Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

Homemade Baked Beans from 5DollarDinners.com

We are going through a bit of a beans phase.

Ryan is still learning to like them. (And these sweeter beans were a great start).

Charlie has always loved beans.

Tyler can’t get enough of beans.

How to Make Baked Bean…From Scratch!

Add the molasses.

The ketchup.

The sweet chili sauce.

The worcestershire sauce.

And some hot-as-you-can-get-from-the-tap water.

Place the cooked beans in a casserole.  Pour the sauce over the top.

Add some cut up pieces of bacon.

Cover and bake.

For a long time.

In a “slow” oven.

That means…low heat.  Like 200 degrees.

And long time means…4 hours.

(Great for these cold chilly days…keeps the kitchen nice and warm!)

Sprinkle with a little brown sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.

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Homemade Baked Beans

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 3 – 4 hours


  • 3 cups cooked pinto or navy beans (see how to cook dry beans here!)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 slices bacon or turkey bacon


  • Cook about 1.5 cups dry pinto beans or navy beans.  Add the onion slices and smashed garlic cloves to the pot while the beans are cooking.  Once tender, drain off the water.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the molasses, ketchup, chili sauce and Worcestershire.  Stir in some hot water.
  • Place the beans, onions and garlic into a baking dish.  Pour the sauce over the top.  Add the bacon pieces on top.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 200 for 3-4 hours.  Uncover for the last 30-45 minutes of baking.
  • Sprinkle with a little brown sugar if you want to sweeten them up a bit.

And now.

A few more ideas for you…

5 Ways to Jazz up Baked Beans

I wanted to share 5 other ways to jazz up your baked beans. A few “mix-ins,” if you will…

  1. Pineapple and Mushrooms
  2. Green and Red Peppers with Chipotle seasoning
  3. Fresh chopped cilantro with Monterrey Jack cheese melted on top
  4. Salsa and Sauteed Onions
  5. Chopped Jalapenos and some Tabasco…if you want a lotta kick!

What are your favorite things to mix into baked beans?!

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  1. Sheri says

    I have hard water so I have a hard (heh – no pun intended) time getting my beans cooked soft enough. Going to try again soon with bottled water, which I’ve been told will work better. My favourite add-ins are spicy italian sausage, skinned and broken into chunks… I’ve never used the sweet chili sauce – sounds like a good addition.

    • MKS says

      I have the same trouble getting beans soft/ hard water. I have never heard that was a problem! Thanks for enlightening me!

  2. Michelle Zimmer says

    To soften beans leave in BIG bowl of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda added, let beans soak overnight. Rinse and cook the next day. And yes you can cook in a crockpot on low, may take all day, for faster cook on high, either way will taste great ;D

  3. Jen M says

    It strikes me that if cooked in a crockpot for 3-4 hours on low should produce almost the same result as if done in the oven (googled, a crockpot on low runs at 200 degrees F and high 300 degrees F)…the only difference being that it would turn out a bit saucier. The last hour is supposed to be done uncovered, after being covered, in the oven…this would allow some liquid to evaporate and the sauce to stick a little better to the beans and the bacon to crisp up.

    I’m gonna try it in the crockpot and see how it turns out! I’ll let everyone know if it’s good. :-)


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