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Fourth of July Baked Beans

We always choose this family recipe for July Fourth or any picnic because it's a meaty twist on everyday baked beans and it has a nice sweetness. —Wendy Hodorowski, Bellaire, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (13.7 ounces each) beans with tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, molasses and chili powder. Add beans and bacon.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 323 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 970mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • tsuop
    Jun 19, 2020

    I also left out the meat.. I know beans w/meat as "Cowboy Beans". Otherwise a very good recipe.

  • parelius
    May 28, 2020

    I agree with other reviewers- leave out the white sugar. It is almost too sweet with just the brown sugar. I added a can of white beans too because there was plenty of sauce and I wanted more servings. They are very tasty. I received several compliments.

  • butterflybirds
    Jun 23, 2018

    I left out the white sugar and ground meat. Very good but too sweet for my taste. I added an extra can of beans. (plain pink beans) because there was a lot of liquid. Next time I will eliminate both the sugars.

  • robinbird18
    May 27, 2018

    Best baked beans recipe....easy to make...

  • Jeanette
    Jul 31, 2017

    Re all the ads. Also response to Landbd. Go to "bar". Search bar at top of your device. The lines (bars) at the far end , left side, click on those. It will remove all the ads from print. They will still show up. Hit the print button on the left hand side under print options. When you hit print and it displays, there will be no ads on the printed copy. I understand your frustration. That tidbit showed up on an instruction I happened to read. I usually ignore that stuff but no more. Good luck.

  • mjflowers
    Jun 25, 2017

    Love this recipe! It is so fast to put together but tastes like more! I used two cans Ranch beans and the sauce. I also followed other reviewers and use just the brown sugar. It was perfect! Simmered in crock pot, which is great on hot days!

  • justmbeth
    Oct 21, 2016

    Good, solid baked beans. All loved them! Not just for the 4th.

  • landbd
    Jun 27, 2016

    Remove all the ads between the recipe and print key or remove me from the list!!

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    Mar 8, 2016

    This was absolutely amazing. I used 30 oz. of pinto beans for the beans and didn't drain them. The dish was a big hit with the whole family!

  • ppolen
    Jul 10, 2015

    Delicious! We halved it, & used Splenda brown sugar blend.