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Hearty Baked Beans Recipe

Hearty Baked Beans Recipe

This saucy dish is flavorful and filling, chock-full of ground beef, bacon and four varieties of beans. I've had the recipe for over 10 years and make it often for big appetites at home and potlucks at work and church. —Cathy Swancutt, Junction City, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3/4 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) honey barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. Dutch oven. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • 2. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through. Yield: 18 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 228 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 770mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein

Reviews for Hearty Baked Beans

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SMoorman
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2016

"I've made this several times, Ive taken it to gatherings and get asked for the recipe. Sometimes I cook the onion with the hamburger, sometimes not. It makes so much, a lot of times I use just 2 cans of pork and beans, instead of 4. Most men, they love there is so much meat!"

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pmedema
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2015

"I make this all the time and everyone loves it. Don't be afraid of the amount it makes, it freezes beautifully. We've actually eaten it as the main course, not just a side dish. I don't add the liquid smoke and substitute red or kidney beans for the lima beans."

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fantasticdreambird
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"I made this for our 4th of July traditional celebration and it was a hit! One by one each lady of the their household came up quietly requesting the recipe : ) I browned the ground beef in the bacon fat along with onion and added chopped green & red peppers. Turned out to be one terrific dish! I will be using this recipe from now on."

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jenwynn
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"I make this side a lot---it's great for any potluck. I put it all in a slow cooker on low for 4-5 hours. I have my hamburger already pre-cooked & frozen, so I saute 1 more chopped onion in the bacon grease before adding to the pot, and also add kielbasa for extra meat. I use a non-sweet BBQ sauce, cut the brown sugar a little, red wine vinegar instead of cider vinegar & omit the liquid smoke. I also use white or cannelini beans instead of the lima & kidney. You just can't go wrong with whatever you add or change to this as it's fantastic."

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Angelrider65
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"I just took it out of the oven and tasted it, I love it, i followed the recipe exactly, i like all the flavors combining including the liquid smoke..someone said the onions would be raw..HUH? i cooked them with the ground beef like it said and they're fine..i didn't think it was too sweet, there are BBQ places here that have it sweeter and honestly thats the way i like it so next time i think i'll take maybe do 2 Tbls of vinegar instead of 3...i think it will be a huge hit at the racetrack...and butter beans are lima beans, it says so right on the can , i don't like green lima beans but butter beans are great ."

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Lori_Edwards
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"Great recipes"

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carrollee0421
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"Great for picnics. Have made this for years, elimating the liquid smoke. I also drain the pork n beans and use butter beans instead of lima beans (there is a difference)."

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Znidar100
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"This recipe was passed down to me from my mother. My family lived it!"

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jgbex1
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Excellent though a little sweet. I used regular BBQ sauce."

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Stumpygopher
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"Make this quite often. Got this recipe from the origional crockpot cookbook that came with crockpot back in the 70's. Was called "one pot meal". Must add the vinegar, this is crucial to the proper taste. You can also add shoepeg corn for a twist."

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almajerrett
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Brought these to a pig roast and they were a huge success!! Nothing left but the bottom of the pot!!"

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LadySullen
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I agree--best baked beans ever!! Very yummy along with Homemade Italian Sausage, redskin potato salad, and corn on the cob. A great holiday picnic combo!"

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ekatiakarpova
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"That`s was very tasty, but I put less onion ( be ready onion by the recipe will be almost raw when you will take out of your oven!) and I used simple barbecue sauce because it will be plenty sweet no need additional sweetness."

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snowbob
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"If you're an avid camper, try this recipe slow cooked in an iron kettle over the campfire!"

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freel
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"The very best bean recipe ever made. I've given this recipe out so many times I can't count. Love it!!"

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Rube1234
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2009

"I made this for a birthday party and everyone raved about it. I'm making it for my daughter's graduation party next. Absolutely delicious!"

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