We love baked beans as a side dish. These bacon baked beans 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 to difficult. It does require planning ahead. But they are so worth it. And there is bacon, so you can’t go wrong!
baked beans recipe from scratch
2 cans pinto beans
1/2 pound 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
1 Tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
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 and add onions and peppers and cook until they are translucent.
Add the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, molasses, salt, pepper and garlic and stir.
Once incorporated, add the pinto beans and stir again over medium heat.
The beans are going to need time to reduce their liquid by half. This may take 30+ minutes.
You could bake them if you wanted, but not necessary if you want to cook in a pan.
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.
Tip: Mince the entire onion and freeze the rest in small containers for use later.