A Bevy of Baked Beans

Serving barbecue without baked beans is just not done. And with all of these choices, you can change up your recipe to fit the occasion.

  • Honey-Chipotle Baked Beans

    Honey-Chipotle Baked Beans

    Dress up canned baked beans by sweetening them with both honey and molasses, then stirring in chipotle chiles for a touch of heat.
  • Smoky Baked Beans with Chorizo
    Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Smoky Baked Beans with Chorizo

    Add extra flavor to baked Great Northern beans with dry-cured Spanish chorizo, a type of smoked sausage with a deep red color.
  • Quick Baked Beans with Smoked Bacon
    James Carrier

    Quick Baked Beans with Smoked Bacon

    Take a shortcut and start with a can of Boston-style baked beans and add smoked bacon, onion, ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard for an easy bean side dish.
  • Boston Baked Beans

    Boston Baked Beans

    Start with soaked and drained dried navy beans for this hearty baked bean dish and add flavor with onion, bell pepper, bacon, molasses, and mustard. The long baking time at a low temperature increases the flavor and thickens the saucy bean mixture.
  • Fiery Chipotle Baked Beans
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Fiery Chipotle Baked Beans

    Three kinds of beans—pinto, kidney, and black—are mixed together with molasses and brown sugar and spiced up with ground cloves and allspice. Chorizo sausage and chipotle chili powder add the wonderful smokiness that makes these beans perfect for serving with grilled meats.
  • Vermont Baked Beans
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Vermont Baked Beans

    White beans and maple syrup give this dish its signature flavor, while the Dijon mustard and hot sauce add a little kick.
  • Amber Ale Baked Beans
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Amber Ale Baked Beans

    Enhance sweet-and-spicy baked beans with the addition of bacon and beer. We liked the flavor of the amber ale, but you can use any beer you prefer.
  • Baked Beans
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Baked Beans

    Savor the relaxed side of summer with this slow-cooking Dutch oven recipe for beans infused with the flavors of molasses, apple cider vinegar, and dry mustard.
  • Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans
    Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross

    Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

    Using dried beans instead of canned helps keep the sodium content low. And beans are one of the most economical sources of protein and fiber.
  • Root Beer Baked Beans

    Root Beer Baked Beans

    Transform canned pork and beans into superb baked beans by stirring in peppery-sweet root beer, dry mustard, and hot sauce. The 5-minute prep time might make this dish one of your summertime favorites.
  • Spicy Baked Beans

    Spicy Baked Beans

    The addition of sausage to a traditional baked bean dish made this recipe a Southern Living Cook-Off category winner. It uses canned beans and bottled barbecue sauce and is hearty enough to be a main dish.
  • Barbecue Baked Lentils

    Barbecued Baked Lentils

    Use all your favorite baked bean ingredients–onion, ketchup, maple syrup, and mustard–but use lentils instead of kidney or pinto beans. The earthiness of the lentils is a good match for the smokiness of grilled meats.
  • Mom's Pennsylvania Dutch Beans
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Mom's Pennsylvania Dutch Beans

    Limas are the beans of choice for this German-inspired baked bean dish. It's creamier than most baked bean recipes because of the sour cream that's stirred in at the end.
  • Turkey Franks with Molasses Baked Beans

    Turkey Franks with Molasses Baked Beans

    Dark brown sugar, dark molasses, and spicy Worcestershire sauce add bold flavor to this frank-and-beans dish without increasing the grocery bill. A single serving of this summer-favorite, kid-friendly dish is only $1.54.
  • Cola Baked Beans

    Cola Baked Beans

    Adding cola to the brown sugar and molasses is the secret to the complex sweetness of these bacon-accented beans.
  • Blazin' Baked Beans
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Blazin' Baked Beans

    Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce add smoky-hot depth to these easy-to-make baked beans.

  • Grandma Gwen's Beans
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Grandma Gwen's Beans

    This prize-winning baked bean recipe features four different kinds of canned beans baked in a mixture of brown sugar, mustard and vinegar.
  • Grandma Dumeney's Baked Beans
    Gooseberry Patch

    Grandma Dumeney's Baked Beans

    Start with a can of baked beans and add brown sugar, ketchup, onion and crispy bacon to make this classic bean side dish,

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