With three sweet ingredients and some savory bacon, you’ll have the whole world in your hands when you serve up a batch of my Easy Baked Beans!
Spring is right around the corner, and springtime is the right time for my Easy Baked Beans! Ever wonder how to improve canned baked beans so that everyone will think they’re from scratch – read on…
A mouthful of these sumptuous, melt-in-your-mouth baked beans and you’ll be a kid all over again. Baked beans always remind me of family picnics, fried chicken, and carefree fun. The only recipe that takes me back to my childhood as quickly is my recipe for Pioneer Woman Mac and Cheese.
From large gatherings to small suppers at the family dinner table, just about any homemade baked beans recipe will do, but my Easy Baked Beans takes it over the top and provides a heartwarming (and belly-warming) sense of comfort.
They are so easy to make, and with the delightful combination of brown sugar, molasses, Coca-Cola, and bacon this Easy Baked Beans recipe is sure to please. If you’re feeding an army, make it baked beans for 50!
How to Make These Easy Baked Beans
These Easy Baked Beans are super simple and quick to make. First, cook the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Once the bacon has cooled, crumble it and set aside.
Pour all but 1 Tbsp of the bacon fat from the skillet and saute the onion and garlic until golden, about 5 minutes.
Then, add all other ingredients (don’t forget the bacon!), stir to combine, cover the skillet and let the oven do its job. Once the juices are bubbly and thickened, serve Easy Baked Beans all nice and hot.
Are These Similar to my Crockpot Baked Beans?
Because both Crockpot Baked Beans and Easy Baked Beans are thick, meaty, and delicious, you could say that these recipes are two peas in a pod. The essential differences are pot vs skillet and ketchup vs Coke.
Can You Make Baked Beans Ahead of Time?
If you are anticipating a busy day, you can prepare baked beans ahead of time. Simply follow all pre-bake instructions, pour in a baking dish and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
How Do You Freeze Homemade Baked Beans?
To save this homemade easy baked beans recipe brown sugar for a longer period of time, follow pre-bake instructions and transfer to a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. That’s how easy it is to freeze homemade baked beans!
What Do You Serve with Baked Beans with Bacon?
Well, I’ve already mentioned that baked beans with bacon would pair perfectly with fried chicken and mac and cheese, but serving them with our Southern Style Green Beans would make for a down-home experience as well.
What I Love Most About This Easy Baked Beans Recipe
What am I saying? There’s nothing not to love about this Easy Baked Beans recipe! But, if I had to conjure up more ways to love them, I would say that they bring to mind a chilled and down-to-earth favorite – GWS Three Bean Salad which is so colorful and tangy. It’s an aesthetic and tasty addition to any meal.
Variations of Baked Beans from Scratch:
It’s always fun to play around with recipes, even when you are starting with the best easy baked beans from scratch recipe around. Beans. Beans. A wonderful fruit. The more you eat, the more you…love beans!
15 Bean Soup is a GWS winter favorite that uses smoked paprika, a highly underrepresented spice that can be used in place of smoked chili powder in recipes where you are looking for a little less heat. So, have some fun with these variations:
BBQ Baked Beans
This is an easy baked beans recipe using Bush’s baked beans, or navy beans. Add some BBQ sauce to your baked beans and guess what you’ve got? Food fit for a summer barbecue! BBQ Baked Beans is just too easy to continue with the baked bean saga of deliciousness…
Southern Baked Beans
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Southern baked beans down home flavor, gotta love ‘em!
Baked Beans with Ground Beef
Baked Beans with Ground Beef and apple cider vinegar make our Calico Beans super filling with a sweet, yet tarty essence. This will render them more of a main dish than a side dish. Serve them alongside some steaming hot cornbread with lots of butter and you’ve got yum-diddly-umcious!
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Put your favorite easy crockpot baked beans recipe ingredients in a slow cooker and set it before leaving the house for work. Slow Cooker Baked Beans is a hands-off approach sure is nice sometimes!
Recipe Notes for The Best Baked Beans
Sliced Bacon on Top: This is a variation that is commonly practiced, and it definitely has eye appeal. However, easy baked beans with bacon is difficult for guests to dip in for a serving because they either get no bacon, or a whole slice. If you want to put uncooked bacon on top, it’s better to cut each slice into 3 or 4 pieces first.
Dr. Pepper Infused: Why should Coca Cola have all the fun? After all, Dr. Pepper has its own unique flavor to contribute.
Play Around with the BBQ Sauce: There are so many different kinds of BBQ sauce out there. There are spicy ones, extra sweet ones, mustardy ones. Have a little fun and see what you can come up with!
Source: Adapted From My Recipes
Easy Baked Beans
- 8 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon
- 1 Large Onion Diced
- 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 4-15 Ounces Drained and Rinsed Cans Assorted, Beans
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar Packed
- 1/3 Cup Molasses
- 3/4 Cup Coca Cola
- 1 -14.5 Ounce Petite Tomatoes Diced Drained
- 2 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Mustard
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a large ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp and golden. Drain bacon on paper towels. When bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble and set aside. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. bacon fat from skillet.
- Add onion and garlic to skillet and cook, stirring, until onion is golden, about 5 minutes. Add all beans, brown sugar, molasses, cola, tomatoes, dry mustard and crumbled bacon and stir to combine.
- Cover skillet, transfer to oven and bake until mixture is bubbly and juices have thickened slightly, about 1 hour. Serve hot