World’s Best Baked Beans

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World’s Best Baked Beans will be the last recipe you will ever make! These easy baked beans are the perfect side to a potluck and a tried and true family recipe!

Baked Beans in a white platter with a metal spoon.

World’s Best Baked Beans

THIS recipe my friends is a family tried and true favorite. And guess what? It has been on the blog since the very beginning. If you want a good laugh at the iPhone photo I took of it, click here. Needless to say, the picture needed a major update. My in laws introduced me to this recipe 14 years ago! And guess what? I have yet to try one that can beat it. It was adapted from the Lion House Cookbook, and people beg me to bring the beans to every gathering that we have.

What makes these the best baked beans?

Well for starters, the bacon. It has a pound of bacon inside of these amazing baked beans. It is also perfectly sweet with the brown sugar added, and they are thick and rich. I also love these baked beans because not a lof of ingredients are required, and they turn out perfect every single time!

Baked beans in a white platter with a metal spoon.

How do you make baked beans from scratch?

  • Start by frying your bacon in a medium sized skillet over medium high heat. Once the bacon is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and set on a plate. Remove most of the bacon grease, but leaving some to fry your onion and green pepper.
  • Fry your onion and green pepper until tender. Combine bacon, green pepper, onion, pork and beans, ketchup, brown sugar, and worchestershire sauce in a 9×13 inch pan.

How long do you bake beans in the oven?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover with foil and bake for one hour until the beans thicken up and a nice crust forms on top.

How do you make baked beans in a slow cooker?

Follow the steps in the recipe and add them to the slow cooker at the end. Keep on low heat for 4-6 hours or until desired consistency.

Close-up of baked beans with a metal spoon.

Can I make this recipe on the stovetop?

Absolutely. Add ingredients to a large dutch oven and cover and simmer for an hour.

Need more amazing side ideas to take to your potluck?

Baked Beans in a grey bowl with a metal spoon.

World's Best Baked Beans

4.91 from 22 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8


World's Best Baked Beans will be the last recipe you will ever make! These easy homemade baked beans are the perfect side to a potluck and a tried and true family recipe!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best baked beans, baked beans, beans


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 15 ounce cans pork and beans
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce


  1. Fry up the bacon and crumble in pieces. Cut up the green pepper and onion and cook in the bacon grease until soft. Combine all ingredients together. Let simmer in pan on low for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fry up the bacon and crumble in pieces. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and discard some grease. Add the green pepper and onion and fry until tender.
  3. Combine bacon, green pepper, and onion, pork and beans, ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a 9x13 inch pan. Bake covered for 1 hour. You can also simmer in a large pot on the stove for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8

Serving8gCalories385kcal (19%)Carbohydrates38g (13%)Protein8g (16%)Fat23g (35%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol37mg (12%)Sodium677mg (28%)Potassium306mg (9%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar34g (38%)Vitamin A230IU (5%)Vitamin C14.5mg (18%)Calcium37mg (4%)Iron0.7mg (4%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This is very similar to what my grandmother used to do – she might not have bothered with adding onions and green peppers. The best baked beans I’ve ever gotten at a restaurant are from a Bar-B-Que place that adds diced smoked brisket rather than bacon (although they may put in bacon also – I always ate them too fast to notice). Thanks for bringing back memories!

  2. 5 stars
    love baked beans recipes, especially since my diet requires regular legumes, and I’m kinda sick of my pinto bean recipe, so thank you for this!

  3. The baked beans are almost like mine yours sound great , I like adding a little mustard all other ingredients are the same ,and yes they are the best baked beans anywhere you have a fantastic blog I got your ebook going to work on some recipes this week .Thanks so much

    1. 5 stars
      You make mention of Bush’s Baked Beans.If you don’t like the pork then I would guess that you are making reference to Bush’s Vegan Baked Beans. However, I hope that you realize that the flavor of any meat comes from the fat it contains. Otherwise, it will be like eating paper unless you add outside flavor..

    2. 5 stars
      The absolute BEST canned baked beans are by B&M.Tons of flavor, great quality beans and NO “mystery pork bits”. Use this recipe, but be sure to buy B&M Baked beans for your base. I always add a tablespoon of dark molasses too. Or you could use a meaty ham hock instead of bacon. I even add a diced apple now and then. So many ways to enjoy baked beans!

  4. This recipe sounds like my mom’s baked bean recipe and hers spoiled me for any other baked beans. I will try it and see if it truly measures up (which I really expect it will). I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks.

  5. 5 stars
    These Baked Beans are the best that I had! Even better than my mom’s baked beans!!!! Thank you for the recipe. This will be our tried and true go-to recipe any time of year! Not too sweet not to sour, they are just right. Oh and don’t question the pound of bacon. I thought it was going to be too much but it wasn’t . Thank you again Alyssa!

  6. 4 stars
    using 6 cans o beans, how many are we cooking for. the liquid smoke, wonderful idear.

  7. Can I prep this the day before and bake it the next day? We are having guests and I’d like to get as much done the day prior so it’s just ready to pop in the oven! Thank you!

    1. Hi, I’m from the UK and im unsure of what pork and beans are? Is it like canelinni beans? If so, are they canned? already in a sauce or just in water? Sorry for the ooodles of questions but I really like the sounds of this recipe and I’m desperate to try it out.

      1. Hello i am also from the UK and live in San Diego ! you could use Heinz beans I am sure that would work as well as the pork and beans ,I made the beans yesterday and cut the recipe in half as there are only two of us ,The beans came out great ,probably the best beans I ever tasted ,I intend to makes the beans on a regular basis .Easy to make ,😀

  8. 5 stars
    We have made this recipe several times and love it each time. I use three cans of bush beans and two cans of bean medley and keep the rest of the recipe the same. I put them in a large cast iron pot and cook them on our Traeger smoker bbq (with the lid off and stirring every so often) for about an hour. Love the flavour. Will make again and again! Thank you for this recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I do something like this but use light brown sugar no pork and beans. that pork is to much of a mystery. low sodium anything else. Turkey bacon instead. I got to at least try to stay healthy.

  10. 5 stars
    These were delicious. I used a can of diced green chilis for the green pepper. I added molasses, yellow and Dijon mustard and liquid smoke.

  11. 5 stars
    Made just like the recipe and used a large can of Bushes beans (117 oz). Doubled all other ingredients including the onion, garlic and bell pepper which seemed like too much. Once caramelized in the bacon grease they didn’t seem greasy at all. I added 1/2 cup molasses, 2 Tbs vinegar and 1/4 cup dejhon mustard too. Baked in a Dutch oven for hours on 250 degrees and they turned out marvelous. This was the perfect picnic dish.

  12. Made just like the recipe and used a large can of Bushes beans (117 oz). Doubled all other ingredients including the onion, garlic and bell pepper which seemed like too much. Once caramelized in the bacon grease they didn’t seem greasy at all. I added 1/2 cup molasses, 2 Tbs vinegar, 2 Tbs Sriracha and 1/4 cup dejhon mustard too. Baked in a Dutch oven for hours on 250 degrees and they turned out marvelous. This was the perfect picnic dish.

  13. Need to know carb amounts. Recipe stated 38 mg but the amount given was confusing, “8g”. Not sure what 8 g means.

  14. 4 stars
    I make so etching similar. But call them Settler Beans. But a few things we add additionally are. Smoked Sausage, can of Butter Beans, BBQ sauce. We make a meal of Reese and serve it with cornbread. Thanks for the reminder that I need to bake them again. They are a favorite at church. I’made always asked to bring them.

    1. Sorry my tablet is acting up and prints different words. If questions you can email me. Thanks.

  15. 5 stars
    So I followed your recipe with two exceptions first I used 3 Anaheim chilies second instead of 1 cup ketchup I used 1/2 cup and 1/2 spicy BBQ sauce was sooooooo gooooood everyone loves them. I am a Meat smoker, brisket pork butt ribs and cold smoked cheese and sell my product and this is now on the menu thank you

  16. This recipe is truly the last one you would ever need. It is simple, but yet very tasteful. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

  17. This is very similar to what i do. I am usually making this for a big crowd and I use a base of pork and beans but I also use 3 or 4 other kinds of beans, Like butter beans, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc. All drained of course. And I use a chopped seeded jalapeno in with the peppers it doesn’t make it hot it just gives it a really another layer of flavor. And i use red and orange peppers just for color.

  18. 5 stars
    Done this recipe about ten times and I have changed a few things first no ketchup I use spicy BBQ sauce second I use bacon and homemade smoked pulled pork a pound each and last I use 3 large Anaheim peppers instead of bell peppers love the flavor of the original but wanted to give it a boost thanks

  19. I use molasses instead of brown sugar ,and fat back in place of bacon,very similar but a little sweeter , instead of green peppers and onions I slice baby gertion pickles for a little crunch

  20. This is like a recipe I would make. Once when I didn’t have any bacon I substituted sliced and browned hot dogs. I haven’t used bacon since. My family loved it ! Serve with garlic bread or corn muffins and a salad. Makes a fast and inexpensive meal

  21. 5 stars
    Full disclosure: I made this recipe, but did not eat it. I am not a fan of beans (texture issues). My husband loves them, so I thought I would make them for him and some baked bean loving friends who were coming to dinner. I bought Bush’s Baked Beans by mistake, so went back for the pork and beans. My husband looked disappointed when he saw me using the pork and beans. He said Bush’s were his favorite. I told him I was making a recipe and not just heating up a can of beans. He didn’t look convinced. I told him if they didn’t turn out, I would open up the can of Bush’s. I made the stove top version of this recipe – as written. He has been raving ever since saying they are the best baked beans he has ever had. My friends loved them as well. Thanks for the recipe. I will look no further when making baked beans the next time.

  22. This is the closest recipe I have found that compares to my moms famous baked beans. She used bell pepper and a lot of brown sugar too. She always said when you think it’s enough brown sugar, add more. She always swore you had to use VanCamp’s, no substitutes. I made this for a company party and they loved them. Then took some to my elderly neighbor. He loved them and said they were just like his moms.

  23. I have made these beans many times and every one loves them but I also add hamburger, mustard, and a good IPA beer !!!

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