Best-Ever Baked Beans

Posted: June 24

Time: 65 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Why would you ever go for canned baked beans when you could whip up an even more delicious version in your own kitchen? These Best-Ever Baked Beans are based on Boston’s traditional recipe: sweetened with smoky molasses and mixed with the salty fattiness of bacon. Baked beans offer a complex mix of savory and sweet that makes them ideal comfort food, and the Best-Ever Baked Beans takes those tastes to the next level. After all, they’re called the Best-Ever Baked Beans for a reason!


• 1/2 pound ground beef • 1 large onion, finely chopped • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar • 1/2 cup ketchup • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard • 2 tablespoons molasses • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder • 2 (13.7 ounce) cans beans with tomato sauce • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Over medium heat, in a large skillet, cook the beef and onion, until cooked through and no pink remains.

Step 3

Stir in the sugars, ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, molasses, and chili powder.

Step 4

Add the beans and cooked bacon.

Step 5

Transfer the mixture to a 13x9-inch baking dish.

Step 6

Cover the dish and bake for 45 minutes. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, uncovered, until heated through.

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