Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe. I love this time of year because it puts me in a cooking mood and when I cook, I cook from scratch. One of my favorite things to make is baked beans because they turn out perfectly every time in my cast iron cookware dish and because everyone seems to really enjoy eating them. I’ve tried quite a few different recipes and surprisingly enough, I love each and every one of them. I do things a little differently sometimes, like adding in a hot pepper, or ground beef, but the main ingredients are as follows which I got from

baked beans

Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe

Northern Beans, dried

Soak beans overnight, rinse well several times, and cook on the stovetop for 3 hours on medium heat.

Drain beans and add them to your Dutch oven or your 4 quarts cast iron cookware dish. I used my KitchenAid dish.

Baked Beans made from scratch

Cook bacon and chop as suggested. I did not chop mine but wished I had cut it up smaller, after the fact.

Baked Beans Recipe

Dice onion and poblano pepper or any other type of hot pepper. The recipe above calls for jalapeno peppers. They aren’t hot enough for me. I had to throw in hot pepper. Had to.

Diced Onions

Hot Pepper

The recipe above calls for 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I used a whole cup. I like it sweet. And hot. Sweet and hot.

Baked Beans Recipe

Again, I’m ignoring the recipe above which calls for 1/4 cup tomato paste. I used 1 full can of tomato sauce instead. I didn’t want to chance to have baked beans that were too thick and dry. FYI next time I’ll use 2 cans of tomato sauce.

Baked Beans Recipe

Add 1/4 cup of molasses.

I did not have any vegetable broth so I skipped this step. Next time I’ll have vegetable broth on hand.

The recipe above calls for Cayenne pepper, I used Lousiana Hot Sauce. We’re from the country and we like it that way… ♫♫♫♫♫

Baked Beans Recipe

The below ingredients were not in the above recipe which I only use as a guide anyway. I always add more ingredients to my baked beans no matter which recipe I use as a basic recipe.

1 tablespoon of liquid smoke. Because.

Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe

Johnny’s garlic spread, 1 teaspoon. This is some good stuff.

Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe

Add 1/2 cup of ketchup.
Yummy ketchup.

Baked Beans Recipe

1/4 cup of mustard.

Baked Beans Recipe

Add the recommended amount of salt (2 teaspoons) and pepper (1 teaspoon) or add to taste preference.

Baked Beans Recipe

NOW, either slice up some Oscar Mayer hotdogs (1 pack) or brown a pound of ground beef. This time I used ground beef. Your bacon should be through so let drain while you ground the beef.

Baked Beans Recipe

Make sure to add any ingredients you haven’t added yet. I almost forgot my hot pepper. Yikes.

Baked Beans made from scratch

Baked Beans made from scratch

Baked Beans made from scratch

All that’s left now is to bake in the oven at 350 {with lid} for about 4 to 5 hours. Sometimes it takes longer and sometimes it doesn’t take this long. Start checking your pot of baked beans every 30 minutes, after 3 hours.

Call the family in. Say, Grace. Eat. Enjoy.

If you like my recipe, please share it. Thank you.

Original Publishing Date 12/11/2014

Refreshed and Republished 05/12/2023


  1. ohh this is is yummy! Though I am not very fond of baked beans, I like to eat some from time to time 🙂

  2. Ohhh my goodness! I’m not usually one who thinks “Hey, I want baked beans” but, after seeing this, i definitely think I want them now!! lol
    I’m pinning this and am going to make them this week…much to my husband’s shock, as I haven’t made them at all while we’ve been together. I got tired of them after living in the UK…but, then again, everything I experienced there was bland as hell and these would be anything but!

  3. I can see why these are well loved. I like the added kick of heat!

  4. Anytime you add bacon, you know it’ll be good! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I think I have some leftover GNbeans in my pantry.

  5. Mmmm those look delicious! I’ve never made them before. Will have to print your recipe and try them.

  6. Baked beans are one of my favorite sides! I’d like to try this recipe.

  7. Extra bacon in mine please! I love making beans!

  8. I’ve never had baked beans that weren’t from a can. This is awesome!

  9. I love baked beans, these look delicious. I cannot wait to try out this recipe

  10. I’ve never had baked beans. I think I will just have to skip the jalapeno or hot pepper because I don’t like anything spicy. But the hubs would love it hot.

  11. Omg these look delicious!!! I may just have to try these!

  12. Thank you. It’s finally starting to grow on me although I’ll always miss my old site.

  13. Thanks so much for pinning it.

  14. These look delicious! We love baked beans in our house and this looks like a delicious recipe. I pinned them to try it out later!

  15. Oooh this looks so yummy! I normally buy the can but wouldn’t mind attempting it on my own.

  16. This recipe looks so good!! I’m going to try it out!

  17. Baked beans and bacon are so amazing; this is a great recipe!

  18. What an amazing baked bean recipe. I’ve never made mine with great northern beans but will have to give it a try!

  19. I’m gonna give this a try. I’m obsessed with beans!

  20. The pictures are eye-popping! I think it’s a great easy to make dish!

  21. I love baked beans at summer cookouts! These look absolutely delicious. Love that you added hot sauce.

  22. I love baked beans. I have never had them homemade before!

  23. That looks so tasty! I”m going to pin this.

  24. These sound amazing! I have never tried yet to make my own homemade beans. I want to one day.

  25. Such a great recipe! Perfect for the very chilly weather we will have this winter 🙂

  26. Amazing photos! (and I love the new look of your blog too 😀 ) Thanks for sharing this recipe – I thought baked beans only came out of a can 😉

  27. I’ve never made homemade baked beans before – but your recipe looks great! Love that you added ground beef!

  28. Lol, I buy my northern beans from Walmart. They are in the dried beans section.

    Northern Beans

  29. I have never seen beef added to baked beans. That is a first. And where do you find Great Northern Beans? I have never heard of them (and I am from the Great White North 🙂 )

  30. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That sounds so good. Baked beans are one of my favorites!

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