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Old Fashioned Baked Beans are hearty enough to eat as a meal and make a great dish for potlucks. These baked beans are easy to make but taste like they simmered all day long!

Close up of a plate with old fashioned baked beans and a hot dog

Summer may be wrapping up and I may be excited about fall foods (all.the.pumpkin!), but I’m still not quite ready to let go of cookout dishes.

Good thing I have a few cookouts planned before warm weather wraps up!

Bowl of old fashioned baked beans

One dish that I know I’ll be taking with me are these Old Fashioned Baked Beans. I always keep the ingredients for them on hand because they are a huge hit any time I take them to a potluck or cookout.

Hot dog and old fashioned baked beans on a white plate next to bowls of baked beans


Here in the Midwest, it’s not really a potluck without two sides: macaroni salad and baked beans.

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what protein is being served as the main dish as long as you’ve got a plate full of carbs and beans. Don’t forget a veggie pizza appetizer and a piece of pineapple cake for dessert!

Us Midwesterners really know how to party.

Old fashioned beans in a pan ready to be baked

That being said…homemade baked beans are kind of a hassle to make from scratch. Remembering to soak dried beans overnight and then cooking them for hours?

No thanks.

Plate with a hot dog and old fashioned baked beans

This recipe for Old Fashioned Baked Beans is really more my style. I still consider them homemade but they start with canned beans so they don’t take forever to make.

I suppose some people might consider these to be “doctored up” baked beans. But I choose to call them homemade because they do take more effort than just eating up a can of pork and beans. You with me?

Old fashioned baked beans and a hot dog on a white plate


These baked beans start with diced bacon and ground beef, which get browned in a skillet with some diced onion.

While that cooks, mix up a tangy and sweet sauce with some ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, sugar, mustard and spices. This sauce is what really makes these Old Fashioned Baked Beans amazing!

Skillet of old fashioned baked beans fresh from the oven

Once the meat is browned, combine it with a can of kidney beans and a couple cans of pork and beans. Add the sauce and bake it all for over an hour.

When it comes out of the oven, it’ll be hot and bubbly with some caramelized spots on top and around the edges.
Those spots where the sugars in the sauce caramelize? That’s where the magic is at for Old Fashioned Baked Beans.

Close-up view of old fashioned baked beans with bacon and ground beef

Even though most people eat baked beans as a side, this recipe is hearty enough to serve as a main dish alongside a salad and some crusty bread or bacon cheddar biscuits. Hey, don’t knock it ‘til ya try it!

Spoon scooping up old fashioned baked beans from a plate

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Old Fashioned Baked Beans

By: Jamie
4.50 from 24 ratings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Old Fashioned Baked Beans are hearty enough to eat as a meal and make a great dish for potlucks. These baked beans are easy to make but taste like they simmered all day long!


  • ½ pound diced bacon
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 can kidney beans 15 ounces
  • 2 cans Bush’s Original baked Beans 28 ounces each
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons molasses
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In skillet, brown bacon, ground beef and chopped onion.
  • Meanwhile mix together both sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, chili powder, salt, pepper, and mustard; set aside.
  • Drain off excess fat and mix with beans and sauce.
  • Bake uncovered at 350°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.



Calories: 476kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 1222mg, Potassium: 798mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 88IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 118mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

4.50 from 24 votes (24 ratings without comment)

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  1. Monica says:

    Can I do this in the crock pot?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! I haven’t attempted this recipe in the slow cooker, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I’d love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    2. Rebecca H says:


      I just did these in the crock pot over the 4th. On high for 1.5
      -2hrs (cook ground beef and bacon, mix everything else together in the crock and then add meat and start) you don’t get the caramelized effect but they still taste great! I wanted them heated up “quickly” so I’m sure if you did low for longer you’d likely get the same effect.

    3. Jamie says:

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your feedback, Rebecca! Happy baking!

  2. Judy says:

    those baked beans looked good.

  3. Ali says:

    Can you make this ahead and stick it in the fridge for several hours before baking?

    1. Jamie says:


  4. Lisa says:

    Love this I’m here in The mountains of Virginia.
    We make this for all our reunions its delish!

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoy the beans, Lisa! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave your feedback. Happy Baking!

  5. Carol says:

    This sounds good, but what  is the amount for molasses?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! Should be 1-2 tablespoons. I just fixed it in the recipe card. Happy baking!

  6. Pamela says:

    These look delicious. My family are quite the bean lovers of almost any type. I can’t wait to try this. Is there a yield for this dish? About how many will it feed?

  7. Pip says:

    Forgive my *ahem* ignorance, but how can a recipe for baked beans include 2 cans of baked beans?