Sweet and savory, baked beans are the prefect side dish for any summer gathering. Whether it’s a pool party, warm-weather potluck, or the essential backyard barbecue, this comfort food always seems to be popular among young kids and adults alike. While most of us take a shortcut and simply pick up cans of our favorite brand baked beans, others cook them from scratch, making sure to soak dried beans overnight.
We all have our favorite twist on this classic dish. Some like to add barbecue sauce, others enjoy adding molasses, and many include flavorful meats such as bacon, ham, or pulled pork. Regardless of what you choose to include in your preferred recipe of choice, this dish is an ideal accompaniment to our 50 best burger recipes.
From quick and easy recipes that take no time at all to whip up to low and slow variations that simmer for hours, we have rounded up the best baked bean recipes for you to enjoy this summer. So take a break from the same recipe you have been using for years and make sure to try our 15 best baked beans recipes.
These barbecue baked beans are comforting, slightly sweet, mildly smoky, rich, meaty, and totally indulgent. Serve these at your next barbecue and they’re sure to be a hit.
This quick homestyle baked bean recipe is the perfect dish to impress your friends at your next backyard barbecue.
Flavored with mustard, molasses, star anise, bacon, and chili, this luscious bean dish is incredibly simple to prepare. All it requires is some unattended time in the oven, and voila! The rich results are so worth it!
This comforting dish is a favorite among both kids and adults. The recipe uses ground beef which adds great flavor and is easy on your wallet so you can save your money for these 15 Instagrammable destinations you can visit on a budget.
Adding pulled pork to baked beans makes for a delicious pairing that makes this recipe completely addicting. Try serving these at your next backyard barbecue and they will surely be popular.
This baked bean recipe uses orange juice and maple syrup to add sweetness instead of refined sugars and forgoes ketchup in favor of plain diced tomatoes. These diabetic-friendly sugars don’t cause glucose spikes but still add the traditional sweetness that is synonymous with a good bowl of baked beans.
The inspiration for this recipe was cowboys and pots of beans warming over a campfire. These bacon cups make a cute way to individually serve this traditional dish.
These baked beans have thick slices of bacon, molasses, brown sugar, and an added punch of spice from hot sauce and are sure to be a barbecue favorite.
This is an oven method for baked beans that is very popular. The beans are soaked overnight and then rinsed and placed in a pot or casserole for an easy and delicious dish.
You’ll be surprised by how flavorful these beans are! Lightly sweet and spicy, these baked beans are a healthier alternative to the traditional sugar-and-pork-fueled baked beans. For the best results, cool completely after cooking. This will thicken the bean liquid and allow the flavors to marry. Reheat to serve.
Is it impossible to have a cookout or barbecue without good, old-fashioned baked beans. We have combined traditional ingredients to make the best, Southern-style barbecue baked beans to be served with your favorite grilled meats.
This Mexican twist on baked beans is slow-cooked spicy pinto beans with chorizo sausage and bacon.
This traditional dish is delivered in a dip form, perfect for summer, to be enjoyed on chips, crackers, or even crudité. Ideal for any summer cookout, this recipe is quick and easy to prepare.
Another fun take on baked beans, this dish delivers Mexican flavors that showcase ham and pico de gallo. This recipe is perfect for large crowds, so try whipping these beans up next time you throw a party and see how much your guests will enjoy them. Serve this, along with these 12 barbecue sides to wow your guests, at your summer cookout.
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