Baked beans are an iconic Summer food and this easy Baked Beans Recipe is exactly what you need at your next potluck! Be the envy of your friends’ picnic. And in the unlikely event that they’re not all eaten, you can save the leftovers for later.

Baked Beans in white pan

So whether you’re looking for an easy side dish for your family’s dinner, or something for your picnic, this is the best baked beans recipe. Baked beans are an essential part of any Summer meal, so it’s good to have a recipe on hand. This recipe feeds between six and eight people. 

In addition to this Baked Beans Recipe, the Simple Easy Creative Magazine Summer edition has 9 other recipes that are perfect for potlucks or picnics. 

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Ingredients for Baked Beans

Baked Beans Recipe

While the list of ingredients in this recipe are traditional, the flavor combination and the variety of beans makes it one that your family will ask for again and again. 

Ingredients

  • Beans – traditional pork and beans, pinto beans and kidney beans – you can certainly leave any of these beans out, however the combination really creates an unique flavor
  • Bacon – not only does this baked beans recipe have bacon, but it’s fried until it’s crisp prior to adding to the recipe, giving it even more flavor
  • Green Pepper – again, you can leave the pepper out, but the flavor does add a richness to the beans
  • Onion – the onion and pepper are cooked ahead in the bacon grease, giving them even more flavor
  • Barbecue Sauce and Brown Mustard – these give the beans a hint of spice to the flavors
  • Ketchup – adds more depth to the flavor
  • Brown Sugar – adds a little sweetness to the recipe
  • Worcestershire Sauce – adds even more depth of flavor

Kitchen Essentials Needed

  • 13×9 Baking Dish
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Small Bowl
  • Small Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Knife
  • Pan for frying bacon, onion and green pepper
  • Colander to drain and rinse beans

Baked Beans ingredients in bowls

How to make the BEST Baked Beans Recipe

You may ask what makes this recipe so delicious? What sets it above the rest? Well, we’d like to think it’s the bacon. There’s only a few slices, but that’s all you need to add a little bit of salt and adds flavor without overpowering the rest of the dish.

Most recipes have only one type of bean; ours has three. The different textures and flavors this brings makes this dish so delicious!

Step 1

  • Drain and rinse beans and add to large bowl
  • Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry in a pan on the stove, remove and set aside
  • Saute onions and green peppers in bacon grease until soft, about 5 minutes

Baked beans in bowl with bacon and onions

The other outstanding feature of this recipe is the onions and green peppers. They add depth to the flavor profile that this dish has. The flavor these provide are different, yet they blend into the dish seamlessly.

Step 2

  • Add cooked bacon, onions and peppers to the beans

Sauce for Baked Beans Recipe

Step 3

  • In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard and Worcestershire Sauce

Baked Beans Recipe in bowl

Step 4

  • Stir the sauce mixture into the beans

Baked Beans in pan ready for oven

Step 5

  • And last, add the beans to the 13 x 9 baking dish that has been lightly greased

Overall, this easy baked beans recipe can be made without any hassle. It’s a side dish that my family loves, and so I’m sure your family will love it too! Use it for dinner at home, a company potluck, any summer occasion!

Baked Bean Recipe

 

Baked Beans Recipe – Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make this dish spicier/sweeter?

We believe this recipe hits the right balance between spicy and sweet. However, if you want to experiment, you can adjust the levels of sauce you put in. For sweeter beans, try a bit more brown sugar. For spicier ones, use more mustard and Worcestershire sauce.

How can I easily transport the dish?

For transporting the beans from home to a potluck, you can use several means of transportation. A crock pot is the safest bet, both retaining heat and safely holding the dish. If you don’t have one on hand (but you really should) you can use an aluminum pan with foil covering it, just be sure it’s very sturdy. 

Can I prepare these baked beans in a crock pot?

If you want to use a crock pot instead of the oven, just follow the same instructions, but instead of placing them in the oven for an hour, put the beans in a crock pot on low heat for about five hours or until the beans are tender. 

What can I serve with this dish?

So what pairs well with this recipe? What other foods complement it well? You’ll need a main dish to side up to.

For that we recommend either our All American Barbecue Burger or our Southwestern Pork Kabobs. Both recipes are great spotlights for your summer meals, and this baked beans recipe of ours pairs with either one perfectly. You’ll probably need a refreshing drink to top it all off, and for that we suggest our recipe for Lemonade

Baked Beans on 4th of July Table

What to serve with Baked Beans

For the Simple Easy Creative Magazine, we shared a 4th of July Party Table complete with all the recipes and FREE Printables – keeping it all very easy! 

Main Food

  • Hot Dogs with Toppings
  • Baked Beans Recipe
  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Fruit Dip + Tray
  • Corn on the Cob

Treats

  • 4th of July Cupcakes
  • Patriotic Snack Mix
  • Candy Tray

Printables – you can grab them for FREE right here

Included in this set of 4th of July Printables are – 

  • Cupcake Toppers
  • Cupcake Wrappers
  • Tented Cards
  • Gift Cards
  • Drink Flags
  • Treat Buckets
  • Lollipop Covers
  • Bottle Labels
  • Treat Bags Toppers

Baked Beans in white pan

Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This baked beans recipe is exactly what you need at your next potluck! A little spicy - a little sweet with three varieties of beans.

Ingredients

  • 3 slices Bacon, diced
  • 1 cup (medium) Onion, diced finely
  • ½ cup Green Pepper, diced finely
  • 2 cans (15 oz) Pork and Beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 oz) Pinto Beans, drained
  • 1 can (16 oz) Red Kidney Beans, drained
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Mustard, spicy brown or yellow
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Finely chop onions and green peppers in a food processor or with knife
  4. Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry in a pan on the stove, remove and set aside
  5. Saute onions and green peppers in bacon grease until soft, about 5 minutes
  6. Drain Pinto and Kidney Beans and rinse
  7. In a large bowl, combine all beans, bacon, onions and peppers
  8. In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard and Worcestershire Sauce.
  9. Stir mixture into the beans
  10. Place beans mixture into a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish.
  11. Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour
  12. Remove foil and continue cooking for 30 minutes or until bubbly and beans are soft
  13. Serve immediately
  14. Store leftovers in refrigerator

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