Best Homemade Baked Beans [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Baked Beans are the only recipe you are going to want to make. This easy dinner brings the cozy feeling straight to your belly by using this recipe to make it from scratch.

This recipe is such a staple in our house, and we make it very often because they are the best-baked beans recipe you can get. You can enjoy it as is, or serve with some meatloaf, barbecue ribs, or fried chicken.

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

Baked Beans are so much fun to make and so nostalgic. We love it so much because it makes us think of family time and camping. Whenever our family or friends would go camping, we would always have these with us. So this is the perfect opportunity to be able to make them at home.

The secret to making the perfect recipe is by using a variety of beans with bacon, then adding a little bit of brown sugar to them. As a result, you will have the epitome of a family classic.

We enjoy this recipe because it is so flavorful, with a sweet note to it. Also, it is very versatile and goes well with different meals. Personally, we prefer them as a side dish, but you can serve them as a main dish as well.

The best part about this being a side dish is that it can be served with absolutely anything. With the main course being any sort of meat it will also bring the south straight to your home. Don’t forget all of the flavors are in the bacon add some brown sugar and voila, you have exactly what gives them that delicious taste.

How do you make baked beans from scratch?

This is one of the easiest and most rewarding homemade recipes you can make.

  • Simply start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees, then put bacon in a large skillet and cook it.
  • After that cook onion, garlic and bell peppers.
  • In a large bowl add all of the ingredients and mix it well.
  • Next, pour all the everything into a baking pan and cover it with foil, then bake it for an hour in the oven.
  • Take the foil off and bake it for an additional ten minutes after the hour is up.

Best Baked Beans

Are beans good for you?

They can be good for you if you do not add any ingredients that are high in calories and low in nutrients. Because this classic recipe has added sweetness to them and also fatty meat, they tend to be higher in calories and lower in nutrients.

To make them more on a healthier side, try to reduce the brown sugar in them and also skip the bacon. That way, you will have a perfectly healthy meal.

How long do you bake beans in the oven?

Baking them in the oven is very simple and easy. We usually bake them for about one hour at 350 degrees F.

How to make beans in a crockpot?

  • Drain all the liquid from the beans then place them in the crockpot.
  • Then, add the rest of the ingredient to it.
  • Cover them and cook it on low heat for about 4 to 6  hours and stir them occasionally if you so desire. It is not necessary for you to stir them, but it is a good idea to do so.

How to make beans in the Instant Pot?

Making this dish in the Instant Pot is fast and easy, resulting in some of the best beans imaginable. We are making them regularly in the Instant Pot, and love how they always turn out. You can check the step by step recipe with video by clicking on this link.

Baked Beans with Bacon

Can I make this recipe on the stovetop?

Absolutely. Just add all the ingredients to a large dutch oven and cover and simmer for about an hour, or until completely cooked.

What is the difference between Boston and baked beans

Classic “baked” beans are put in a stew or some type of sauce and do not have any molasses, salt or pork. Meanwhile, Boston “baked” beans are made with a sauce that contains molasses and salt pork.

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Easy BBQ Baked Beans
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 10 minutes Total time: 1 hr 40 mins


  • 8  bacon slices  (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1  sweet onion  (finely diced)
  • 1/2  red bell pepper  (cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1/2  yellow bell pepper  (cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 2  cans  (15 oz baked beans)
  • 2  cans  (15 oz red kidney beans, drained and rinsed)


  • 3/4 cup  ketchup 
  • 2 tablespoons  sweet chili sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  liquid smoke  (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon  white vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon  yellow mustard 
  • 2 tablespoons  tomato paste 
  • 1 tablespoon  smoked paprika 
  • 1 cup  BBQ sauce  (we used with bourbon based)
  • 1  can  (4 oz diced green chiles, optional keep in mind they are spicy)
  • 1/2 cup  light brown sugar  (packed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Kosher salt 


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or a large casserole dish and set aside.
  3. Combine all the "SAUCE" ingredients in a bowl, stir well and set aside.
  4. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and once hot, cook the bacon in batches. Add just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook on both sides for 3-4 minutes, or until crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. Drain the fat leaving in about 2 tablespoons. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until soft. Add the chopped bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes, or until just tender.
  6. Add the beans to a large bowl, add the mixed Sauce, add the bacon, and the sauteed veggies. Stir to combine well.
  7. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for one hour.
  8. Uncover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.
Calories: 276 Carbohydrates: 42 Protein: 4 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 14 Sodium: 990 Potassium: 373 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 35 Vitamin A: 945 Vitamin C: 27.4 Calcium: 41 Iron: 1.1
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Chrissie Baker

love baked beans recipes, especially since my diet requires regular legumes, and I’m kinda sick of my pinto bean recipe, so thank you for this!



These are pretty much my go-to summer side dish for all the potlucks and picnics our family attends. everyone always loves them.



We love baked beans so I need to try your recipe soon! It looks perfect!


Alyssa Brantley

This is comfort food for the win! Looks so cozy and delicious!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This looks incredibly delicious! This is seriously making me hungry!


Katerina @ diethood .com

My family would love this!! It sounds incredible!



I love a good pot of beans! Perfect for our Summer BBQ's!


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