Three-Bean Baked Beans Recipe
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Three-Bean Baked Beans Recipe

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I got this recipe from an aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef and bacon mixed in, these satisfying beans are a big hit at backyard barbecues and church picnics. I'm always asked to bring my "special" beans. -Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 230 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 631mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with bacon and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, mustard, chili powder and salt until blended. Stir in beans. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, covered, until beans reach desired thickness, about 1 hour. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Three-Bean Baked Beans in Taste of Home August/September 1998, p33

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dublinlab User ID: 1682119 253631
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"Very good, l did not add the ground, was having a BBQ so not needed l felt. I used maple syrup in place of the sugar. I will make this again. Janet. VFE"

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 248043
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"The family love these baked beans with picnics! I choose to use all brown sugar and no white, and sometimes I do not use the burger, and instead use a 12 oz package of center cut bacon. Really wonderful flavor!!"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 239183
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"I made these beans yesterday and my family really liked them. I had eight frankfurters in the freezer, so I sliced them up and used them instead of the ground beef. I will definitely make these beans again, next time with the ground beef. Great recipe!"

4bakergirls User ID: 1572587 237216
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"I don't even remember how many years ago I found this recipe from Taste of Home. I've been making it for our family as well as others for a long time. This is always a hit and people ask me for the recipe. I either bake it in the oven or put all the ingredients in a crock pot and let it cook all day. I have served it with white rice and shredded cheddar cheese or with tortillas, sour cream, Mexican shredded cheese, topped with diced tomatoes. Either way, this is such an easy and nutritious meal!"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 229068
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"Family and Friends empties out the entire Pan of these wonderful Beans. I felt that the recipe was right on. I did leave out the white sugar. Next time I'd add a can of Black Beans. Just for color. Perfect one to make the day before * Hardest thing was opening up the cans *

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DeboraLZ User ID: 7556927 229009
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"We like our food a bit more spicy, so I put in a heaping teaspoon of chili powder and it was perfect!"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 226691
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"My husband likes these baked beans. It freezes well."

Adavie01 User ID: 5962039 222691
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"We absolutely love this recipe! Store bought baked beans haven't tasted anywhere near as good since. The one thing we don't like though is having ground beef in it. It just changes the texture and dynamic of the beans we don't care for it, so we omit that."

Juliad0514 User ID: 6926260 65287
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"I make this for every summer backyard party....ALWAYS a huge hit. Everyone tells me they're the best baked beans they've ever had. This one is definitely a keeper. We have a big family so I usually double the recipe and use a whole pound of bacon just because it's easier. Other than that I keep everything exactly the same. Love it."

Potempa User ID: 1789758 29665
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"We had friends over for the 4th of July and I made these beans, What a hit! Everyone loved them and kept asking for seconds. I will definitely make these again. It is a keeper."

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