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Western-Style Beef and Beans

This hearty, crowd-pleasing dish is a comforting meal on a chilly night with bread and a salad. It also makes a delicious side dish. It doesn't take long to make but tastes like it simmered all day. —Jolene Lopez, Wichita, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans with molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef, onions and celery until meat is no longer pink; drain. Dissolve bouillon in water; stir into beef mixture. Add the beans, ketchup, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well.
  • Transfer to an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 60-70 minutes or until bubbly; stir. Sprinkle with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 405 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 1777mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • callj
    Oct 25, 2018

    My family loves this!!!

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 26, 2017

    Great!! Yummy

  • mrsoak
    Mar 4, 2016

    !for more. I always bring copies of the recipe, because I get requests. Since I have been making this for fourteen years. Ever since I found the recipe in the magazine I have been making it. In fact people ae calling them them Tara's magazine beans! There are hardly ever leftovers,but when I make them for the family, they are even better the next day.

  • gunslinger
    Dec 11, 2014

    These baked beans were delicious. Perfect side dish for a hamburger and hotdog cookout!

  • kimduggan
    Sep 13, 2013

    A tradition at potlucks

  • elaine611
    Feb 15, 2012

    Great for Potluck or even Happy hour when you have food

  • Mooster
    May 29, 2011

    I make this recipe often - sometimes as a main dish, but by reducing the amount of beef and liquid, I can turn it into a side dish for picnics as well.

  • BarbaraJeanne
    Sep 30, 2010

    We love this and it's also a great way to recycle left over meat loaf. I make half the recipe for the 4 children when we are having chili.

  • imvideomom
    Jul 10, 2010

    I love this recipe. I usually cut the amount of ground beef in half and reduce the bouillon and water so it's more like a side dish than a main meal.

  • Tammy C.
    Feb 22, 2010

    I have made this recipes many times since it first appeared in the magazine. My family loves it. My husband prefers it without the bacon. He is not a fan of the smokey flavor bacon puts in things. The kids and I like to put some shredded cheese on top and eat it with tortilla chips.