Baked Beans with Bacon Recipe
We love baked beans as a side dish. These bacon baked beans with bacon are delicious. Don’t let the name fool you, they don’t have to be baked, you can cook them right on your stove. And making baked beans from scratch isn’t too difficult. It does require planning and they are so worth it. And there is bacon, so you can’t go wrong!
2 cans pinto beans
1/2 pound cooked bacon, cut into 1/4- 1/2″ pieces
1/2 cup onion, minced
1/4 cup minced bell pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon mustard
2 Tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Preheat the oven 400F (if you are baking the beans)
In a large bowl, stir together the molasses, brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, minced garlic, salt & pepper.
Add the onions and peppers and stir, then add the bacon.
Once incorporated, add the pinto beans and stir together
Place into a casserole dish and bake for at least an hour.
The beans are going to need time to reduce their liquid by half, but not dry. About an hour, possibly more.
Once cooked allow the beans to sit. The beans will reduce the liquid some more as well.
These are perfect to server for the upcoming holidays or when you are grilling.
Bacon totally makes them better and you can serve them with smoked barbecue ribs.
How to Make Bacon Baked Beans
- 2 cans cans pinto beans
- 1/2 pound bacon cut into 1/4- 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 1/2 cup minced bell pepper
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Preheat oven 450F.
- In a large pan, add the bacon and cook it down until it's cooked, but not crispy.
- Once cooked, keep the bacon fat and bacon in the pan and add onions and peppers and cook until they are translucent.
- In a bowl, add the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, molasses, salt, pepper and garlic and stir.
- Once incorporated, add the pinto beans.
- Place into a casserole dish and bake for at least an hour.
- The beans are going to need time to reduce their liquid by half, but not dry. About an hour, possibly more.
- Once cooked allow the beans to sit. The beans will reduce the liquid some more as well.
- These are perfect to server for the upcoming holidays or when you are grilling.Bacon totally makes them better and you can serve them with smoked barbecue ribs.
Bacon Baked Bean Tips
- Mince the entire onion and freeze the rest in small containers for use later.
- You can leave some of the bacon grease in the pan if you want (1-2 teaspoons) for more bacon flavor.
- Bacon can also be baked if you want to reduce the amount of bacon grease.
- If you don’t want to bake them, you can cook them on the stove top, cooking down the veggies until translucent and adding the other ingredients and then reducing the liquid on the stove top (around 30 minutes).
- You do not need to drain the pinto beans.
- Make these ahead of time (a day ahead), they get more flavorful.
- Reduce the cooking time, by draining the pinto beans.
This baked bean recipe is so easy but SUPER delicious! I was having difficulty finding a recipe from scratch (so many start with a base of pork and beans) but didn’t involve dried beans, and this fits the bill perfectly. The flavors are incredible, and I will never be able to go back to canned again!
So glad you enjoyed this recipe. It is one of our go to baked bean recipes too.