Recipes Side Dishes

Last updated on December 30th, 2023 at 01:24 pm

Jump to Recipe

Best Homemade Baked Beans [Video]

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 it with some meatloaf, barbecue ribs, or fried chicken.

Easy Baked Beans Recipe

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.

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

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?

  1. Drain all the liquid from the beans then place them in the crockpot.
  2. Then, add the rest of the ingredients to it.
  3. Cover them and cook them 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.

Also, if you are looking for a delicious bean dinner cooked in the slow cooker, Slow Cooker Rice and Beans are full of flavor and so easy to make!

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.

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.

More bean recipes:

Easy BBQ Baked Beans

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.

Baked Beans Recipe
  • Prep Time30 MIN
  • Cook Time1H 10 MIN
  • Servings 8 servings


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or a large casserole dish and set aside.
  • Combine all the "SAUCE" ingredients in a bowl, stir well and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the beans to a large bowl, add the mixed Sauce, add the bacon, and the sauteed veggies. Stir to combine well.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for one hour.
  • Uncover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts


Already made this?
Share your feedback


Angela Ricardo Bethea

Angela Ricardo Bethea

What an interesting and informative post. Never really knew that much info about baked beans but definitely a favorite dish in the house.



I could not wait for our annual family reunion, my aunt always makes homemade bake bean's which was amazing, I will have to try to make this recipe for my next family bbq. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.



Sounds like a homerun side dish to me. I love me a good side dish (way more than the main dish most of the time).

Lavanda Michelle

Lavanda Michelle

The mix of beans, bacon, and that sweet touch of brown sugar is amazing! Can't wait to try it!

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.