Baked Beans with Ground Beef Recipe

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These Baked Beans with Ground Beef are the best Southern style baked beans. Spice up your baked beans with hamburger meat, bacon, BBQ sauce, bell pepper, onion, and spices.

Southern Baked Beans with Ground Beef

This baked bean and beef casserole is so delicious. It’s one of those recipes that totally brings me back to my childhood, and I’m pretty happy about it.

The homemade sauce gives the beans a wonderful, sweet, and zippy flavor boost.

Adding the beef, red bell peppers, and onions, then covering the dish in bacon makes it feel like it could be a meal all on its own. Just add a little toast and butter, or some of this Moist Jiffy Cornbread, and you’ve got a full meal.

Try serving it at a cook-out with a juicy hamburger, some grilled chicken, alongside a pulled pork sandwich, or with grilled hot dogs.

It would also be wonderful as a side dish for a holiday dinner, or really any family dinner.

It’s one of those dishes that’ll always leave you wanting just want one more spoonful.

A spoon scooping out a serving of baked beans with ground beef.

What Can I Add To My Baked Beans?

Sweet BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce are my favorite baked bean flavor additions.

A fork taking a bite of Southern style baked beans.

What Meat Goes With Baked Beans?

Bacon and ground beef are my favorite meats to add to baked beans. Some other popular options are breakfast sausage, spicy sausage, and hot dogs. Feel free to play around with it and make it your own!

How Do I Make Baked Beans Thicker?

First, let the beans rest before you serve them. It’s pretty common for the beans to look too runny right when they come out of the oven. If you let them rest for anywhere from 10 – 30 minutes, there’s a good chance they’ll thicken up enough.

If the beans are still too runny, you can try baking the beans a bit longer. A faster solution is to remove 1 cup of the beans, mash them with a fork, and then mix them back into the baked beans. Since beans are starchy, the mashed beans can act as a natural thickener.

A serving of baked beans on a plate next to the casserole dish.

Ingredients

To make this easy baked beans recipe, you’ll need bacon, lean ground beef, yellow onion, red bell pepper, canned pork and beans (I used Bush’s Original Baked Beans), sweet BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce), ketchup, light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce.

Baked beans with ground beef ingredients labeled.

How To Make Baked Beans With Ground Beef

Start by cutting the bacon into 1 1/2″ pieces, then sauté them until they’re crispy. Once they’re cooked, remove them from the skillet and wipe out any remaining grease. (See the recipe card below for the full printable recipe.)

Cooking one inch bacon pieces in a skillet.

Add the ground beef and cook for a few minutes, then add in the diced bell pepper and onion. Sauté it until the ground beef is browned and onions are translucent.

Browning ground beef, then adding in diced red bell pepper and onion.

Add in the BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Mix to combine.

Mixing ketchup, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar into browned ground beef.

Add in the canned baked pork and beans, and mix to combine.

Mixing baked beans into BBQ ground beef.

Transfer the bean and beef mixture to a greased casserole dish, then top it with the cooked bacon pieces.

Baked beans in a casserole dish, then topping it with cooked bacon pieces.

Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil, and then bake the beans in the preheated oven. Once the beans are finished baking, let them rest for at least 10 minutes to thicken up before serving them. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, cooking times, and helpful tips, etc.

Covering baked beans with aluminum foil to bake, then what the bean casserole looks like after baking.

How Long Can Baked Beans Last In The Fridge?

Assuming all the ingredients you’re using were fresh and not approaching their expiration date, baked beans will last about 3 to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

To store them, let them cool after baking. As soon as they’ve cooled to room temperature, transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge.

A casserole dish filled with baked bean casserole with a scoop missing.

Optional Adaptations

Try making it spicy by adding in some crushed red pepper flakes or some diced jalapeños.

If you like it cheesy, skip the bacon and top the beans with some shredded cheese.

Use a mixture of beans if you’d rather have something closer to a 3 bean casserole.

You can add a bit of molasses if you really want to lean into the flavor in the brown sugar.

Try using green pepper instead of red bell pepper if that’s what you have on hand.

A serving spoon scooping out a portion of baked beans from the casserole dish.

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A serving of Southern baked beans.

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Yield: 12 servings

BEST Baked Beans with Ground Beef Recipe

The best baked beans with ground beef recipe.

These Baked Beans with Ground Beef are the best Southern style baked beans. Spice up your canned baked beans with hamburger, bacon, & spices!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 strips bacon (cut into 1 1/2” pieces)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced, about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced, about 1 cup)
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans pork and beans (I used Bush's Original Baked Beans)
  • 1/2 cup sweet BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C). Lightly grease an 11 x 7 casserole dish.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon until it’s crispy (about 8 minutes). Remove the bacon from the skillet and discard any grease. 
  3. Return the nonstick skillet to the stove over medium heat. Cook the ground beef for 3 minutes and then drain away any grease. Add in the onions and red bell pepper and stir. Continue to cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). 
  4. Stir in the BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Then mix in the pork and beans. After everything is combined, pour the mixture into the greased casserole dish.
  5. Place the cooked bacon pieces evenly over the beans. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let it rest for at least 10 minutes (to allow the beans to set and thicken up).

Notes

The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. You could even let it rest for 15 minutes and it will still be hot when you serve it.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 7.2gCarbohydrates: 37.2gFiber: 4.5gSugar: 21.6gProtein: 17.4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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2 thoughts on “Baked Beans with Ground Beef Recipe”

  1. Many, many years ago my son, who is now 40😮, suggested; Since we always have baked beans with our sloppy joes, why don’t we cook them both in the same pot and call them “Bean Joes.” My son still asks me, at least several times a year, to make this dish😋 It is very good served with coleslaw or corn bread instead of buns.
    Thank you for sharin
    Warning: Once anyone makes these “Bean Joes”, be prepared to make it a part of your regular meal rotation because it will be requested at least once a month❣️

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  2. Just reviewed the recipe ingredients because of course it sounds tasty. I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say this tastes like a sloppy joe with beans and bacon which sounds very tasty. Going to have to get some buns and cook this up this weekend. Probably would go well on a baked potato. Thanks for sharing.

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