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Three-Bean Baked Beans Recipe

Three-Bean Baked Beans Recipe

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: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 5 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with bacon and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional 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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Guidopuppy User ID: 193187 268637
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

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

cynandtom User ID: 2224843 268578
Reviewed 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 User ID: 845443 268489
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6752336 267496
Reviewed 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."

Deborah User ID: 8883468 264211
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2017

"Now that I have stopped crying... I believe this is a recipe I have been looking for for many, many years. Since before my dad passed. Is there any way for me to get ahold of Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio who submitted this recipe? I would like to get her aunt's version, the one before Julie adapted it for her family.

Thanks to anyone for taking the time to help me out. :)"

dublinlab User ID: 1682119 253631
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"Very good, l did not add the ground, was having a bbq so not needed l felt. I used maple syrup in place of the sugar. I will make this again. Janet. VFE"

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 248043
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"The family love these baked beans with picnics! I choose to use all brown sugar and no white, and sometimes I do not use the burger, and instead use a 12 oz package of center cut bacon. Really wonderful flavor!!"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 239183
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"I made these beans yesterday and my family really liked them. I had eight frankfurters in the freezer, so I sliced them up and used them instead of the ground beef. I will definitely make these beans again, next time with the ground beef. Great recipe!"

4bakergirls User ID: 1572587 237216
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"I don't even remember how many years ago I found this recipe from Taste of Home. I've been making it for our family as well as others for a long time. This is always a hit and people ask me for the recipe. I either bake it in the oven or put all the ingredients in a crock pot and let it cook all day. I have served it with white rice and shredded cheddar cheese or with tortillas, sour cream, Mexican shredded cheese, topped with diced tomatoes. Either way, this is such an easy and nutritious meal!"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 229068
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"Family and Friends empties out the entire Pan of these wonderful Beans. I felt that the recipe was right on. I did leave out the white sugar. Next time I'd add a can of Black Beans. Just for color. Perfect one to make the day before * Hardest thing was opening up the cans *

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DeboraLZ User ID: 7556927 229009
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"We like our food a bit more spicy, so I put in a heaping teaspoon of chili powder and it was perfect!"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 226691
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"My husband likes these baked beans. It freezes well."

Adavie01 User ID: 5962039 222691
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"We absolutely love this recipe! Store bought baked beans haven't tasted anywhere near as good since. The one thing we don't like though is having ground beef in it. It just changes the texture and dynamic of the beans we don't care for it, so we omit that."

Juliad0514 User ID: 6926260 65287
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"I make this for every summer backyard party....ALWAYS a huge hit. Everyone tells me they're the best baked beans they've ever had. This one is definitely a keeper. We have a big family so I usually double the recipe and use a whole pound of bacon just because it's easier. Other than that I keep everything exactly the same. Love it."

Potempa User ID: 1789758 29665
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"We had friends over for the 4th of July and I made these beans, What a hit! Everyone loved them and kept asking for seconds. I will definitely make these again. It is a keeper."

butterfly3gayle User ID: 3267063 47563
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Our family's favorite baked bean recipe!"

googooeyes User ID: 6555626 202773
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"I have been making this recipe for years, ever since it was first issued in Taste of Home. I don't do anything different, it's perfect as is. I am always asked to bring these beans to potlucks.

Thank you Julie Currington for submitting your recipe!"

twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 47562
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"Very good and easy to make. A winner in my family."

twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 58273
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"This is so easy to make and my family loves it. This one to keep on file for that next picnic or that next dish to pass party."

Markd1920 User ID: 7279781 65282
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"My family simply loves this recipe. We call it "Dad's Beans" and the whole family looks forward to it. The next time I make it I am going to double the recipe, but for the second cans of butter and kidney beans, I am going to substitute Pinto and Black beans. I cook them in my big bean pot, in the oven at about 200-250 with the lid on for 3-4 hours and they never fail. I will let you know how the 5 bean variant comes out."

bmlaw2 User ID: 1155988 48520
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"Now family classic, they are known as the Beans of Destiny. We serve this at almost any informal group meal, any excuse we can make."

wulfie User ID: 1017474 47561
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Have made this recipe several times. It is always a hit."

Carol.Smith User ID: 6017336 57899
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"This is always a big hit at all our family gatherings. I double the recipe and put them in a crock pot for about 3-4 hrs on low. Delicious!"

racyrhoads User ID: 2627658 65276
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"These beans were excellent. I made them for my grandsons birthday party and came home with an empty pan!"

kel dehnert User ID: 4315865 202772
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"Very good recipe. The sauce has a nice sweet taste with just a tiny kick."

Hannah's Mom User ID: 4433549 29609
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"My family & I love this recipe! I have had many requests for this recipe. Everytime our church has a potluck, I am asked to bring this dish, I always come home with an empty dish."

erospert User ID: 1047861 50040
Reviewed May. 25, 2008

"These baked beans have been a much requested side-dish in our home during the summer months. I have tried several other recipes over the years but gave them up when I came across this one."

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