Easy semi-homemade baked beans that are great for feeding a crowd, or for just having extra leftovers. 

Baked Beans with Bacon in Bowl

These baked beans are easy to make and a crowd-pleaser side dish for any occasion.

They’re hearty which is great for serving a crowd.

And the house smells so good while the baked beans are cooking.

Spoon of baked beans with bacon

Feeding a Crowd

The baked beans are great for informal gatherings too because guests can serve themselves right out of the pan.

Here are more of my go-to crowd-pleaser side dish recipes you may like “Easy Potato Salad with Egg“, “Homemade Elbow Macaroni Salad” and “Cherry, Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Ambrosia Salad“.

About Leftovers

These baked beans are ideal for leftovers as a snack, or as a side dish with lunch or dinner.

They warm up nicely in the microwave too.

Baked Beans with Bacon in bowl

About the Ingredients

The “semi” homemade part of this recipe are the canned beans

In this recipe, I use canned Van Camp’s pork and beans.

The “homemade” part of this recipe are all of the other ingredients

A co-worker of mine gave me this recipe a long time ago.

I’ve changed the recipe up over the years by adding more bell pepper and onion, and less brown sugar.

About Cooking the Beans 

These baked beans are cooked in a small oval roaster pan (15-inch size) and normally take about an hour to bake.

The beans have a layer of bacon on top and are baked uncovered.

Here are more recipes made in an oval roaster pan that you may like “Roaster Pan Pork Chop Dinner with Potatoes and Vegetables“, “Marsala Pot Roast Dinner” and “Beef Stew with Vegetables and Red Wine“.

Baked beans with bacon in spoon

It tastes wonderful and no one has to know that it’s semi-homemadeit’s the chef’s secret.

These baked beans are moderately sweet so feel free to decrease the amount of brown sugar.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Baked Beans Ingredients

Baked Beans – VanCamp’s Pork and Beans, ketchup, onion (white or yellow), green bell pepper, brown sugar, uncooked bacon, and ground black pepper

Pan – A 15-inch size oval roaster pan

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Beans:

Small Oval Roaster Pan

In a small oval roasting pan (15-inches)…

Add canned beans to pan

…add…

Canned beans in roaster pan

…canned VanCamp’s pork and beans (if there are any pieces of pork fat in the can of beans, remove and discard it).

Ketchup:

Add ketchup to beans in pan

To the pan, add ketchup.

Vegetables and Brown Sugar:

Chopped bell pepper on cutting board

Add chopped bell pepper to beans

To the pan, add chopped green bell pepper…

Chopped onion on cutting board

Add chopped onion in beans

…chopped onion…

Add brown sugar to beans

…and…

Add brown sugar to beans

…brown sugar (loosely packed in a measuring cup).

Baked Beans Ingredients in Pan

If less sweet baked beans are preferred, reduce the amount of brown sugar.

Stir:

Stir baked beans in pan

Using a large sturdy spoon,

Stir baked beans in pan

Baked Beans Ingredients in Pan

…stir together.

Baked Beans Ingredients in Pan

Bacon:

Baked beans with Bacon Strips

Lay bacon on beans in pan

…on top of the beans…

Bacon on beans in pan

…lay strips of uncooked bacon.

Bacon on beans in pan

Cover as much of the beans as possible with the strips of bacon.

Try to layer the bacon on top of the beans rather than laying the strips of bacon on top of one another.

Pepper on Bacon in Beans

Sprinkle ground black pepper on top of the bacon.

Bake Uncovered:

Bacon and Baked Beans in Oven

Bake uncovered in a preheated oven (at 350 degrees F.) until…

Baked beans in pan

…the bacon is cooked through and the liquid in the beans has thickened (about 1 hour).

The bacon should have some darkness around the edges when it’s done.

If after an hour, the bacon edges haven’t darkened, continue to bake the beans until the edges of the bacon start to darken.

Cooked Bacon:

Cooked bacon on plate

After the baked beans and bacon are cooked, transfer the pieces of bacon from the roaster pan onto a plate.

Bacon in pan of baked beans

Remove the fat from the bacon and discard it (the fat).

Add the lean pieces of bacon back into the roaster pan with the beans…

Stir baked beans with bacon

…and…

Stir bacon with baked beans

Stir bacon and baked beans

…stir together.

Baked beans in roaster pan

TIP – If the beans are too thick, stir in a little water.

TIP – If the beans are too thin, put them back in the oven (uncovered) until some of the liquid reduces

Serve:

Baked beans in roaster pan

Next,

Baked beans and bacon in bowl

…time to eat.

Baked Beans with Bacon in Bowl

Serve warm…

Baked Beans with Bacon

…and enjoy…

Bite of baked beans from bowl

…each and every delicious bite.

Baked beans in bowl

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Baked Beans with Bacon in Bowl

Easy Baked Beans with Bacon

These easy semi-homemade baked beans make a delicious side dish that's great for feeding a crowd any time of the year.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 large (tall) can (53 ounces) Van Camp’s Pork and Beans discard the cubes of fat that are on top of the beans in the can
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup chopped onion (white or yellow) equals about 1 small to medium-size onion
  • 1 cup (heaping) chopped green bell pepper equals about 1 medium size green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) brown sugar (light or dark) if less sweet baked beans are preferred, decrease the amount of brown sugar
  • 8 slices uncooked bacon (as lean as possible)
  • 6 dashes ground black pepper

Equipment

  • 15-Inch Oval Roaster Pan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small oval roasting pan add the baked beans (including the liquid in the can), ketchup, green bell pepper, onion, and brown sugar.  Stir until incorporated.
  • On top of the beans, lay strips of uncooked bacon. Cover the beans as much as possible with the strips of bacon without "doubling up" on the bacon strips (try to layer the bacon on top of the beans rather than laying the strips of bacon on top of one another).
  • Sprinkle ground black pepper on top of the bacon.
  • Bake uncovered in a preheated oven until the bacon is cooked through and the liquid in the beans has thickened up to the desired consistency (about 1 hour).
    The bacon should have some darkness around the edges when it's done.
    If after an hour, the bacon edges haven't darkened, continue to bake the beans a little longer until the edges of the bacon start to darken.
  • After the baked beans and bacon are cooked, transfer the pieces of bacon from the roaster pan onto a plate.
  • Remove the fat from the bacon and discard it (the fat). Add the lean pieces of bacon back into the roaster pan with the beans and stir together.
  • If a thinner consistency is preferred, stir in a little bit of water.
    If a thicker consistency is preferred, put the beans back in the oven (uncovered) just long enough for the liquid in the beans to reduce further.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

TIPS:

  1. If less sweet baked beans are preferred, decrease the amount of brown sugar used in the recipe.
  2. If a thinner consistency is preferred, stir in a little bit of water.
  3. If a thicker consistency is preferred, put the beans back in the oven (uncovered) just long enough for the liquid in the beans to reduce further.

This recipe was originally posted on May 9, 2011.