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Three-Bean Baked Beans Recipe

Three-Bean Baked Beans Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 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
  • 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


  • 1. In a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat, brown beef, bacon and onion; drain. Add beans. Combine remaining ingredients; stir into bean mixture.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until beans reach desired thickness. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Three-Bean Baked Beans

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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!!"

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!"

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!"

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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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!"

Reviewed May. 21, 2015

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

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Our family's favorite baked bean recipe!"

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"I have been making this recipe for years, ever since it was first issued in Taste of Home. I don't do anything different, it's perfect as is. I am always asked to bring these beans to potlucks.

Thank you Julie Currington for submitting your recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"Very good and easy to make. A winner in my family."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"This is so easy to make and my family loves it. This one to keep on file for that next picnic or that next dish to pass party."

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"My family simply loves this recipe. We call it "Dad's Beans" and the whole family looks forward to it. The next time I make it I am going to double the recipe, but for the second cans of butter and kidney beans, I am going to substitute Pinto and Black beans. I cook them in my big bean pot, in the oven at about 200-250 with the lid on for 3-4 hours and they never fail. I will let you know how the 5 bean variant comes out."

Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"Now family classic, they are known as the Beans of Destiny. We serve this at almost any informal group meal, any excuse we can make."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Have made this recipe several times. It is always a hit."

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"This is always a big hit at all our family gatherings. I double the recipe and put them in a crock pot for about 3-4 hrs on low. Delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"These beans were excellent. I made them for my grandsons birthday party and came home with an empty pan!"

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"Very good recipe. The sauce has a nice sweet taste with just a tiny kick."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"My family & I love this recipe! I have had many requests for this recipe. Everytime our church has a potluck, I am asked to bring this dish, I always come home with an empty dish."

Reviewed May. 25, 2008

"These baked beans have been a much requested side-dish in our home during the summer months. I have tried several other recipes over the years but gave them up when I came across this one."

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