Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (2024)

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This Easy Baked Beans Recipe tastes the best of any I have ever had! They are one of the most requested side dishes for summer picnics and potlucks!

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This Vintage Easy Baked Bean Recipe has been in my family for over 40 years! Everyone loves this recipe! We’ve actually never made it when some one hasn’t begged for this recipe. So for all of you, who have been begging, here it is, finally!

This Easy Baked Beans Recipe is the perfect side dish for all of your summer picnics and potlucks! They take about 20 minutes to prepare. Once heated, they stay hot for a long time. They are also super when eaten at room temperature!

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History of Baked Beans

The beans that are common in baked beans are native to South America and are thought to have been brought to Europe in the 1500’s. Learn more from this article from Wikipedia!

Is This Easy Baked Beans Recipe Gluten Free?

Yes, these baked beans are totally gluten free!

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Can These Easy Baked Beans Be Made Ahead?

Yes, these baked beans can be made the day before you need to serve them and then stored in the refrigerator. I have even cooked the bacon and onions 2-3 days prior to the time I needed them.

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Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Technically, these baked beans can be frozen and then thawed in the refrigerator. The texture will suffer though, I’m afraid, so I would recommend just making a large enough batch so that you can use it up in 3-4 days.

How to Make Baked Beans

  1. Place bacon in heavy botttom frying pan over medium heat. Flip bacon when browned on first side.
  2. Dice onion.
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  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel.
  2. Add onion to bacon grease and fry to golden brown. Onions chopped on board.
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  1. Chop bacon into bits.
  2. Drain kidney, butter and lima beans.
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  1. Add all beans to casserole.
  2. Measure vinegar.
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  1. Add spices.
  2. Add brown sugar. Whisk to combine.
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  1. Add onion a bacon to beans.
  2. Add vinegar mixture. Mix well.
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Heat baked beans in 350°F oven for 30 minutes, until bubbly. If beans have been refrigerated, they will take at least 1 hour to heat.

Other Delicious Side Dish Recipes on Binky’s Culinary Carnival

  • Mom’s Bacon and Egg Potato Salad
  • Macaroni Salad with Tuna
  • BLT Pasta Salad
  • Pea Salad
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6 quart casserole

cast iron frying pan

measuring cup

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Easy Baked Beans Recipe

This Easy Baked Beans Recipe tastes the best of any I have ever had! They are one of the most requested side dishes for summer picnics and potlucks!

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Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour

Servings: 30 servings

Calories: 102kcal

Cost: $10



  • Crisp bacon in heavy bottom frying pan.

  • Once crisp, remove to paper towels.

  • Add diced onion to bacon grease in frying pan. Saute on low, turning occasionally, until lightly browned.

  • Drain butter, kidney and lima beans.

  • Add all beans to large casserole.

  • Add onions and chopped, crisp bacon to beans.

  • Mix vinegar, spices and brown sugar well. Pour over beans. Mix well.

  • Bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes, until bubbly.

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** Store leftovers in refrigerator.

**Reheat in microwave. Or on stove top in small pot with a bit of water.

** For an extra large crowd, you can easily add 2 cans of baked beans and keep all of the ingredients in the same quantities.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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Beth Neels

Beth Neels is an entrepreneur, blogger, photographer, author, and recipe developer. She founded Binky’s Culinary Carnival in 2014, focusing on “Crafting delicious recipes with sustainable ingredients.” She has been featured in multiple online publications, including MSN, Reader’s Digest, AP news, and Parade.

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  1. My mother use to make these for family gatherings and always put in oven but I’m wanting to prepare in a crockpot. Have you done it this way and how long should it roughly take?
    Thank You !


    1. They will be a bit more runny, due to the condensation in the crockpot. I would say they will take about 4 hours on low.


  2. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (21)
    Well, I love the recipe, so yummy. My husband wants me to swap out the Lima beans next time. Ha,ha! One question- are they supposed to be rather soupy? We just used a slotted spoon but I have never had beans like this before. Thank you for sharing!


    1. I’m glad you liked them Pamela! Funny about the limas. You either love them or hate them, lol.

      Depending on how much liquid the canned baked beans that you used are, it can start out soupy. Usually, after they are baked and heated through, the beans have soaked up some of the liquid, so ultimately, they end up moist, but not soupy.

      These definitely have more moisture than a lot of the baked bean recipes I have tried. I guess that is why we like them. I don’t like the pasty baked beans that some recipes make.


  3. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (22)
    I have never made baked beans but with the onions and bacon the flavour must be amazing. I’m getting some beans in!


    1. They are so good for a BBQ! Easy and they stay hot for a long time! Thanks Amanda!


  4. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (23)
    This was delicious and so simple to make too, superb!


    1. Thanks so much, Brian! I am so glad you enjoyed it!


  5. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (24)
    What a great mix of beans! Perfect grilling side… great timing with 4th of July coming up!


    1. Yes, they are perfect for holiday parties! Thanks Susan!


  6. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (25)
    Baked beans is one of my favorite dishes!! This looks delightful, and I really love all of the different colors from the different beans used.


    1. I love the mixture of beans! Thanks Panicked!


  7. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (26)
    YUM! What a great recipe for baked beans. I bet the bacon adds a lot of flavor.


    1. The bacon is super in these beans! Thanks Julie!


  8. I always use different beans .I do the same when making chili. I use 4 or 5 different beans.


    1. I love a variety of beans too! Thanks for stopping by Margaret!


  9. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (27)
    Baked beans are a must for BBQ’s!


    1. True enough! Thanks Tanya!


  10. One of my favorite summer recipes! I have started making baked beans in Instant-pot and miss making on stove top.. definitely making the old way this 4th if July weekend


    1. Thanks for stopping by Soniya! Happy holidays!


  11. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (28)
    Great Variety of beans! These are perfect for a BBQ with friends and family!


    1. Thank you Tisha! Have a great holiday!


  12. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (29)
    I love that you use 3 different kinds of beans in this baked beans recipe. I think it makes the dish look very attractive! Such a great side dish for BBQs!


    1. Thank you Jacqueline! I think it’s much more colorful! I’m glad you liked it!


  13. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (30)
    I had no idea that baked beans came from Europe — I would have thought New England… My husband loves baked beans — especially with bacon, so this recipe will be on the menu to go alongside his famous ribs! Perfect combo, don’t you think?


    1. Well, if you think about it, most New Englanders came from Europe in the early days, lol! I think these beans and your husband famous beans will be a perfect compliment for each other! Thanks Lisa!


  14. Easy 4- Bean Baked Beans Recipe (31)
    I love baked beans but have never thought to use a mix of different types of beans. Such a great idea! Thank you for this delicious recipe!


    1. I think it gives them some interest, don’t you? Especially color-wise! Thanks Kristen! Glad you liked the recipe!


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