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These World’s Best Baked Beans will be the last recipe you will ever make! This easy recipe is the perfect side to a potluck and a tried and true family recipe that your family will go crazy over!

A good side dish really makes a meal, in my opinion. Try out some more of my favorite sides that will complement just about anything! My favorites are these Creamy Parmesan Garlic Brussels Sprouts, this delicious Grilled Asparagus and these yummy 1-Hour Dinner Rolls.

Baked Beans in a white platter with a metal spoon.

World’s Best Baked Beans

This recipe is a family tried and true favorite. It’s simple and easy to make, and it’s packed full of flavor. The best part about it is that once it’s cooked, you can put it in a slow cooker to keep it warm, and it’s easy to transport. Because this is made for just about every single occasion in our family, being able to get the food to and from somewhere is a MUST!

The secret to these baked beans is the bacon. It has a pound of bacon inside of these amazing baked beans and once you add in brown to sweeten it up… You will see why these are the best of the best! They are hearty and rich, and they turn out perfect every single time! Serve these up at a delicious bbq alongside a salad and some grilled chicken and you won’t regret it!

Ingredients in Baked Beans

These ingredients are simple and easy for the world’s best baked beans. Once you try this once, you will make sure that you always have these ingredients on hand so that you can make this side dish to go with everything! Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient measurements.

  • Bacon: The bacon is the secret ingredient that really makes this recipe stand out.
  • Green Pepper: I like to dice this up nice and small.
  • White Onion: You can also use a yellow onion if that’s what you have.
  • Pork and Beans: This part is so easy. You just open the cans and dump them in!
  • Ketchup: This adds a deeper flavor to the beans.
  • Brown Sugar: The brown sugar adds a sweet flavor that goes especially well with the bacon.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This savory and sweet sauce complements the other ingredients perfectly.

How to Make Easy Baked Beans

The world’s best baked beans take just over an hour to bake. This is easy because then you can cook them up while you make the main course.

  1. Prep and Cook: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.
  2. Bake: Combine bacon, green pepper, onion, pork and beans, ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a 9×13-inch pan. Bake covered for 1 hour.
Baked beans in a white platter with a metal spoon.

Can I Cook Baked Beans on the Stove?

Yes! Add ingredients to a large Dutch oven, cover, and simmer for an hour. Fry up the bacon and crumble it into pieces. Cut up the green pepper and onion and cook in the bacon grease until soft. Combine all ingredients together. Let simmer in the pan on low for at least an hour.

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How do I Cook Baked Beans in a Slow Cooker?

Follow all of the steps in the recipe card but instead of combining the ingredients to a 9×13 pan, place them in a slow cooker. Cook them on low for 4-6 hours.

Baked Beans in a grey bowl with a metal spoon.

How to Store Leftovers

Once your world’s best baked beans have cooled, place them in an airtight container. Store the beans in your fridge for 3-4 days. When you are ready to eat them again, you can reheat them on low-medium heat on the stove until they are warmed through.

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World’s Best Baked Beans

4.92 from 23 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
These World's Best Baked Beans will be the last recipe you will ever make. This easy recipe is the perfect side to a potluck and a tried and true family recipe that your family will go crazy over! 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.
  • Combine bacon, green pepper, onion, pork and beans, ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a 9×13-inch pan. Bake covered for 1 hour.

Notes

Originally posted on July 30, 2018
Updated on June 14, 2023

Nutrition

Serving: 8gCalories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 8gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 677mgPotassium: 306mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 230IUVitamin C: 14.5mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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
    Jim

  10. 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.

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