Easy Bacon Baked Beans are the perfect colder weather side dish that is packed with protein. These would be a nice addition to a holiday meal or even game day. White beans, bacon and maple syrup are mixed to create a flavor packed dish.
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EASY BACON BAKED BEANS
Baked beans are one of my middle child Drew’s favorite foods. He just gobbles them up. It is so funny to me how different my children’s tastes are. My oldest won’t go anywhere near baked beans.
Today’s Easy Bacon Baked Beans aren’t only good for your summer backyard get togethers, they are also great in the colder months for game day or the holidays.
These are a bit sweet from the maple syrup and molasses and also savory from the rich flavors of the bacon.
You will love this homemade version because you can control what you put in it.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE USE IN THESE BAKED BEANS WITH BACON?
BEANS: This easy baked beans recipe uses white beans. You will want to drain and rinse the beans before adding them into the pot to help control the sodium in the recipe.
I personally love white beans and use them a lot.
BACON: Bacon adds a savory flavor to these baked beans. If you are trying to stick to a vegetarian version of baked beans you can easily leave the bacon out. Feel free to use regular bacon or turkey bacon.
MAPLE SYRUP: Maple syrup helps to naturally sweeten these baked beans. I love the flavor that it adds.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Apple cider vinegar is another important ingredients in this recipe. It helps balance out the other ingredients.
HOW DO YOU MAKE HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS?
You won’t believe how easy these homemade baked beans are to make.
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Heat an oven-safe 5-quart pot over medium-high heat; add the bacon and cook until crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Turn the heat down to medium, add the onion and cook until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Bring up to a boil, and then turn off the heat and stir in the beans.
Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes. Give the beans a stir, and then bake (uncovered) for 15 minutes more. Serve warm.
WHAT SHOULD I SERVE THESE MAPLE BACON BAKED BEANS WITH?
If you are hosting a holiday gathering these Bacon Baked Beans are a great addition to the table. At Thanksgiving I like to make this Herb Butter Roasted Turkey along with a big Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad and theseZa’atar Roasted Carrots with the baked beans.
- 3 slices bacon, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 cup ketchup
- 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons molasses
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 - 15 once cans no-salt-added white beans, rinsed and drained
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Heat an oven-safe 5-quart pot over medium-high heat; add the bacon and cook until crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn the heat down to medium, add the onion and cook until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Add the stock, ketchup, maple syrup, vinegar, molasses, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, salt and black pepper. Bring up to a boil, and then turn off the heat and stir in the beans.
- Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes. Give the beans a stir, and then bake (uncovered) for 15 minutes more.
- Serve warm.
The beans will thicken as they sit, and the flavor blends if you can make it a day in advance!