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Fourth of July Bean Casserole Recipe

Fourth of July Bean Casserole Recipe

The outstanding barbecue taste of these beans makes them a favorite for cookouts all summer and into the fall. It's a popular dish with everyone—even kids. The beef makes it so much better than plain pork and beans. —Donna Fancher, Lawrence, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:12 servings


  • 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
  • 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 of the 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. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional 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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Reviewed Jul. 14, 2017

"I have made this recipe many times, starting with a 4th of July potluck, and have taken it to other potlucks as well - it's a great dish for that, and always a hit. I am not a fan of ground beef and have always made the following substitution: Aidell's Italian chicken Sausages, finely diced. I also like to kick up the heat a bit, and so add 1 1/2 finely chopped serrano chili and saute it with the meat and onions. Like others, I omit the lima beans, and I use cannelloni/small white beans instead. I also eliminate the white sugar and just use the brown sugar. Thanks for the recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2017

"These are really delicious. My family loves them and I like to make them and take them to potlucks as well. A very good baked bean recipe and a little different than most."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2016

"This is an awesome bean casserole, I will be making it again, however, I will cut back on the sugar the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing the recipe"

Reviewed May. 6, 2016

"Great as side or main dish"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"I made this and took it to our 4th of July celebration and have made it again since then. It was delicious and a great change to typical baked beans. I made it as the recipe is written except for using cannellini beans in place of the lima beans. It has since replaced my previous tried and true baked bean recipe and it always goes over well with a crowd."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"This is a wonderful baked bean recipe. Guests always want the recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"We really enjoyed the mixture of beans in this dish. The only thing I would change is the amount of sugar. I cut back on it but will probably eliminate the white sugar completely."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"Loved this recipe. I ended up using 4 x 15 oz. cans of pork and beans, 1 can of kidney bean, and 1 can of butter beans and left all the other ingredient measurements the same. I let it simmer in a slow cooker during the morning of the cookout so the flavors could mesh together and put it in the oven during the last hour. Turned out fantastic. Best baked beans dish I've made ever."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"This recipe sounded so appealing but I changed the recipe somewhat because of too much sugar. I used 2 cans of Bushes country style baked beans and 1 can of light red kidney beans, leaving out the lima beans and the sugar. Left out the ketchup and increased the barbecue sauce. Did not use molasses because the baked beans had molasses in them. Added the chili powder and mustard. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"Wonderful recipe full of flavor and protein. I cut down on sugar since I don't care for savory foods to be sweet. This is very similar to how I normally make the beans. Perfect for anytime!"

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