Family-Favorite Baked Beans Recipe
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Family-Favorite Baked Beans Recipe

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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
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Baked Beans in Country Extra July 2008, p51

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 220046
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!"

GiGilovestocook User ID: 7771176 172389
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."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 99561
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."

missdawney User ID: 1774682 170269
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."

phurter User ID: 4149919 110968
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!"

sd20 User ID: 5560294 209525
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."

pasmith95621 User ID: 4952497 157308
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!"

cookinNC User ID: 4119721 102139
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."

Bonnie561 User ID: 1977410 81428
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

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

lynnbess User ID: 2794613 157307
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!"

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