This easy Baked Beans recipe is hearty and thick with tender beans. Bring these to your next potluck or BBQ and everyone will agree that this is a great recipe! They are the perfect side dish to ham, burgers, hot dogs, and fit for an occasion like Easter, Fourth of July, or Christmas

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BAKED BEAN RECIPE

Homemade baked beans are always a menu item essential to any BBQ or potluck. I have one recipe on this blog for easy 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.

The only difference that is notable in this recipe from Heidi’s recipe is this recipe has beef in it. This recipe has a whopping pound and a half of savory beef which means it goes a long way and feeds a lot of people. 

HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS

My sister who loves easy recipes, has a trick where she just buys canned baked beans and puts them in a slow cooker like she made them herself! Guess what? I can tell for sure and I’m sure most people can tell that they aren’t homemade. Gigs up sis.

WHY I LIKE THESE

This are the best baked beans recipe and are my favorite beans for feeding a crowd. They start with canned beans and have a spicy brown mustard instead of a yellow mustard or dry mustard.

The bacon cooks on top and a little bacon fat cooks into the beans giving them great flavor. These have a thick sauce made with ketchup and bbq sauce.

a spoon of baked beans in a white dish

The sauce ingredients includes a savory flavor mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and spicy brown mustard.

The simple ingredients blend beautifully in the oven, simmering away for 45 minutes. Add this to your Fourth of July menu!

HOW TO MAKE BAKED BEANS

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Next, in a large skillet 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 bean mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Finally, 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.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BAKED BEANS IN A SLOW COOKER?

Make the recipe as directed then add them to a slow cooker at the end. Keep on low heat for 4-6 hours or until desired consistency.

WHAT SIDE SHOULD I BRING TO A POTLUCK?

Finally, if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this question. These hearty Baked beans are probably the most requested side at any potluck or family reunion.

However, if you are looking a couple other savory side dish options, I would suggest these classic recipes like Broccoli Salad, Cowboy Caviar, Frito Corn Dip, or this Crunchy Pea Salad.

HOW DO I TRANSPORT THIS DISH?

I would suggest transferring them to a slow cooker or crock pot to keep them warm if you’re not eating them right away.

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The Best Baked Beans

This recipe for The Best Baked Beans is hearty and thick. Bring these to your next potluck or BBQ and everyone will agree that these are the best homemade baked beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 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
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 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.

Recipe Notes

Source: The Food Network

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