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Fourth of July Bean Casserole Recipe

Fourth of July Bean Casserole Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Fourth of July Bean Casserole

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Rubysimmons 250049
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2016

"This is an awesome bean casserole, I will be making it again, however, I will cut back on the sugar the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing the recipe"

etkleismit 247912
Reviewed May. 6, 2016

"Great as side or main dish"

momoflandl 219225
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."

msidoc 215443
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

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

wefarm2live 199116
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."

mrssarge 6662
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."

tinybrush 6008
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"This recipe sounded so appealing but I changed the recipe somewhat because of too much sugar. I used 2 cans of Bushes country style baked beans and 1 can of light red kidney beans, leaving out the lima beans and the sugar. Left out the ketchup and increased the barbecue sauce. Did not use molasses because the baked beans had molasses in them. Added the chili powder and mustard. Delicious!"

rinshin 5245
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"Wonderful recipe full of flavor and protein. I cut down on sugar since I don't care for savory foods to be sweet. This is very similar to how I normally make the beans. Perfect for anytime!"

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"Forget the limas,yuck1 use cannelli beans"

Worshipguy 4995
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"I've never been much of a baked bean fan, but I was asked to make some for a church get-together. This recipe has made me a fan! They were great!"

CWOCN 2326
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"I am not a baked beans fan. However, this recipe is very good! I have subsituted both left over roast beef and sloppy joe for ground turkey with rave reviews. We use regular Rudy's BBQ Sause to give a little more spice."

Nene1 5240
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"I have to say this is the best bean recipe ever. I make it for our summer cookouts. I also make it for our Christmas dinner. It goes great with ham. Everyone loves it and looks forward to it."

Marilyn Mast 4311
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"I took this to a 4th of July potluck, it was a hit. I did use 1# of hamburger to make it alittle thicker and I will do that again. I substitue Maple Syrup for the brown sugar (same amount) because we have our own Maple Syrup. My husband, who is not normally a cook, loves to help make this because it is so simple."

annoliveri 6274
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"Made these beans for the Fourth of July holiday. They were great! I had a "go to" bean recipe and this one is so much better. Loved the bacon...I didn't use as much white sugar as recipe called for though. Will make again. Love this kind of recipe with crusty bread along with a green and/or fresh fruit salad."

kelcx2 5978
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Very good. Just cooked then in my slow cooker. Will be making this again."

memasbuds 4230
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I made something like this from a Church cookbook. It's so much better than regular baked beans. My kids and grandkids ask me to make it all the time.

One thing, it is sweet, so I reduce some of the sugar. Try it you'll love it!!!"

jag2222 6199
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"Oh, I forgot -- I was going to say that I simmer the beans in my crock port for at least 2 hours."

jag2222 2684
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"Oh, I forgot -- i was going to tell that I simmer at least 2 hours in my crock pot."

jag2222 4228
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I've made a similar recipe like this for some time now. I use 1 1/2 lbs. of ground beef browned with chopped oinion, green pepper and minced garlic. I use 5 cans of beans and really it doesn't matter what kind. Besides the ones listed in the above recipe, I use kidney, ranch style and black. My grandkids really love these and they are extremely picky eaters!"

cocoalady 4967
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"This is a great recipe and I have madea similar one many times, but the one that was given to me was with butter beans instead of lima beans. It is a favorite for sure!"

donnsjbronson 5016
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"oooops!!!! forgot the rating *****"

donnsjbronson 4308
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"My family and I have been making these beans for years. Started when my Mother found the recipe in an old old cookbook while going through my grandmother's things. Have always been a hit and everybody asks for the recipe. Nothing like an old recipe brought back to life!"

dgrammie60 8279
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I had made versions of this. Would love to know how to adapt to slow cooker. Do you prepare the same, add all to slow cooker, and if so, cook how long at low or high?"

Sue Zappa 6198
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I've made this recipe as written several times on the 4th of July for our family & friends. It's always been a big hit! I'd forgotten about it until I saw it today; will make this year! Thanks for the reminder. And, thank you too, for the low-sodium tips; I've just been put on a low-sodium diet due to heart problems so I appreciate the tips given by other readers. :)"

joyousdeeous 4959
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Its the meat that adds so much to this bean recipe. We all love it!"

PennyPoppins 4241
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Used Lower-sodium bacon and no-sodium beans when I can find them. Frozen limas instead of canned (did well in crock-pot), omitted additional salt. Everything was still wonderful and my legs didn't swell up like tree trunks from the high sodium content :) Absolutely wonderful...and I do not like baked beans at all..."

Gunph 6273
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"This is similar to my go to potluck beans. I don't use white sugar, vary the beans, though always use baked beans. My secret addition is a small can of crushed pineapple! Try it, it adds a lot of flavor."

Rosie143 199115
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I recently made this for a potluck picnic. There where three other bean dishes, and mine was the largest and the only one that was gone at the end of the picnic. So I would say it was a hit with both kids and adults."

cookieface 7498
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I found this recipe in TOH many years ago. The only change I make is using all brown sugar. This dish has been a family favorite, requested over and over."

dobs12 4958
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I make this receipe also in the slow cooker. I just wanted to add that I put a dash of vinegar in it and sometimes a little pickle juice for more zip. This is the only way to eat beans."

christycincy 8278
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"My mom asked me to bring Baked Beans to the Father's Day cookout we were having for my Dad. I have always found plain baked beans to be quite boring so I took this instead. Big hit! Everyone loved them and with this flavorful a dish, you could never call it boring."

kshea 5239
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Used this for years. Everyone wants the recipe, however, I change it a little. I put in no lima beans, instead I add black or small red beans, I also substitue 1T dry mustard for the prepared mustard. It gives it a little more zip!"

mamamowe15 5234
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"Out of everything I made on 4th of July this was the biggest hit. Didn't change a thing and it was yummy!"

kzenz 199114
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"we have big family picnics and this is always on the menu. Everyone loves it."

cookieface 6661
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"Best ever baked beans. This dish is requested for almost every function I attend. I also omit white sugar and increase brown sugar."

marciaoakley 2325
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"I made this for our family reunion. Everyone loved it! A nice change from regular baked beans."

VictoriaElaine 5014
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"Oh so good! I eliminated the white sugar and substituted chili beans for the lima beans since I didn't have lima beans on had. This dish is absolutely delish! Tip: Don't worry if the bacon doesn't fully cook in the frying pan with the ground beef and onion, it will finish cooking in the oven."

rharkless 199113
Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"I've never been a big fan of baked beans, but this recipe has changed that! I served this for a picnic and everybody loved it. I, too, eliminated the white sugar and used a little extra molasses. I also substituted black beans for the lima beans and added a little chicken broth because it looked too dry. Turned out great!"

rornburn 6196
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"This has become an absolute family favorite. It is a must for all family get-togethers. I essemble this ahead of time, and refrigerate in large zip lock bags. Then pour into baking dish and bake when I arrive at a function. I have also cooked this in the slow cooker with great results"

ctskrs 6270
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"This goes over great at the family picnics."

queenjoanie 4917
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"I too omit the white sugar...and I add 8 ounces of velveeta! They are delish!"

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"This recipe is almost identical to 'Old Settler's Beans'. Both are outstanding and so easy, great family food."

justjanie 5225
Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"My favorite baked bean recipe. I omit the white sugar and use a little extra molasses. Always a hit and simple to prepare. I always make it in a crock pot just for convenience, if it is a little juicy I just remove the lid & turn it up to a gentle boil and this will thicken it up nicely."

LKAM 5048
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2008

"I've seen several recipes with these same basic ingredients, but this is my favorite. The barbecue sauce adds special flavor."

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