Fourth of July Bean Casserole Recipe
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Fourth of July Bean Casserole Recipe

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The outstanding barbecue taste of these beans makes them a favorite for cookouts all summer and into the fall. It's a popular dish with everyone—even kids. Having beef in with the beans is so much better than plain pork and beans. —Donna Fancher, Lawrence, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (28 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 278 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 933mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 7g fiber), 12g protein


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish; add all of the beans and mix well. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir into beef and bean mixture.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Fourth of July Bean Casserole in Taste of Home June/July 1994, p39

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Reviewed May. 6, 2016

"Great as side or main dish"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"I made this and took it to our 4th of July celebration and have made it again since then. It was delicious and a great change to typical baked beans. I made it as the recipe is written except for using cannellini beans in place of the lima beans. It has since replaced my previous tried and true baked bean recipe and it always goes over well with a crowd."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"This is a wonderful baked bean recipe. Guests always want the recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"We really enjoyed the mixture of beans in this dish. The only thing I would change is the amount of sugar. I cut back on it but will probably eliminate the white sugar completely."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"Loved this recipe. I ended up using 4 x 15 oz. cans of pork and beans, 1 can of kidney bean, and 1 can of butter beans and left all the other ingredient measurements the same. I let it simmer in a slow cooker during the morning of the cookout so the flavors could mesh together and put it in the oven during the last hour. Turned out fantastic. Best baked beans dish I've made ever."

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