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Western-Style Beef and Beans Recipe

Western-Style Beef and Beans Recipe

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 YIELD: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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Transfer to an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 60-70 minutes or until bubbly; stir. Sprinkle with bacon. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional 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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268500
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2017

"Great!! Yummy"

mrsoak User ID: 1995667 244886
Reviewed 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 User ID: 544392 214560
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

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

kimduggan User ID: 7388658 65266
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"A tradition at potlucks"

elaine611 User ID: 6533297 49613
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Great for potluck or even Happy hour when you have food"

Mooster User ID: 3101162 28905
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1843732 24208
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1160174 53330
Reviewed 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. User ID: 1187401 49612
Reviewed 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."

vseleski User ID: 4256724 25545
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"I cut the recipe in half since I wasn't having a party! Omitted the bacon and just cooked it on the stovetop. Much better than plain old baked beans out of a can."

Mooster User ID: 3101162 20077
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2008 Edited May. 29, 2011

"I've made this several times and my family loves it. Can't say how it might be the next day because there are never any "left-overs"."

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