The Best Baked Beans

This recipe for baked beans is hearty and thick. Bring these to your next potluck and everyone will agree that these are the best baked beans.

Baked beans have never been something that I have to have. I have one recipe on this blog for baked beans and it’s my friend Heidi’s Famous Baked Beans. They’re fabulous which is why I didn’t feel the need to ever look for another recipe. Everyone that makes them, loves them. Heidi’s recipe however doesn’t have beef in it, so I feel like there’s also room for this recipe which has a whopping pound and a half of savory beef. The sauce is a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and spicy brown mustard. The sauce blends beautifully in the oven, simmering away for 45 minutes. Add this to your Fourth of July menu!The Best Baked Beans the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThe Best Baked Beans the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

The Best Baked Beans
 
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 (16-oz) cans pork and beans
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon, cut into pieces and cooked
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan brown the ground beef. When beef is about halfway done add the onions and bell peppers. Continue to cook until beef is done and the veggies are soft. Drain meat mixture.
  3. Add the pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the mixture. Simmer mixture for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top of the casserole. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let dish sit for 10 minutes before serving.
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  1. All lovely recipes. Thanks so much. Happy 4th to you and your family.

  2. You call Heidi’s Baked Beans ‘meatless’, with pork and bacon in it? πŸ˜‰

    • No Ina, these aren’t the vegetarian beans, which are named Heidi’s Baked Beans. This recipe for beans WITH meat is a different recipe than the vegetarian one, thus has a completely different name. They are Best Baked Beans. Hope that clears things up for you!

  3. Oh my these look delicious, and great timing! I am always searching for good baked beans to take to cookouts, and always end up with canned (shhhhh). I’ll definitely try these this year!

  4. Im pinning this to make next time we cook out! These look a billion times better than the canned ones that I serve!

  5. These look and sound fabulous. The only thing they are missing is a little crushed pineapple! Try it, you’ll love it. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Wow! Although I am not a fan of baked beans, I can say that I would love to try these. They seem to be delicious. Thanks for sharing from 3girls1apple.com

  7. Baked beans are such a staple at all cookouts, I can’t wait to try these!

  8. The only baked beans I’ve ever had are those from the Heinz can. These look SO much better haha! No comparison. I love the bacon bits πŸ™‚

  9. This sounds so yummy but I’d like to try it in a slow cooker as it’s sooo hot hot now.Do you think this will adapt well?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Yes! I definitely think you could do it in the slow cooker.

    • Please, if you use the crock pot please cook them on a very low temperature. If they are cooked too hot they will get mushy…..you’ll end up with a look of re-fried beans!! =(

  10. Baked beans make the best side dish for summer barbecues. I could probably eat that whole dish myself!

  11. I love baked beans – these sound great!

  12. Well I am a fan of baked beans. These look like winning recipe to me. I suspect they taste like a winning recipe. Of course as you know they are perfect for summer barbies, but wow with fresh bread and a salad what a great comfort fall and winter dish too.

  13. Great! Thanks for sharing the recipes of your very own Baked Beans. I tried it yesterday together with my friends and they really loved it. This is timely since I’m going to organize another wedding event and I will definitely include this in the list of menu.

  14. My aunt used to make this recipe for July 4th get-togethers all the time! I love these beans… I have this recipe hand-written out, but I’m going to pin it! Thank you!

  15. just wondering do you cook the bacon first??

  16. Do you think I could make these ahead of time, refrigerate and pop them in the oven when it’s time to make them? Would I need a longer cooking time?

    • Regine Cineas says:

      Jenny, I don’t see why not. You could even freeze it, I think. But i would maybe put the bacons last minute. See my prior comment.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Maybe 5 minutes longer. Like said in the comments, I wouldn’t add the bacon until right before baking.

  17. Regine Cineas says:

    I bought all ingredients yesterday to make tonight. But I myself love Bush baked beans. So I bought that brand, and the vegetarians ones not the ones with pork, since the recipe already contains ground beef and bacon. Also, I will wait until the foil is removed and there is only 10 minutes left to bake in oven, to add the bacon. I love my bacon really crispy, and I guess that if I put it earlier some of the crispyness will go away. Don’t you think? Also, you should put your recipe in FOOD52.com. There is now a contest for “Your Best Recipe with Beans.” Check it out.
    https://food52.com/blog/12207-our-latest-contest-your-best-recipe-with-beans

  18. Can you make it and leave out the hamburger if you want them as a side dish and don’t want too much meat?

  19. just made them they didn’t get thick at all and the bacon didn’t seem to get crispy (I left it in for over 5 min more) but they taste soooo good

  20. So this is basically canned beans with some added ingredients

  21. Rebecca haggard says:

    To make these even better, instead of using hamburger I used jimmy dean hot sausage. Yummy

  22. Omg! I made these for a BBQ and they were the best baked beans I have ever had. I highly recommend!

  23. I made this yesterday for a late mothers day dinner for my family and it was a HUGE hit! Suggestion.. I would use less brown sugar bc it’s really sweet AND I found that the more bacon the better ☺️

  24. Do you think these would freeze well? And if I did freeze them, I’m assuming it would be before baking,, right? And then add the bacon in after they are thawed and just before baking? Thank you! I can’t wait to try these!

  25. Hi there! I want to make this delicious looking recipe for my 4th of July cookout and I was wondering about how many people this would feed?

  26. This may be a silly question, as I’ve never made baked beans before, but do you drain the meat and veggie mixture before adding the pork and beans? Thanks!!

    • Yes Megan you definitely drain the meat and veggies before moving on to the rest of the steps! I’ve made this mistake several times cooking other things, and they were just a big greasy mess! i always drain the grease unless the recipe specifically says not to lol.

    • Yes, you should drain the meat. I usually use pretty lean meat so I don’t have to drain it but if you have a fattier beef you will definitely want to drain it.

  27. These beans were sooooo good! Just remember to cook the bacon pieces before you sprinkle them on top of the beans, and the liquid will thicken right up when you uncover the dish for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking. Just follow the recipe, easy and delicious! My new go to baked beans! Thanks a bunch!