Root Beer Baked Beans Recipe

These best-tasting Root Beer Baked Beans are hearty and thick, sweet and savory; the BEST potluck, barbecue, or holiday dish for any party!

Root Beer Baked BeansWhat gets in the way of smooth entertaining?  Two things come to mind with me and with other hostesses that I notice: Apologizing and not enjoying myself at a party. So for holiday and summer entertaining ahead, I plan to work on both of these issues.

But first, get a pot of these Root Beer Baked Beans baking in your oven … because they are the perfect side dish for any barbecue or party!

I’ve fallen into these tiny “traps” many times, so now I try to catch myself. I’ve also noticed when others apologize, or seem stressed at a get-together, and I want to say, “stop! … don’t do it.”

Especially when it comes to apologizing, It really does bring attention to ourselves and points out the situation, when realistically our guests may have never noticed.

Anyway, these 2 things are what I tend to be guilty of, and are two things that I’m working on as a hostess. I wonder if you struggle with the same things?

Root Beer Baked Beans


Apologizing to guests. Learn to bite your tongue when something burns or doesn’t turn out. Words of apology should never come out of a hostess’s mouth. They put the focus on what went wrong, and make guests uncomfortable. Many times, if we keep our mouths closed, no one will be the wiser.

MISTAKE: “I’m so sorry I scorched the chicken!” Once you apologize, you can change the whole course of the evening. Everyone is thinking about what went wrong, it makes them uncomfortable, it takes away from the once–relaxed setting, and all eyes are on YOU. Many times, guests would never have known something went bad if you would have kept it to yourself.

ADJUST. Learn to adjust and quickly (and quietly to yourself) to how you can add a sauce, change the presentation of the food (turn the burnt side down), add fresh herbs to make it look better, or if a dessert, add whipped cream on top.

Relax and enjoy.

Working too much. Take off that apron (once you get the meal on the table), get out of the kitchen, grab a plate of food, and join your guests. Remember why you threw this gathering in the first place?

MISTAKE: “My house is not perfect, thus I don’t want people over!” When we fall into the “perfection-trap,” we lose our joy and ability to enjoy others. Our mind is on ourselves and it’s a very selfish focus. Once we learn to put our perfections aside (and realize we are all imperfect), we can move on to the benefits of entertaining: spending time with family and friends and getting to know them in a deeper way. We create healthy memories for our children when we invite people over and show them how to become hospitable.

ADJUST: Learn to sit back, relax, and enjoy your guests!

Root Beer Baked Beans

Root Beer Baked Beans.

Last week, our friends invited us over, and I brought dinner. Nothing fancy, but delicious for sure, because in the oven was a big pan of Root Beer Baked Beans baking!

Root Beer Baked Beans

Our plan was to serve a traditional hot dog meal, with fresh fruit and baked beans. We watched the Women’s World Cup game and enjoyed some light fare. Inside the house this time…..

Root Beer Baked Beans

We’re in a heat wave in Oregon right now. Everyone is praying their air conditions will not conk out, and jumping into pools several times a day! {Looking for a fabulous Zucchini Relish recipe? You’ve got to try my recipe … I’ve been making it for years. It’s also sweet and savory – delish!}

Root Beer Baked Beans

Set the table.

A buffet table was all that we needed to load up our plates, and enjoy the game.

And … it was cool on the inside, so that is where we ate (thank you, A/C!)

Do you have a hard time relaxing with your guests?

Root Beer Baked Beans

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Root Beer Baked Beans

Adapted from Family Circle June 2015 magazine.
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 8 -10


  • 6 slices smoked bacon
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can 15 oz Bush’s Pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can 15 oz Bush’s Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can 15 oz Bush’s Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup root beer not diet
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook bacon in a large frying pan (braiser or oven-safe pot) over medium-high heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove bacon to a stack of paper towels to remove grease; cool and chop.
  • Add onion to baking dish, reduce heat to medium and cook 5 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Cook ground turkey in the same pan for about 5-7 minutes until browned, add the onions and bacon to the meat and stir.
  • Stir in beans, root beer, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, mustard, paprika and salt. Add chopped bacon. Bring to a simmer and transfer dish to oven.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 45 minutes; serve!

More barbecue side dishes: Avocado & Three Bean Salad [Noble Pig], Cucumber Salad with Pineapple & Cilantro [RE], Mandarin Orange Salad [RE], Creamy Pasta Salad [Barefeet in the Kitchen], Summer Berry Spinach Salad [FoodieCrush].

Root Beer Baked Beans

8 comments on “Root Beer Baked Beans Recipe”

  1. Could this be made w/o the turkey? would I have to change the amounts of the rest of the ingredients? Looks delish!!

  2. Wow, these sounds so awesome!!

  3. Great tips Sandy!! and LOVE the recipe!! beans and root beer!

  4. Yeah I have a perfection problem with company..I’m still learning to go with the flow. I think mistakes are good for me though, it keeps me on my toes! Love the root beer, I want to try it in my beans soon!

  5. I’m pretty laid back so I don’t have much of a problem relaxing. But if someone else seems to be a little frazzled than I tend to second guess myself (ie…hubby who tends to be more of a perfectionist than me). I’d leave everything sitting out so I could sit and visit, he’d rather put things away and clean the kitchen

  6. I loved entertaining years ago, but now with teenage boys
    and two big golden retrievers, my house always seems to be a mess. I have a hard time letting go of my perfectionism and now I am reluctant to have friends over, and when I do have them over, I do apologize throughout the evening. My husband gets upset with me and that makes matters even worse!

  7. This recipe reminds me – much- of Calico Beans… all but the root beer. I’ll have to try to remember to add that ingredient next time, I make these beans. Love beans!!. :) – And, it’s always fun to try new things, too.

    Hope you’ll keep finding ways to keep cool… Happy Fourth!!

    I always enjoying your encouraging posts… Sandy!! You’re such an inspiration and constant blessing!!!

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