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Three-Bean Baked Beans

I got this recipe from an aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef and bacon mixed in, these satisfying beans are a big hit at backyard barbecues and church picnics. I'm always asked to bring my special beans. —Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) pork and beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with bacon and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, mustard, chili powder and salt until blended. Stir in beans. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, covered, until beans reach desired thickness, about 1 hour.
  • Freeze option: Freeze cooled bean mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 269 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 7g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • rtechmer
    Jun 27, 2020

    These were perfect and so easy to put together! I love the color of the three beans. We now have a new go to. thanks for sharing.

  • Tina
    Feb 16, 2020

    I have made something ver similar to this for almost 50 years. My mother always added diced apples but I didn’t care for them so I added browned and crumbled breakfast sausage. The seasoning in the sausage added an extra flavor to the dish. My late father-in-law raved about it which is something he rarely did for any recipe!

  • cindiak
    Aug 15, 2019

    I absolutely love this recipe. It always gets rave reviews and I get asked to make it for every potluck at work.

  • _nlfPA
    May 7, 2019

    These are terrific. I have a recipe like this only they are called Calico Beans. These are so very good.

  • delowenstein
    Oct 3, 2018

    This dish was so good! I did make adjustments-I had no bacon, so I omitted the bacon and I'd used a can of chili with beans. I didn't have regular beef either which was why I'd used the canned chili! I also used Dijon mustard. I had the other ingredients on hand! This recipe is a real winner!

  • delowenstein
    Oct 3, 2018

    This dish was so good! I did make adjustments-I had no bacon, so I omitted the bacon and I'd used a can of chili with beans. I didn't have regular beef either which was why I'd used the canned chili! I also used Dijon mustard. I had the other ingredients on hand! This recipe is a real winner!

  • Guidopuppy
    Jun 28, 2017

    These beans are terrific! I made these for a church potluck and I took an empty dish home with me.

  • cynandtom
    Jun 27, 2017

    We always make my Mom's Baked Beans. I have never tried another recipe because hubby and I love them so much. When I saw this recipe, hubby reluctantly agreed to try it. We both loved it, fantastic flavor and texture!! Not better than Mom's just different, so we will now be making both. The only changes I made were adding a little Worchestershire sauce and topping with bacon.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    This recipe is awesome!! This is a friend of our's favorite so we fix it many time they're over for a meal!!

  • lcrespo8889
    May 30, 2017

    My family and friends loved this recipe, I made it for a Memorial Day picnic. I made it as-is and wouldn't change a thing, maybe just double it because it was that good :) I will keep this around and it'll be a new go-to for picnics and Holidays.