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Family-Favorite Baked Beans Recipe

Family-Favorite Baked Beans Recipe

Lea Ann Anderson TULSA, OKLAHOMA Here’s a quick and easy recipe familiar to most at reunions and other large gatherings. The sweet and hearty dish includes three kinds of beans and plenty of beef and bacon.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:8 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) pork and beans


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same pan, cook bacon until crisp; drain.
  • 2. Return beef to the pan. Add the onion, ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar and molasses. Stir in the beans.
  • 3. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until beans reach desired thickness. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 305 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 966 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Reviews for Family-Favorite Baked Beans

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"It is a family favorite! We skip the ground beef and serve with smoked chicken off the grill. What a great dish. To give it just a little extra kick we add in two table spoons of spicy mustard. As a volunteer Taste of Home feild editor familly and friends expect great dishes from my kitchen, this delivers!"

Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"Hobo Beans....always a hit when feeding a crowd. I really like the addition of the molasses in this recipe. It was a hit at last weekends graduation party."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013 Edited Jul. 3, 2014

"Very good and simple to make. I reduced brown sugar to 2 tablespoons; I don't like the beans too sweet. When I tripled the recipe for a group, I used a variety of beans; they're all good. I make it in a slow-cooker rather than the oven."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"This is my Go-To recipe when I want to please a bunch of people. One woman who never eats baked beans said the smell of this dish made her mouth water. She tasted some and got another huge serving. This is a great recipe and I am very picky with baked beans. Just as a FYI, it thickens more the longer it sets. Very delicious. I have tried black beans, northern beans, navy beans and pinto beans. All taste excellent in this recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"This recipe got rave reviews from family at 4th July BBQ. Decided it goes just as well with baked ham for Easter. Used Bush's original baked beans for the pork and beans and KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce. Made a double batch but didn't double the meat or molasses. Very yummy!"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"These were very good! I didn't put in the onions as i am not a fan of them and instead of baking in the oven I put them in the crockpot for 2-3 hours and they turned out wonderful."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"I absolutely love these beans and everyone I have served them to has asked for the recipe! Definitely a keeper and full of fiber on top of that as well!"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"Very good...the ground beef really adds a nice touch. I've made it a couple of times now and used it as a main dish. Also, instead of baking mine, I have mixed it together as directed and cooked in my crock pot for 4-5 hours on High."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"This is delicious! My husband likes it, too. I'll be making it again."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"I have made this recipe for years. I own 2 restaurants and frequently use this for off site bbq events. The molasses make the recipe. I also add 2 tsp of dijon mustard. The combination of the two is great. For the person who thought that the ground beef may make the recipe too heavy, no way! Try it, you will not get ANY COMPLAINTS!"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"As a young wife, back the the 1970s, I found a very similar receipe in a Crock Pot Cookbook that came with the appliance. Unfortunately, the book got lost and I have been searching for this receipe every since. The only main difference I see is this has molasses and the other had vinegar. In either case, the finished product is absolutely delicious. Now that I have found this receipe, I plan to make it often. Also, you could add about a tablespoon of Liquid Smoke for a really delicious flavor."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"It's my Godmother's recipe, and everyone asks at every family function if she's making it! Wonderful!!"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"I LOVE this...but I don't think it needs the ground if used as a is great without and not to Heavy."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"I haven't made this reciepe yet it sounds like mine only instead of hamburg I use hot Italian sausage. mmm good"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"i havnt tried it yet but i copied it cause it sounds delicious and i addded i bell pepper to my recipie. i will let you know when i cook them how they are."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"I have removed the BBQ sauce before and added a couple tablespoons of vinager...and it was awesome too!"

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