Best-Ever Beans and Sausage Recipe
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Best-Ever Beans and Sausage Recipe

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My wife devised this dish, which is extremely popular with our friends and family. When she asks, "What can I share?" the reply is always, "Bring your beans and sausage...and a few copies of the recipe." — Robert Saulnier, Clarksburg, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (31 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 316 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 857mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 9g fiber), 13g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add green pepper and onion; saute until tender. Drain. Add remaining ingredients.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 1 hour. Uncover. bake 20-30 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Best-Ever Beans and Sausage in Taste of Home February/March 1997, p27

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whbiii 252232
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"My grand kids loved it. I will cook this again."

mel0n 41137
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"I really liked these beans! Grandma and husband did not though, which sadly means that I probably won't be making it again. Grandma says it is a weird combination of flavors. Husband says it is too sweet. You can't win 'em all!"

Angelrider65 17958
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"made this and it tastes great..a couple people that like traditional baked beans with ground beef thrown in probably won't like it because its too much flavor for grown kids who none like baked beans , including myself really liked this..i love it because it has so much flavor and i like spicy too."

tateveco 18377
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"I have six picky kids and they all love this. It is a regular in my home. Best of all it makes enough that I can reheat some for lunch the next day!"

recipegirl25 72690
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"Always take these baked beans to picnics. Everyone loves them! Very yummy!!"

vickyc603 17955
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"These beans are delicious. My father in law requests that I make this everytime we get together. Sometimes, I can't find spicy sausage, so I use regular sausage and sprinkle some red pepper flakes. If it gets too thick, just add 1/2 cup water. Even better the next day."

rustedgold1 42797
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This recipe was in TOH years ago and I have made it many times. It is really delicious with all of the different beans with spicy sausage-what's not to like!"

mbrossman 18993
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"Simple, tasty meal for the whole family to enjoy! I split the batch into 8x8 pans instead of one 9x13 pan to freeze one for another meal. I used a spicey pepper also, which added some extra zing to the flavor."

msdaisey 201896
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"made it for a family cookout-hardly any eaten"

AGOR 43257
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"After I get this all mixed up, I put it in a crock pot instead of the oven. This works great for pot lucks."

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