Western-Style Beef and Beans Recipe
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Western-Style Beef and Beans Recipe

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This hearty, crowd-pleasing dish is a comforting meal on a chilly night with bread and a salad. It also makes a delicious side dish. It doesn't take long to make but tastes like it simmered all day. —Jolene Lopez, Wichita, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans with molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 405 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 1777mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 34g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef, onions and celery until meat is no longer pink; drain. Dissolve bouillon in water; stir into beef mixture. Add the beans, ketchup, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 60-70 minutes or until bubbly; stir. Sprinkle with bacon. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Western-Style Beef N Beans in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p25

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Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

"!for more. I always bring copies of the recipe, because I get requests. Since I have been making this for fourteen years. Ever since I found the recipe in the magazine I have been making it. In fact people ae calling them them Tara's magazine beans! There are hardly ever leftovers,but when I make them for the family, they are even better the next day."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"These baked beans were delicious. Perfect side dish for a hamburger and hotdog cookout!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"A tradition at potlucks"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Great for Potluck or even Happy hour when you have food"

Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"I make this recipe often - sometimes as a main dish, but by reducing the amount of beef and liquid, I can turn it into a side dish for picnics as well."

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