Easy Baked Beans with Bacon
No one will know these baked beans are semi-homemade.
These baked beans are always a crowd pleaser.
They’re semi-homemade because a large can of VanCamp’s Pork and Beans are used.
They’re homemade because bell peppers, onion, brown sugar, ketchup and bacon are added to the canned beans to make an amazingly delicious big pan of baked beans.
I like to use my favorite oval roaster to cook these beans.
It’s the old fashioned type that is colored in either black or blue and has white specs on it.
It’s the same kind I remember my grandmother using.
The roaster pan is made by Granite Ware.
In this recipe the baked beans are cooked in a small size oval roaster (15-inch size).
These baked beans make a wonderful side dish, and they smell SO good when they’re cooking.
Let’s check out the ingredients.
Canned Van Camp’s Pork and Beans, ketchup, onion, green bell pepper, brown sugar, and uncooked bacon; and a 15-inch size oval roaster pan
A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.
Here’s how to make it.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small oval roasting pan (15-inches), add canned pork and beans, chopped green bell pepper, chopped onion, ketchup and brown sugar.
On top of the bean mixture…
…lay each strip of uncooked bacon flat, so that it covers the beans.
Bake uncovered in a preheated oven for 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, cook it a little bit longer until it does.
After the beans are cooked, transfer the pieces of cooked bacon from the beans onto a plate. Remove the fat from the bacon and discard it (the fat). Put the lean pieces of bacon back into the beans and stir.
If a thinner consistency for the beans is desired, stir in a little bit of water.
Serve the beans warm as a delicious side dish.
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- 1 large can (31 ounces) Van Camp’s beans discard the cubes of fat that are on top of the beans in the can
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 3/4 of an onion peeled and chopped
- 1 medium size green bell pepper stem and seeds removed, chopped
- 7 uncooked strips of bacon
- A 15-inch size oval roaster pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small oval roasting pan add the baked beans (including the liquid in the cans), brown sugar, ketchup, onion and bell pepper. Stir together well.
- On top of the bean mixture, lay each strip of uncooked bacon flat so that it covers the beans.
- Baked uncovered in a preheated oven for one hour.
- The bacon should have some darkness around the edges when it’s done. If after an hour the bacon edges haven’t darkened, cook it a little bit longer until it does.
- After the beans are cooked, transfer the bacon from the top of the beans onto a plate.
- Then remove the fat from the bacon and discard. Add the lean pieces of bacon back into the pot of beans and stir.
- If a thinner consistency for the beans is desired, stir in a little bit of water.
- Serve warm.