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Hearty Baked Beans

This saucy dish is flavorful and filling, chock-full of ground beef, bacon and four varieties of beans. I've had the recipe for years, and I make it often for big appetites at home and for potlucks at work and church. —Cathy Swancutt, Junction City, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3/4 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) honey barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. Dutch oven. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 228 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 770mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Marsha
    Oct 6, 2019

    These beans are SO good. I made them and took them to a neighborhood gathering. They completely disappeared and I was asked for the recipe. I did change only 2 things. I only used 3 cans of Pork and Beans and I omitted the brown sugar because I felt they were sweet enough without it. Easy to make and a dish you can be proud to take to any potluck!

  • pajamaangel
    Oct 30, 2018

    These were okay but for the amount of time it took to make this I was disappointed. The flavors just didn't blend well for me. It may have been the vinegar. I might try to make them again in the crock pot so the flavors combine better. The left overs were not eaten and that's not a good thing at my house.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 1, 2017

    These baked beans are awesome! We loved the combination of flavors!! It's a keeper!!

  • bellejake
    Mar 25, 2017


  • Tamodeez
    Sep 3, 2016

    I've been making this for years and it is one of the dishes that is always requested of me.

  • SMoorman
    Jul 3, 2016

    I've made this several times, Ive taken it to gatherings and get asked for the recipe. Sometimes I cook the onion with the hamburger, sometimes not. It makes so much, a lot of times I use just 2 cans of pork and beans, instead of 4. Most men, they love there is so much meat!

  • pmedema
    Aug 28, 2015

    I make this all the time and everyone loves it. Don't be afraid of the amount it makes, it freezes beautifully. We've actually eaten it as the main course, not just a side dish. I don't add the liquid smoke and substitute red or kidney beans for the lima beans.

  • fantasticdreambird
    Jul 5, 2015

    I made this for our 4th of July traditional celebration and it was a hit! One by one each lady of the their household came up quietly requesting the recipe : ) I browned the ground beef in the bacon fat along with onion and added chopped green & red peppers. Turned out to be one terrific dish! I will be using this recipe from now on.

  • jenwynn
    Jun 2, 2014

    I make this side a lot---it's great for any potluck. I put it all in a slow cooker on low for 4-5 hours. I have my hamburger already pre-cooked & frozen, so I saute 1 more chopped onion in the bacon grease before adding to the pot, and also add kielbasa for extra meat. I use a non-sweet BBQ sauce, cut the brown sugar a little, red wine vinegar instead of cider vinegar & omit the liquid smoke. I also use white or cannelini beans instead of the lima & kidney. You just can't go wrong with whatever you add or change to this as it's fantastic.

  • Angelrider65
    May 30, 2014

    I just took it out of the oven and tasted it, I love it, i followed the recipe exactly, i like all the flavors combining including the liquid smoke..someone said the onions would be raw..HUH? i cooked them with the ground beef like it said and they're fine..i didn't think it was too sweet, there are bbq places here that have it sweeter and honestly thats the way i like it so next time i think i'll take maybe do 2 Tbls of vinegar instead of 3...i think it will be a huge hit at the racetrack...and butter beans are lima beans, it says so right on the can , i don't like green lima beans but butter beans are great .