Hearty Bean Bake Recipe
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Hearty Bean Bake Recipe

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Because it makes such a big batch, this popular four-bean bake is perfect for potlucks...but I like to serve it with rolls and a salad at home too. We take the leftovers for lunch during the week. -Barb Wilkin Coshocton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 can (28 ounces) baked beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 277 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 778mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 7g fiber), 15g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in bacon and beans. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ketchup, honey and vinegar. Pour over the bean mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes; stir before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Bean Bake in Taste of Home June/July 2004, p37

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jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 133890
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"This is one of the few bean recipes that I have not had to change at all to suit me."

5lilhummingbirds User ID: 5505272 133889
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"It was excellent."

RButler User ID: 2947244 53109
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"Which Taste of Home issue was this from? My friend keeps the magazines but can't remember which issue. She thought it might have been from 2008."

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