Baked Beans with Ground Beef (Stovetop, Oven, Slow Cooker)

This easy Baked Beans with Ground Beef recipe makes a delicious budget friendly dish. Bursting with flavors, the hearty, tender ground beef pairs so well with the creamy beans in every single mouthwatering bite. These loaded baked beans are one of the best bbq side dishes to serve with hamburgers, ribs, grilled chicken or hot dogs at picnics and potlucks.

Also try my homemade baked beans, bang bang chicken skewers, chicken kabobs, sloppy Joe casserole, stovetop Mac and Cheese, roasted red potatoes and cheeseburger sliders.


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Canned baked beans with ground beef

These beans are sooooo good that no one will ever know they are not homemade beans. I won’t tell if you don’t!!

You can make them on the stovetop as a one pot-dish, in the oven or crockpot. We also love them over a summer campfire for a cowboy style camping cookout that everyone loves!!

It does not get much easier than enhancing cans of baked beans with ground beef and bacon, as well as the perfect seasonings.

Brown sugar, bbq sauce and sweet honey help to give them an added boost of sweet and tangy depth of flavors.

Overhead view of baked beans with ground beef in a white bowl.

Recipe Snapshot

EASY: so quick to throw together in 10 minutes
SCRUMPTIOUS: with custom seasonings and flavors
MAKE AHEAD: to take camping or family gatherings
I love being able to make them using different cooking methods for a hearty satisfying dinner side dish

Overhead images of baked beans in cast iron skillet.

For more bean recipes try my beef enchilada casserole, Mexican chicken and rice casserole, Mexican chicken casserole, chicken enchiladas casserole, cowboy cornbread casserole and my easy taco spaghetti.

Ingredients

Ingredients for baked beans recipe laid out in bowls on a countertop.
  • Ground Beef – 1 pound
  • Bacon – 2.5 ounces of precooked bacon cut into pieces or cook up your own bacon. I sometimes prefer to use the precooked bacon for convenience with less mess to clean
  • Cans of Pork and Beans – 3 (15 ounce) cans of beans, I like to use Bush baked beans but use your favorite beans or what is on sale to save money
  • Onion – yellow cooking onion chopped
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue sauce – use your favorite
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • White Vinegar
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Black Pepper
Finished dish of baked beans with ground beef.

Substitution & Variations: Use your preferred seasonings like cayenne pepper to make spicy baked beans with ground beef. You can also add in hot dogs or sausages with the hamburger meat. In place of the beef you can use chicken, pork, turkey or Italian sausages.

How to make baked beans with ground beef

Step by step images for how to make baked beans with ground beef.

In the oven

STEP ONE – Preheat the oven to 350° F.

STEP TWO – In a large cast iron skillet add the ground beef and bacon. Over medium heat cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the juices run clear. Drain any excess fat.

STEP THREE – Transfer the remainder of the ingredients to the skillet.

STEP FOUR – Stir until everything is incorporated. 

STEP FIVE – Bake uncovered for 45 minutes in an oven-safe skillet or baking dish.

On the stovetop (one-pot)

Follow the instructions above until step 4. Continue to cook them on the stovetop over a medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To cook them while camping, for a bbq or picnic, you can make them ahead of time and reheat over the fire or grill. Follow the stovetop instructions to make them on the spot.

In the crockpot

Follow the step by step instructions in the oven through step 2. Then transfer the ingredients to the crockpot, stirring until incorporated. Cook on high for 1 hour or slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.

Side view of baked beans in white bowl.

Handy tips

You can easily double or triple this baked beans recipe to feed a crowd for the holidays. Make easy chili dogs by adding the baked beans on top of hot dogs with cheese!! Great way to use any leftovers for meal planning.

Storage and reheating instructions

Store by using an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheat using a microwave-safe dish with 30 second intervals in the microwave until heated through. Or in a pan on the stovetop over a medium heat, stirring until heated through.

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Baked beans in cast iron skillet.

Baked Beans with Ground Beef


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This easy Baked Beans with Ground Beef recipe makes a delicious budget friendly dish. Bursting with flavors, the hearty, tender ground beef pairs so well with the creamy beans in every single mouthwatering bite. These loaded baked beans are one of the best bbq side dishes to serve with hamburgers, ribs, grilled chicken or hot dogs at picnics and potlucks.


Ingredients

1 pound ground beef (93% lean) 

2.5 ounces pre-cooked bacon, cut into pieces

3 (15 ounces) cans pork and beans, drained

1 cup yellow onion, chopped

½ cup ketchup

½ cup barbecue sauce

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon black pepper


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet add the ground beef and bacon. Over medium heat cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the juices run clear. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Transfer the remainder of the ingredients to the skillet.
  4. Stir until everything is incorporated. 
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
  6. For one-pot stovetop cooking follow the instructions above until step 4. Continue to cook them on the stovetop over a medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. (To cook them while camping, for a bbq or picnic, you can make them ahead of time and reheat over the fire or grill. You can also follow the stovetop instructions to cook them on the spot.)
  7. To cook in the crockpot follow the step by step instructions in the oven through step 2. Then transfer the ingredients to the crockpot, stirring until incorporated. Cook on high for 1 hour or slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.

Notes

Storage and reheating instructions:

Store by using an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheat using a microwave-safe dish with 30 second intervals in the microwave until heated through. Or in a pan on the stovetop over a medium heat, stirring until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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