Hearty Baked Beans

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My friend Larry called these “the best baked beans I ever had.” Perhaps he was extra hungry. Or maybe he was appreciating food he didn’t have to make himself. Nevertheless, he’s a wonderful cook so I’m believing it. Here is the recipe as promised.

Since they contain ground beef and sausage, these beans are a meal in their own right. They’re also a tasty side for steaks, pork chops, burgers, etc. Serve them at your next cook-out. Take them to a potluck. Or fix them for a sick neighbor or friend.

My favorite way to eat them is with potato chips using the beans as a dip.

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Hearty Baked Beans
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 12
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Well-seasoned baked beans are taken to a new level with the addition of ground beef and hot sausage.
  • 5-6 slices bacon
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound sausage (I like the HOT variety)
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped (I like the red ones best)
  • 2 16-ounce cans pork and beans
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In large skillet, fry bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and discard grease.
  2. In same skillet, brown ground meat, draining off excess fat. Add onions and bell peppers. Cook until vegetables soften. Add pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the meat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer beans to greased 2-quart dish. Crumble bacon over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow to stand an additional 10 minutes before serving.
*Cheap pork and beans work best as they tend to contain more liquid making the beans "juicier" after baked. *Baking time will vary according to the depth of the baking dish you choose. Flatter dishes require less time. Beans will thicken some after removing from oven.

Other side dishes you might enjoy:

Roasted Eggplant and Potatoes

Green Chili and Yellow Squash Combo

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Cheri October 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Made this tonight for church pot luck tomorrow. Not sure it will make it to the pot luck! The family has already eaten a fair share of it. YUMMY! Thanks for sharing.


Paula October 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

You’re welcome Cheri. Good choice for a potluck.


Diana November 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Hi Paula, this is Diana from TasteSpotting!

These beans sound amazing! The perfect thing to warm up with on a cool fall day. 🙂 Have you thought about submitting the recipe for the $1000 grand prize in TasteSpotting’s Johnsonville Sausage recipe contest? You can find out more details here – http://www.tastespotting.com/features/sausagespotting-win-1500-dollars-johnsonville-recipe-contest

Would love to have you participate – cheers!


Steak Enthusiast August 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Wow! This recipe is so amazing (and so are your photos) that I had to share it with my blog readers, too! I know they will love it as much as I do. Thanks for the recipe!


Larry August 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I just made the beans and while putting them together, I discovered I was out of Brown Sugar. Too tired to go to the store, I used Maple Syrup and they are still better than mine and a lot easier. I normally start with dried beans, but why bother?


Paula August 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Larry, I’ve tried starting with dried beans several times too. But they are never quite as good. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. You said it right, “Why bother?”


Debbie July 31, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Recipe looks great and very similar to one that I make with turkey products rather than beef. I use ground turkey, turkey bacon, baked beans as well as kidney and butter beans. May not sound as good but the other items make the dish very good- or at least we think so!!


Zorana July 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm

This pictures is making me hungry. Adding bacon is a great idea!


Susie July 27, 2010 at 9:53 am

your favorite grandson would LOVE these!


mike July 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I haven’t had baked beans in….. [that long]. Wow, what a great way to spice up some regular cans of beans. I especially love the hot sausage and the bacon. I bet it’s even good cold – as a dip! Love the action shot!


Jeannette July 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm

this looks fantastic!! reminds me of chili! I’d scoop it with fritos scoops!! yum-o!


TheKitchenWitch July 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

My daddy would love these beans! I’m definitely making them the next time my folks are up for lunch!


Paula July 22, 2010 at 4:07 am

this sounds interesting! looks really yummy!

Have a nice day!


Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen July 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Whenever there is a family picnic, I am appointed to bring the beans. I will try this recipe, I am sure they will all love it! Nice photos!


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