This Southern Baked Beans Recipe makes the best baked beans! It’s a perfect side dish for so many meals and a family favorite recipe for years! So savory, scrumptious and easy to make!

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As we’re about to step into all those fun cookouts, summer get togethers, and even family reunions, I thought I’d share this favorite recipe for my Southern Baked Beans.

These baked beans really go so perfectly with so many dishes I serve during this season – like pulled porkgrilled chicken, hamburgers, and everything in between – that they are somewhat of a regular occurrence around here and it is definitely a recipe you want to keep in your arsenal!

Baked Beans Recipe

Southern Baked Beans Recipe - This recipe makes the perfect side dish for so many meals! This easy baked beans recipe will become a favorite! // addapinch.com

Rich, smokey and oh so delicious, my recipe comes together quickly and then bakes slow so that all those flavors just meld perfectly together!

The fast-track of this recipe begins with canned navy beans, but you can of course begin with soaked dried beans if you prefer.

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How to Make the BEST Baked Beans

While the oven preheats, pour your navy beans into a medium stockpot set over medium heat.

In a medium skillet, add diced bacon, onion, and garlic. Cook until the bacon is crisp and the onion is tender. Then, remove from the heat and add to the navy beans. Add Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, and yellow mustarded stir to combine well. Pour into deep dish you plan to serve from or leave in stockpot. Finally, top with the optional (but highly recommended!) bacon and sprinkle the top with brown sugar.

Place into the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Increase temperature to 425º F for 10 minutes to crisp bacon. Remove from oven and allow to rest about 5 minutes before serving.

Vegetarian / Vegan Baked Beans

To make this recipe vegetarian / vegan, simply omit the bacon from the recipe as well as the optional topping.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

I’ve also included how to make baked beans in your slow cooker!

Add your navy beans to the slow cooker and set aside.

In a medium skillet, cook your diced bacon, onion, and garlic until the bacon is crisp and the onion and garlic are tender. Add to the slow cooker. Add Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos if sensitive to soy), molasses, dark brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard. Stir to combine well.

Cook on low setting for 6-7 hours or on high setting for 3-4 hours. If your baked beans are not as thick as you would like, remove the lid to the slow cooker about 30 to 45 minutes before serving and allow to continue cooking until thickened. If too thick, you can stir in water a few tablespoons at a time until it reaches the desired thickness.

Optional: top with baked bacon strips before serving.

How to Make Ahead, Store and Freeze Baked Beans

To make ahead, simply cook and allow to cool. Then wrap well or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To freeze baked beans, cooke and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat and serve.

So, here’s my Southern Baked Beans recipe. Get ready to make it often!

Southern Baked Beans Recipe - This recipe makes the perfect side dish for so many meals! This easy baked beans recipe will become a favorite! // addapinch.com

Southern Baked Beans Recipe

Southern Baked Beans Recipe – This recipe makes the perfect side dish for so many meals! This easy baked beans recipe will become a favorite!
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 10 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories: 101kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

  • 2 (16-ounce cans) navy beans
  • 3 strips bacon diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup unsulphured molasses
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

For the Top of Baked Beans (optional):

  • 2 slices bacon halved
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325º F.
  • Pour navy beans into medium stockpot.
  • In a medium skillet, add diced bacon, onion, and garlic. Cook until bacon is crisp and onion is tender. Remove from heat and add to navy beans.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, and yellow mustard. Stir to combine well. Pour into deep dish you plan to serve from or leave in stockpot. Top with bacon and sprinkle top with brown sugar.
  • Place in oven and bake 45 minutes. Increase temperature to 425º F for 10 minutes to crisp bacon. Remove from oven and allow to rest about 5 minutes before serving.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

  • Add navy beans to a slow cooker.
  • Cook bacon, onion, and garlic in a medium skillet until the bacon is crisp and the onion and garlic are tender. Add to the navy beans in the slow cooker.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, and yellow mustard. Stir to combine well.
  • Cook on LOW setting for 6 to 7 hours or HIGH setting for 3 to 4 hours. If the baked beans are too thin, remove the lid to the slow cooker for the last 30 to 45 minutes of cook time until the beans have thickened to desired consistency. If too thick, stir in water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. Top with optional baked bacon for serving.

Notes

Make-Ahead:
Store baked beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
Freezer Friendly:
Allow the baked beans to cool. Store in a freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 3 months. To reheat, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in a 350ºF oven for 15 – 20 minutes until heated throughout. 
Vegetarian/ Vegan:
To make these baked beans vegetarian and vegan friendly, simply omit the bacon from the recipe as well as the optional topping. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 184mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2013.

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126 Comments Leave a comment or review

      1. If I use a cast iron skillet to cook bacon, could I just add other ingredients to skillet and use it in oven ?

    1. Shoulda read the comments! It seemed like I needed to just have soaked the beans. ? I’ve cooked kidneys in a little water, chili seasonings and onion, garlic & pepper. How would I do these?

  1. I read all the reviews and wondered why some people said their beans turned out soupy. I have noticed canned beans vary from brand to brand on the bean to liquid ratio. Some brands seem to have a lot more liquid than others. I use Bush’s navy beans and the recipe is perfect.

      1. Hi Maggie,
        The brand I use is very thick and does not have extra liquid, but if yours has a lot of added liquid you may want to drain. Thanks!

  2. Just tried them today and loved it! I discovered it helps to cook the bacon for a bit first before adding the onion and garlic .. Otherwise the onion is done before the bacon is crisp.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing! I did find that the navy beans tend to be tough after they’re baked. I tried the recipe with great northern beans instead and they turned out 100x BETTER!!

  4. I’ve had this recipe pinned for a long time now and I’m finally going to make it. Are you supposed to drain the beans? I read through all the comments and I noticed that lots of people have asked you and you have never responded to them. It might be nice to see it noted in the recipe. It might seem obvious to you but clearly some of us aren’t getting it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Katie,
      When I use canned beans, the brand I use is very thick, so I don’t have to drain them as there is no extra liquid to speak of. I would suggest if there is a lot of extra liquid in your beans, you will probably want to drain some of it off.
      I hope this helps and that you enjoy them! They are a regular around my house all summer! Thanks!

  5. I realize is a side dish, but I can’t imagine two cans of beans feeding 8-10 people ? Can you give me an idea of how much you are considering a portion size ? Thank you !

  6. Tried this recipe and will.go back to my standard from my old Betty Crocker Cookbook. These have that grocery story deli ketchup flavor of which I am not a fan. I do agree with the one who commented recommending using great northern beans. The navy beans do get a bit tough with baking.

    1. Hi Kim,
      When I use canned beans, the brand I use is very thick, so I don’t have to drain them as there is no extra liquid to speak of. I would suggest if there is a lot of extra liquid in your beans, you will probably want to drain some of it off.
      I hope this helps and that you enjoy them! Thanks!!!

  7. I love how simple and delicious this recipe is. Thanks for the super easy recipe! It was just what I needed on a day when I got home from work and really didn’t want to put any effort into cooking!

  8. Fabulous. Sweet and smoky (I used thick, smoked bacon both to saute the onions and in the topping). Also freezes well, and reheats beautifully, with just a wee touch of water to thin it out. A great dish for large family gatherings!

  9. This truly is the best baked beans recipe. I’ve been using this recipe since Robyn first posted it and now I am always the one that is asked to make the baked beans for cookouts.

  10. If using dried soaked navy beans, what amount should one use. I don’t know the ratio of dried beans to canned beans so I’m sure one doesn’t use two 16 oz packages of dried beans? Thanks in advance for this measurement.

  11. This dish is an amazing! I think immediately of rice that would be perfect for this baked beans!
    It’s unbelievable that it could be stored frozenly up to 3 months 😮

  12. What do you think of making these in a slow cooker? Near 100 degrees tomorrow and I’ve no desire to heat the house up even more. I’ve made these several times and it’s my go-to baked bean recipe. Yummy, delicious!

  13. Absolutely the best recipe ever. Everyone’s who has ever tried these beans has eaten seconds and thirds. My uncle who “HATES baked beans” loves this recipe. I make it all the time. 

    When making it for vegetarians I sautéed the onion with butter for the fat content and add a few drops of liquid smoke to the recipe. 

  14. Excellent recipe! I’ve made it twice for company and to share with a friend and it is a huge favorite of all who’ve eaten it.
    I partially drain the beans and cook it for hours longer than called for. And I prefer to use Great Northern White beans. The slightly larger bean helps balance the sugar for my preference. 
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe.

  15. FYI, to make this recipe vegan you would also have to either omit the Worcestershire sauce entirely, or substitute vegan Worcestershire sauce. Regular Worcestershire Sauce contains anchovies. I plan on making this recipe (non-vegan for me) this weekend as a side for smoked brisket. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. I hope you enjoy these baked beans, Andrew! These are one of my husband’s favorite dishes with smoked brisket. Thanks for your suggestions for making this vegan.

  16. We will never buy canned flavored baked beans again, This is now a family staple. Thank you for the recipe! After trying the recipe as written, (which we loved) we started to substitute spicy BBQ sauce for the ketchup just to turn it up a notch

    1. The sauce was PERFECT! I doubled it for a Super Bowl party and used 1 can of each pork and beans, red kidney, navy, and pinto. My 5 year old grandson loved thrm so mush that I named them after him…Buddy Boo Baked Beans!
      Thank you for sharing.

  17. Best baked beans recipe ever! I did not change or add anything. It was the highlight of our Sunday BBQ Family get together today and was good to the last bean. Thanks much for sharing this recipe.

  18. I always use great northern beans,,,,canned or in the bag,,the ones that need to be soaked ,,,only difference is I use about 3 X the bacon,,,everybody loves bacon ,,and try this with pineapple sometime,,,it’s also great.

  19. Looking forward to trying. One quick note, one would need to omit worcestshire sauce in order to make it vegan

  20. If I use the slow cooker, do I use canned navy beans and not raw? Wouldn’t it be too mush? Please advise.

  21. Hi Robyn,

    I cannot find canned Navy beans in our supermarkets. Can I use canned pinto beans? Do I need to rinse and drain the beans before cooling? I am going to use the slow cooker method. Please help.

  22. I’ve been making this for years. And they really are THE BEST southern baked beans. I’ve tweaked them slightly, letting the onions start to brown, then using Trappey’s navy beans with jalapeño and using scant measures of the sweeteners. Delicious! Thanks for this recipe, Robyn

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