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Triple Bean Bake with Bacon Recipe

Triple Bean Bake with Bacon Recipe

Tried and true baked beans go from ordinary to extraordinary when you mix bean varieties and add the zing of horseradish. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until tender.
  • 2. Stir in the remaining ingredients; return bacon to pan. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and bake until desired consistency. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 278 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 588mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 8g fiber), 13g protein.

Reviews for Triple Bean Bake with Bacon

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 248074
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"how easy does this look? looks like a winner to me, plus I have all ingreds except butter beans but I do have other canned beans I'll use. can't wait-thanks for sharing"

shereeder User ID: 1853566 248045
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"I make these with browned hamburger also. I use a bit of vinegar and less brown sugar. Mine calls for catsup also. Absolutely love the taste as it almost makes a meal in itself. They're always a hit at family potlucks."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 227931
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"Love the ease of this recipe and how I can swap out different kinds of beans if I want. I also add about 1/2 pound of browned ground beef to the mix. One of my most requested dishes at a potluck!"

menkens User ID: 5877182 227053
Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"Did substitute the beans because of what I had on hand! Reduced the amount of brown sugar to 1/2 cup and since we are not "sweet" folks will reduce further next time ... increased the amount of horseradish and used spicy mustard. Did add a can of pork n beans -- all in all will make again with a few more modifications. Used 2-1/2 strips of bacon (all I had) along with 8 ounces of cubed ham which was cut into smaller pieces and half a pound of hamburger. They were will received at a Church pot-luck!"

decar48 User ID: 5127622 179816
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"I took this for a July 4th picnic and everyone raved, including my 93 year old father who hates horseradish!!! Made them again last week and he praised them again!!!"

mochiemom User ID: 6508617 197506
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"Excellent recipe"

Nominating User ID: 3236671 212704
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"I've also added about 1/4 cup of honey, maple syrup or molasses, and catsup. Yummy!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 133808
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014 Edited Jul. 4, 2014

"I prepared this recipe 7/2/14 and I did make adjustments to it by using a 16-oz. can of vegetarian baked beans, a can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained, a can of butter beans, rinsed and drained and a can of navy beans, rinsed and drained. I didn't use Great Northern beans, but I had purchased the can for future use! I purchased a package of smoked pork neck with bones and used that instead of the bacon. I also finely chopped the onion and added it to the beans. Instead of 1 Tbsp. of yellow mustard, I'd used 2 tsp. spicy brown mustard. I covered the baking dish with foil and cut vents in the foil to allow the steam to escape. I'd placed the pork neck/bones on top of bean mixture before baking. I then baked the casserole at 350o F. instead of 325o F. I'd had several other recipes for baked beans from Taste of Home, in which I used a 350o F. oven. For me this worked out well. I baked the dish 30 minutes, covered at 350o F., then 1 hour, uncovered. I then cooled the meat by running cold water over it and then cut the pork in small pieces and added to the bean mixture. I found that I needed to allow the mixture to cool so that flavors could blend. This morning, I added 2 tsp. horseradish and 2 Tbsp. hickory-smoked BBQ sauce. I felt that the bean dish was more flavorful after allowing it to cool. The next time I prepare this dish, I'll probably use 1 cup of Hormel prepared cooked and crumbled bacon in place of the pork. I'd also add the horseradish and BBQ sauce to dish when preparing it! This IS a very tasty dish and I'm glad that I tried it! Oh, yes! I'd added 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the bean dish in place of brown sugar as I'd used baked beans! I'm finding out that this type of bean dish doesn't need a lot of sugar! But then again, there are people who DO prefer to use the brown sugar and other people who probably test the recipe with less sugar! Thank you, Sherri Melotik for sharing this dish with Taste of Home! I do enjoy baked beans and the various ways to make dishes calling for legumes such as lentils, kidney beans, Great Northern beans, navy beans, butter beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, etc. I was thinking-using ground beef or even ground turkey sounds like a great idea from the other raters & reviewers which I'd spotted on the rating/review list for this recipe! That is also true-adding ground beef (or in my opinion, ground turkey, that really sounds much more like a main dish! Who knows-I just might try that sometime! delowenstein"

brfarm User ID: 1339144 194134
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2014

"I've had this same recipe for 25 years, and it is still a staple at family gatherings. Excellent, except I cut the horseradish in half."

JeannineMarie User ID: 663271 186039
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"I like this better after #1/2 of browned ground beef was added. Then I can use it as a meal instead of just a side. Also to judiec24go, why rate it without trying. If you hate butter beans double up on the ones you like and leave them out. It probably would not change the over all taste that much. (I prefer the light kidney beans so I changed it the second time around and the taste was almost the same.) Try something or don't complain and give it a bad rating. It also sounds good with the pork and beans added. Gonna try that next time."

Marjade User ID: 6138646 212703
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"very good recipe"

lindiane User ID: 2598716 197505
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"My mother makes this and also adds pork 'n bean, lima beans, and hamburger meat. Very good. I love this recipe"

stellaa User ID: 5182630 112362
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"beans are good. if you add 1 can of pork and beans (brand your choice) and 1/2 lb of cooked hamburger. Now, the beans are not just good but FANTASTIC. P.S. you can subsitute dry mustard for the regular yellow mustard if you like."

AmberrBalazs User ID: 6130071 124315
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"To joannekihrke, just use turkey bacon!"

joannekihrke User ID: 7856102 133807
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"I would love to try this recipe but I don't eat bacon. What could I use to substitue, please no pork."

lvslwnrdr User ID: 2464187 135309
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

" I always try a recipe the way it is written the 1st time and the next time I make substitutions/changes based on my personal preferences. It is certainly no reflection on the recipe that my taste buds have a mind of their own."

gracefullikeagazelle User ID: 7384426 150826
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014


I used minced garlic, a dash of worsy sauce & a smidgin of horseradish. It was phenomenal with our bbqed rib-eye! Thx for the take on traditional baked beans (sooo time-consuming in my world!)."

Memaw2405 User ID: 6123503 194133
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"I think this recipe has potential but as is I was quite disappointed. The tablespoon of mustard drowned out all of the other flavors including the horseradish! I will, however, try again without it because I love horseradish and hope to taste that zing next time around. I did swap out the butter beans for seasoned pinto beans as I do not care for them."

becky300n User ID: 7826391 179813
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"Omg so good and so easy. I started eating them before baking. Had to stop or 8 servings would have become 6 very fast. Keeper for sure! And for judiec24go use another kind of bean. Don't pass up this recipe because you don't care for butter beans."

Laura Moser User ID: 3332117 124313
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"The horseradish is the secret ingredient. Everyone loves these beans! OK to put all the ingredients together and put it in a crockpot after you cook the bacon and onions on the stove."

quaintcook User ID: 6329556 118501
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"This was even better the second time around! Loved this unusual flavor and bean combination. I used a larger can of seasoned butter beans because that is what I had on hand. Drained and rinsed the other 2 cans of beans. Also I used a little less brown sugar(about 1/2cup). So very good and easy. Thank you for sharing this recipe.."

ButterLovingGirl User ID: 2638029 133805
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Love the horseradish kick!"

debbiezalaznik User ID: 1692476 133804
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"I baked it in a foil loaf pan on the grill on indirect heat for the temperature and times in the recipe and it was really good! Our friend doesn't normally like baked beans and he loved them, too!"

kdwarren User ID: 3452511 118499
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"While I found this recipe not to have enough flavour my husband liked the sweetness and asked for seconds."

sammie12 User ID: 6705228 135308
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"It was "okay". Tasted like it was missing something. Maybe a beef boullian cube would help."

summyb User ID: 3917798 124312
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"This recipe didn't rock my world. I added a lot more mustard and vinegar (about 2 additional tablespoons) to give it some kick, but it was still wasn't great. I used good bacon, too, but the flavor didn't stand out, which I guess is what I was expecting."

snickerdoots User ID: 4752147 212702
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"Wonderful taste! This will be my go to recipe for baked beans forever!"

dgcn10ac User ID: 2324808 180802
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"My family, who doesn't usually like baked beans, loved this dish! It's not the typical tomato base. It's a little different, but very good."

liamlexa User ID: 6718136 194131
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"Finally a bean dish that the family liked!"

rustedgold1 User ID: 3141438 124310
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I really expected this recipe to be tasty given all the great ingredients but it seemed lacking in flavor to my husband and I."

StitchCrazy68 User ID: 6276698 186038
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"Made with 3 of my favorite beans. The sauce is tangy and sweet. This is great for a summer BBQ.

My family loves it."

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