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Fourth of July Bean Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour


12 servings

The outstanding barbecue taste of these beans makes them a favorite for cookouts all summer and into the fall. It's a popular dish, even with kids. The beef makes it so much better than plain pork and beans. —Donna Fancher, Lawrence, Indiana
Fourth of July Bean Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (28 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish; add all beans and mix well. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir into beef and bean mixture.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 278 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 933mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 7g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Randi
    Jul 6, 2020

    This is almost exactly the recipe my mom used. We called them Lee Baker Beans (that was her friend's name who gave her the recipe, of course!). We use the butter beans in place of the lima beans. Butter beans are really big and yellow and in a can. Bush's are the brand I consistently find and prefer. This is perfect for football season and packs well and stays hot for a long time for tailgating. A great hearty side for beer drinking events!

  • Nicksjamma
    Jul 3, 2020

    I make this recipe all the time for BBQ’s! I substitute Frozen Petite Corn, instead of Lima beans! Always never enough!! Total Hit!!

  • Janet
    Jul 3, 2020

    I can't wait to try this recipe. With a few changes suggested by others, it sounds divine. However, since I live in a very hot climate, it will definitely have to go into the crock pot. Wish there were more recipes converted to crock pot and/or air fryer. Obviously no air fryer for this recipe!!

  • blythesc
    Jul 2, 2020

    My family loves this casserole. I make it ever year for the fourth.

  • compilot
    Jun 21, 2020

    Donna, I make a very similar recipe, in demand by family. I have bell peppers in mine. I'm from Castleton, my college roomate for 1 year at Franklin College was David Fancher from up-state New York. Any relation? [email protected]

  • fhquilting
    Jun 21, 2020

    Yummy! but, no kidney or limas...used white beans and black beans instead. Decreased bacon to four strips which I cut into 1" pieces and layed on top, uncooked, instead of frying and stirring into the beans. Bacon bakes on top to wonderful crispy bites. Eliminated white sugar and cut brown sugar to 1/3 cup...plenty of sugar in molasses, ketchup, BBQ sauce, etc! No salt added.

  • mjcharnik
    Jul 20, 2019

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  • kdtay
    Jul 1, 2019

    This is the most versatile (crockpot) recipe. I just made this last week adding sweet peppers, wax and green beans, garbanzos, black beans, etc - add and substitute what your family likes. Can be served as a main or a side dish and makes a ton! Sure to be a pleaser!!

  • sulewski
    Jun 16, 2019

    I, and my family, love this recipe! I've taken it camping, to reunions, to parties and just for home. Everyone asks for the recipe!

  • Rahnee64
    Mar 15, 2018

    I made these with the following changes. My family doesn't eat kidney or lima beans. So I used a can of Bush's baked beans, and replaced the lima beans with a can of great northern beans. Now my family cleans the dish.