The Best Baked Beans

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

The Best Baked Beans the-girl-who-ate-everything.comBaked beans have never been something that I have to have but homemade baked beans are always a menu item essential to any BBQ or potluck.

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 Best Baked Beans

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! If you’re looking for the best homemade baked bean recipe to eat, look no further. This is the one!

The Best Baked Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
  • 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
  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

The Best Baked Beans - hearty and thick and always a winner.

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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

  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?

  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 There is now a contest for “Your Best Recipe with Beans.” Check it out.

  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!!

  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!

  28. Can you cook this in a crockpot also ?

  29. I must say this sauce is really delish. I didn’t intend to make baked beans. I put the beans on to cook and forgot them and took a nap. When I woke up and went into the kitchen I remembered the beans. There wasn’t a drop of water in the pot. So I ran and got on Pinterest. Found this recipe and made the sauce and it turned out great. Just enough sauce to cover the beans. All I did was heat them up and they’re ready to eat! Taste great!

  30. Valerie Rankin says:

    These are amazing! I’m making them today for what is probably the 5th time since I found the recipe towards the end of last year. Any time we have a family get-together now, my family requests that I make them.

  31. Made these tonight for hubby and I they truly are the best baked beans, had left overs put them in freezer for another dinner maybe with a tossed salad. Very hardy thank you for the recipe.

  32. Do you need to drain the cans of pork and beans beforehand or use the liquid in the cans as well?

  33. Your baked beans sauce seems very nice. This type of baked beans can be preseve and frozen like other baked beans were, can’t it?

  34. Made these for Memorial Day BBQ and now 4th of July bbq. Sooo good!!

  35. I tried these beans for Father’s Day and they were delicious! I plan on making them for my daughter’s first birthday party as well. Can I prep these the night before and cook them the next day?

  36. Ok to use a foil pan?

  37. These sound & look delicious. I’ll be making these next Saturday night for my pastor’s surprise 80th birthday gathering! Can’t wait to eat them! 😊

  38. Completely awesome, best beans I have ever eaten!

  39. Zan Campbell-Vincent says:

    Found your recipe when searching for last-minute potluck ideas. They smell amazing! My wife’s coworkers are going to love these. Thank you!