Side Dish | June 28, 2017

Doctored Up Baked Beans

Friends!! This baked beans recipe is my GREAT GRANDMA’S! A month ago my mom sent me a couple of pages of recipes from my great grandmas book, and I’m so excited to share some of these with you. First up are these baked beans. I remember my grandma always made them on our summer barbecue evenings with the family- and as a child I didn’t love beans but I always loved these. 

Doctored Up Baked Beans in a white bowl with serving spoons

I ended up changing just a few things. Their cans and proportions were a bit different back then, so I had to make the quantities match up with todays standard cans and measurements. Also, I added the jalapeño. You of course, can take it out. It doesn’t add heat (because its only 1 jalapeños, you can add more if you want spice!) but it adds flavor! I noticed in many “from-scratch” recipes they called for bell peppers. By adding a jalapeño it will add the traditional flavor of pepper, without it being overpowering or over spicy.

Doctored Up Baked Beans in a white bowl with serving spoons

Bacon & Baking

There are two pretty key things about this recipe.

  1. bacon! bacon adds so much flavor and extra texture. Crispy chewy bacon + soft firm beans in that savory sweet sauce its the spot every time. Everyone from kids to men love this dish!
  2. The recipe calls for these baked beans to be baked for 1 hour. I thought it might be a little over kill until I tasted the beans right after combining all ingredients. yup. it definitely needs to sit and marry in that heat and oven. it creates a deep flavor that won’t be matched by just stirring ingredients together, or opening up a can from the grocery store.

Doctored Up Baked Beans in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon

I love cooking mine in my Stuab Fry Pan. It can go from frying bacon, simmering sauce, baking in the oven to serving the food all while looking beautiful.

Doctored Up Baked Beans in a cast iron skillet

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Doctored Up Baked Beans in a white bowl with serving spoons

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baked beans in white bowls with flatware
Baked Beans
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Creamy, salty perfect baked beans!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: doctored up baked beans
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 22 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 2 28 oz can pork & beans
  • 1 lb bacon cut and fried
  • 1 onion chopped small
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  1. In fry pan start browning cut bacon. When bacon is almost brown add onion and jalapeño and saute until onions are translucent and jalapeños are soft.
  2. Drain excess grease from pan.
  3. Stir all ingredients together.
  4. Bake at 350 for 1-1.5 hours
Recipe Notes

For a vegetarian version leave out the bacon! 

Nutrition Facts
Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 22
% Daily Value*
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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