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Easy Baked Beans Recipe

Savory baked beans with ground beef, brown sugar, and bacon.  
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 534kcal
Author Anne Clark


  • Large Saute Pan
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cup
  • Kitchen shears
  • Casserole dish


  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 2 each 28-oz cans baked beans Bush Original
  • 6-8 strips Hickory smoked bacon
  • 1 cup Dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup Green onions, chopped approximately 1 bunch
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • Dash salt taste test before adding salt!


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a large pan or iron skillet, cook the ground beef and drain off the fat.  Add the dark brown sugar, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Mix well. Pour off and discard some of the liquid but don’t drain all the liquid from the canned beans. You want to pour off just the little bit of liquid that’s settled on top of the beans. Then add the canned beans and gently mix.  Taste the mixture and add salt if desired; gently stir again. Over mixing will cause the beans to get too soft and/or mushy.
  • Pour into a large casserole dish.  Lay the bacon strips on top.  MY BEST TIP:  Cut the bacon first, with a pair of scissors, into approximately 1-inch squares.  Then spread the chopped bacon on top of the beans. This method makes serving the beans a lot easier as you don't have to deal with the bacon flopping around!  Also, it ensures everyone gets a bite of bacon.
  • Bake in the oven uncovered for about 30 minutes.  Then, turn on the broiler and broil the baked beans for about 5 minutes to get the bacon nice and crispy.


  • Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Make sure they are stored in an airtight container.  
  • Use low sodium bacon, and/or lower-sodium baked beans, if preferred.
  • You can substitute the green onion with green bell pepper if you don't like onions.  Use one small chopped green bell pepper. I recommend sauteeing them with the ground beef to soften them up.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 890mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 5mg