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Easy Baked Beans with Bacon

These easy semi-homemade baked beans make a delicious side dish that’s great for feeding a crowd, or for just having extra leftovers. 

Baked Beans with Bacon in Bowl

These baked beans are a super easy, crowd-pleaser side dish.

They’re just the thing when it’s not clear how many guests are coming over, or how hungry they’ll be.

In this case, you can never have enough side dishes.

Spoon of baked beans with bacon

They’re great for informal gatherings because guests can just serve themselves right out of the pan.

I love going to someone’s place when there’s a nice variety of side dishes to choose from…kind of like how fun it is at a pot luck when there’s a lot of choices.

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“.

And these baked beans smell heavenly when they’re cooking which is an added bonus so that when guests arrive they’re greeted with the wonderful aroma of delicious food.

Or even if you’re not having a get-together, these beans are ideal for leftovers during the week to have as a snack, or to enjoy with lunch or dinner.

They warm up nicely in the microwave too.

Baked Beans with Bacon

These baked beans are semi-homemade because they’re made with a large can of VanCamp’s Pork and Beans.

I’ve found that this brand and variety of beans works best for this recipe because its more on the plain side as far as ingredients go, which is a good thing for use as a base in this scrumptious recipe.

This recipe is homemade because chopped bell peppers, onion, brown sugar and ketchup are added to the canned beans, along with a layer of bacon on top, then baked in a roaster pan to make an amazingly delicious big pan of baked beans.

An On-the-Sweet-Side Disclaimer – one thing to note is that these baked beans are on the sweet side, so if baked beans that are less sweet is preferred, feel free to decrease the amount of brown sugar used in the recipe.

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

A unique thing about how these beans are cooked is that a lid isn’t used.

Instead, a layer of bacon is placed on top of the beans and it’s baked in the oven 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

This recipe was given to me many years ago by a co-worker of mine when I worked in a grocery store.

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

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

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Baked Beans Ingredients

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

For the Pan – A 15-inch size oval roaster pan

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.

Small 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)

Add ketchup to beans in pan

…ketchup…

Chopped bell pepper

Add chopped bell pepper to beans

…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 baked beans in pan

Using a large sturdy spoon,

Stir baked beans in pan

Baked Bean Ingredients in Pan

…stir until the ingredients are incorporated.

Baked Beans Ingredients in Pan

Then,

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 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).

Pepper on Bacon in Beans

Sprinkle ground black pepper on top of the bacon.

Bacon and Baked Beans in Oven

Bake uncovered in a preheated oven…

Baked beans in pan

…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.

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 a thinner consistency is preferred, stir in a little bit of water.

TIP – 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.

Baked beans in roaster pan

Next,

Baked beans and bacon in bowl

…time to eat.

Baked Beans with Bacon in Bowl

Serve while warm…

Baked Beans with Bacon

…and enjoy…

Bite of baked beans from bowl

…each and every delicious bite.

Baked beans in bowl

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

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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.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, Baked Beans
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • A 15-Inch Oval Roaster Pan

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

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.
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This recipe was originally posted on May 9, 2011.

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