great dish to serve for a party or family gathering!

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

We opperate under the 90/10 rule. 90 percent of the time our food is clean and healthy. All the ingredients in this soup are clean besides the canned baked beans. If you make your own baked beans this recipe is fully clean. Canned Baked beans have some added sugars so they are not completely clean but they do taste delicious. It’s all about what you’re comfortable with. 

It all depends on the type of baked bean you purchase. We bought bushs baked beans for this chili and there is a bit of sugar in it. If you’re watching your sugar intake be sure to purchase a baked bean within dietary guidelines. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

The history of baked beans can be traced back to native american tribes. They would take beans and slow cook them in bear fat and maple syrup. 

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