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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. 

I often make baked beans in the summer months to pair with our Southwestern Hamburgers or these Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

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. 

Easy Bacon Baked Beans ingredients

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.

Some of my favorite recipes that use white beans are this White Bean Soup, White Bean Artichoke Dip and this Mediterranean Bean Salad

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. 

Easy Bacon Baked Beans with spoon

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.

Easy Bacon Baked Beans in pot

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.

Easy Bacon Baked Beans with spoon

Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes. Give the beans a stir, and then bake (uncovered) for 15 minutes more. Serve warm.

Easy Bacon Baked Beans above shot

 

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE THESE MAPLE BACON BAKED BEANS WITH?

 

Baked beans are always a nice side dish during football season. I love serving them with these Sweet and Spicy Turkey Burgers or these Mediterranean Hamburgers

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. 

Another nice pairing for baked beans is chicken dishes this Mediterranean Chicken or with this Tandoori Grilled Chicken.

Steak is also a nice meal to serve with baked beans. I especially like this Grilled Ribeye Steak or this Lemon Garlic Butter Grilled Ribeye

Easy Bacon Baked Beans with logo

Easy Bacon Baked Beans in bowl

Easy Bacon Baked Beans

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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. 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes. Give the beans a stir, and then bake (uncovered) for 15 minutes more.
    6. Serve warm.

Notes

The beans will thicken as they sit, and the flavor blends if you can make it a day in advance!

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