If you’re looking for an easy, from-scratch baked beans recipe, look no further. This recipe is juicy, flavorful and super simple.

While you could simply buy canned baked beans and heat them up, this homemade version is so good (while being so easy to customize) that you won’t want to look back.

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When I think of baked beans, my mind conjures up images of backyard barbecues complete with paper plates and midwestern mosquitoes. What can I say? I’m a Missouri girl. But there are many ways to serve these easy baked beans.

What to serve baked beans with:

  • hamburgers or other grilled meat
  • on top of a hot dog
  • BBQ sandwiches, such as pulled pork
  • cornbread
  • on top of toast with a poached egg – if you’re feeling British 🙂

I’m thinking of this easy baked bean recipe that has two steps. The first stage is to cook everything in a frying pan or forehead on the stove. If you stop there, these baked beans will be less thick and more juicy. It reminds me of a more British style baked beans at this point.

But the second stage is to bake them in the oven, which makes the flavors thicker and deeper. The result is baked beans that feel more like what I’m used to – an accompaniment to a BBQ meal. However, this recipe is delicious at both stages, so you can choose whichever option you prefer.

Homemade Baked Bean Ingredients:

  • Navy beans
  • Bacon (or you can use salt pork or pork)
  • Yellow onion
  • Green pepper
  • Garlic
  • BBQ sauce, bought in the store or Make your own
  • Dijon mustard
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Tomato sauce
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne

If you have leftovers, you can store baked beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least three days and reheat them on the stove or microwave as needed. You can also freeze them after cooking, then thaw and reheat when you want to eat them.

If you make these baked beans, let us know what you think in the comments! Plus, I always love hearing how people who live in different regions of the US (or around the world) make recipes like this differently. So if you have a version you like, let us know how it differs. xo. Emma

Easy Baked Beans

from scratch baked beans made with navy beans

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  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 yellow onion small to medium sized
  • 1 Bell pepper green
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • teaspoonfuls paprika
  • 1 teaspoonful chili powder
  • ½ teaspoonful cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoonfuls BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoonfuls Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce a small can
  • 32 ounces two cans of navy beans drained
  • Cook the bacon in a frying pan. You want the bacon cooked through, but not too crispy.

  • Remove the bacon to a plate. Continue to cook in the bacon fat.

  • Add the chopped onion and green pepper to the same frying pan. Cook for 2 minutes until soft.

  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

  • Sprinkle in paprika, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Stir to coat everything with the spices.

  • Add apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, Dijon mustard and tomato sauce. Stir to mix everything together.

  • Stir in the drained navy beans. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.

  • If necessary, transfer the dish to an oven-safe roasting pan.

  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 2g | Trans fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3mg

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