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Baked beans in cast iron skillet

Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch

  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups


You will love these baked beans because they are easy to make and use basic ingredients and they're healthy. 


3 cups white pea beans

6 strips bacon

1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes

2 cups chopped onions

3/4 cup ketchup

3/4 cup fancy molasses

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper


  1. Using colander or sieve, rinse baked beans. Discard any that are discoloured. 
  2. In a large heavy bottomed Dutch oven or pot, cover beans with 9 cups of water.
  3. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium and boil gently for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour, then drain.
  5. Return beans to pot with 12 cups of water.
  6. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered for 45 minutes (beans should be tender)
  7. Remove 2 cups of the cooking liquid and set aside.
  8. Drain beans.
  9. Slice bacon into six pieces and cook over medium-high heat in frying pan. Do not cook until its crispy. This is simply rendering the fat from the bacon.
  10. In a dutch oven or 16-cup casserole dish, combine beans, 2 cups of reserved cooking liquid, tomatoes, bacon, onions, ketchup, molasses, sugar, dry mustard and salt and pepper.
  11. Bake, covered in a 300°F oven for 2 and a 1/2 hours.
  12. Uncover and bake for another 1 and 1/2 hours or until desired thickness of sauce is reached.



Baked beans can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat on stovetop over low heat until heated through or use the microwave.

Homemade Baked Beans can be frozen. Cool baked beans completely, then store in a freezer-safe container for up to 4 months.  Thaw in fridge, then reheat in a small saucepan over low-medium heat for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can microwave them until heated through. (Time will vary depending on your microwave)

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 30.8 g
  • Sodium: 466 mg
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43 g
  • Protein: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 10.1 mg

Keywords: Homemade Baked Beans, side dishes, bbq sides