How to Make Baked Beans

Baked Beans

What’s more wonderful than spending a warm, relaxing summer evening around the table or in the pool with family. This last week, since our sons were both home (our daughter in Hawaii with a friend), I pulled out my mom’s cookbooks and scoured them for a recipe for how to make baked beans. You know, the good kind, sweet and full of good things (like bacon!), and I found this perfect recipe.

I was happy, because I had all the ingredients in the house, too. I hate running to the store, so I usually keep on reading until I know I have everything on hand.

Summer splash

Since our son is going to summer school up in Eugene, I doubled the batch and made a big pot so he could take some food back with him. I used our beloved Bush’s Beans (the tastiest around!) and my mom’s recipe from the church cookbook, and our sons were singing their mom’s praise! That’s always music to my ears. Boys love their mama’s cooking. :)

After preparing it ahead of time, I set the 9×13 pan aside until it was time to bake. We made chicken skewers and fresh green beans from the garden (with pesto and almonds – yum!) for dinner.

It was the perfect “send-off” meal, I’d say.

Baked Beans

This menu was simple and fresh, and the one dish I didn’t get in the picture was the Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad, which I will be sharing with you later.

Yay! for easy summer dishes, and celebrating life at mealtime together!

What’s your favorite way to make baked beans?

Baked Beans

Baked Beans
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Baked Beans Recipe

Great side dish or main dish, if you add ground turkey or other meat. Bacon is optional.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 sweet orange or yellow bell pepper cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 22 oz. cans of Grillin’ Beans
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 6-8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large frying pan, brown the ground turkey, onion and pepper for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the pork and beans and all of the other ingredients (except bacon). Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the prepared mixture to the 9×13 dish. Crumble the bacon on top and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 35 minutes; remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes.

12 comments on “How to Make Baked Beans”

  1. Hi Sandy…..My sister just called last night to say we are having a family get together at her house sometime in April and would I make bake beans. Two of my three sisters and I are always in cooking competition. The third sister don’t like to cook so she just enjoys our hard enjoyable work I have not make bake beans as of yet so I got on Reluctant Entertainer to find a recipe for bake beans to WOW them and the other family members. I found two and I am going to make and test this one first. I want the two sisters going to their lawn chairs with a plate of food feeling defeated as they eat my bake beans.
    I will enjoy their hotdogs and hamburgers. Just wondering If I can use sausage or chorizo instead of turkey

  2. Great idea to kick up the typical can of beans. I love the addition of ground turkey.

  3. Looks so spicy and rustic!

  4. We are on the same wavelength, Sandy! It’s just not the Fourth of July without tasty, smoky baked beans in my book and they’re always fun to serve and enjoy during cookouts. I’ll be sharing my recipe (using a dark beer reduction which makes them wildly wicked…look out Bobby Flay, LOL!) on Friday. Just posted Sweet Honey Corn Pudding with a gluten-free option using an all-natural homemade sweet cornbread mix to avoid food additives in packaged mixes. I hope you’ll try it for your gluten-free guests. Terrific go-with dishes for summertime BBQs is where it is at! Thanks for sharing your yummy baked bean recipe! xo

  5. Those look so good, I love baked beans!

  6. Baked beans are a summertime favorite, I can never get enough of them! Thanks for this great recipe.

  7. YUM! I love baked beans. I’ll have to try this recipe. I haven’t often fancied up baked beans but have a great BBQ bean and sausage dish that’s always a hit…

  8. We love Bush’s Beans around here! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Baked beans are a tradition in the South!!! Love ’em!!!

  10. Great recipe! Baked Beans are always a staple at our cookouts and summer get-togethers!

  11. We’re having a family gathering this weekend – hot dogs, sausages, potatoe salad and BAKED BEANS on the menu. I’ll give this recipe a try (without the turkey for those vegans in the crowd). Looks yummy.

    The gathering is to get the two families together for my daughter and her fiance – a “Meet the Families” event!!

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