The Best 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!

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

 

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!

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 baked beans 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.

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

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

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Southern Baked Beans Recipe
 
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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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Serves: 8-10
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
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  2. Pour navy beans into medium stockpot.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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

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

84 comments on “The Best Southern Baked Beans Recipe!”

  1. Hi, if I use soaked beans, do I need to cook in stove top for a while before baking them?

    • definitely

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

    • 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?

  2. 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.

  3. If you add a can of APPLE PIE Filling, Every one will ask, what is the great taste?????

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

    • 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!

  7. What a great baked beans! Can these beans be frozen like another baked beans were? How long will this dish last in the freezer?

  8. 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 !

  9. Do not drain the beans. They will be perfect.

  10. Serving size is about 1/2 cup. They can be frozen for a long time, I do it all the time.

  11. 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.

  12. Should the beans be drained first?

    • 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!!!

  13. This looks incredible! Love the bacon placed smack dab on the top! A must try!

  14. can you use this receipe in a slow cooker? Please let me know the directions if you can.

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