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Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

This recipe is a hit with guests and family. It's sweet, simple and delicious, and someone always asks for the recipe. —Elliot Wesen, Arlington, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup spicy barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (6 ounces) french-fried onions, crushed, divided
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Stir in half the onions and bacon. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining onions and bacon. Bake, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup equals 285 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 860 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Jan 14, 2021

    Loved the sweetness and the crunch of the onions!

  • jstowellsupermom
    Oct 20, 2019

    What a great recipe! I made these for my daughter's birthday party and everyone loved them and was asking for the recipe! Perfect mix of sweet and spicy! A great twists on traditional baked beans.

  • Gunga
    Jul 30, 2019

    I have been making this recipe ... this EXACT recipe since 2012. I'm not sure how this leaked out (first tasted in Wilmington, N.C.), but now that the secret is out .... I suggest swapping the crushed Pineapple for sweetened pineapple juice. The juice helps cut the Molasses and helps the spicy BBQ sauce carry the heat just a bit longer.

  • Cam625
    Jul 17, 2019

    Easy, quick and delicious. I have had a go to bean recipe for over 20 years. This recipe is on the same level- excellent!

  • Debglass11
    Jul 11, 2019

    Oh, these are really good! Perfect balance of sweet and spicy and we loved the addition of the pineapple and the french fried onions. Great side for any barbecue. Can't say enough about these baked beans except to say that they will definitely be a mainstay at our cookouts from now on!

  • bjpalmer
    Jul 11, 2019

    Made this for my son’s birthday party and it went over very well. My husband and mother both loved them! The addition of pineapple is great! Thank you for the recipe.

  • Appy_Girl
    Jun 17, 2019

    Enjoyed by all. Not to sweet or spicy. Loved the addition of the pineapple. A nice hit of natural sweetness. Also the bacon adds a little smoky taste to the mix as well. VFE. I will be making this version again .

  • bicktasw
    Jun 12, 2019

    I would give this recipe 10 stars of I could! These baked beans are amazing!! I made a few small changes to fit my family's tastes...... instead of 1/2 cup of molasses, I used 1/4 cup molasses and 1/4 cup dark corn syrup (Karo); instead of using 6 ounces of French fried onions, divided ..... I used 4 ounces and mixed all into the beans; I used 8 slices of bacon, crumbled, reserving the equivalent of 2 slices for on top and I added 1 teaspoon of Liquid Smoke. I baked them in a 3 1/2 quart Pyrex casserole ....... sprinkled with the reserved bacon and covered with foil for 45 minutes. I made these beans for a family picnic and every single person raved about them ...... had 2nds and I have none left!! This is an excellent recipe .... my new "go to" recipe for baked beans..... much easier than my old standby that uses dried beans and takes all day!!!!! 5 BIG stars for sure!!

  • prod test 23
    Apr 23, 2019

    Good recipe