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Triple Bean Bake with Bacon

Tried and true baked beans go from ordinary to extraordinary when you mix bean varieties and add the zing of horseradish. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard


  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until tender.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients; return bacon to pan. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and bake until desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 278 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 588mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 8g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • Ken
    Oct 25, 2020

    I use this recipe for picnics and outdoor parties. Almost never ring any home.

  • cparmenter
    Jun 23, 2020

    I would recommend making the recipe exactly as written. These are great the way it is. All the reviewers who are saying they added tomato based products or ground beef are making a different recipe than what this one is intended to be. This simple sauce highlights the flavor of the beans without covering them with a thick tomato based sauce. If you are looking for traditional baked beans, this is not that recipe! If you are looking for a new, unique flavor for a bean dish that is baked, try this one! My family loves this recipe and I have made it often. The sweet, tangy, spicy combo is just right, but still allows the flavor of the beans to be the focus.

  • pajamaangel
    Jun 6, 2017

    These were a hit! I had to subsitute Lima Beans for the Butter Beans as my store doesn't carry butter beans. I will definitely make these again!

  • j22
    Apr 16, 2017

    No comment left

  • Psalm127-3
    May 10, 2016

    how easy does this look? looks like a winner to me, plus I have all ingreds except butter beans but I do have other canned beans I'll use. can't wait-thanks for sharing

  • shereeder
    May 10, 2016

    I make these with browned hamburger also. I use a bit of vinegar and less brown sugar. Mine calls for catsup also. Absolutely love the taste as it almost makes a meal in itself. They're always a hit at family potlucks.

  • JGa2595176
    Jun 14, 2015

    Love the ease of this recipe and how I can swap out different kinds of beans if I want. I also add about 1/2 pound of browned ground beef to the mix. One of my most requested dishes at a potluck!

  • menkens
    May 27, 2015

    Did substitute the beans because of what I had on hand! Reduced the amount of brown sugar to 1/2 cup and since we are not "sweet" folks will reduce further next time ... increased the amount of horseradish and used spicy mustard. Did add a can of pork n beans -- all in all will make again with a few more modifications. Used 2-1/2 strips of bacon (all I had) along with 8 ounces of cubed ham which was cut into smaller pieces and half a pound of hamburger. They were will received at a Church pot-luck!

  • decar48
    Aug 14, 2014

    I took this for a July 4th picnic and everyone raved, including my 93 year old father who hates horseradish!!! Made them again last week and he praised them again!!!

  • mochiemom
    Aug 10, 2014

    Excellent recipe