Easy Baked Beans Recipe

Easy Baked Beans Recipe

This Easy Baked Beans Recipe is a year round favorite. Packed full of rich spicy delicious flavors, and added pancetta, which brings a unique flavor that will make this a go to recipe.

We love to serve these baked beans at a summer barbeque or fall tailgate party!

These baked beans are perfect if you have limited time and are not able to soak your beans overnight. It gives you all the flavors of old fashion homemade baked beans by using canned pinto and black beans.

The recipe is essentially like making baked beans from scratch, but easier! It is a quick and delicious way to add baked beans to your dinner and BBQ menu. We always pair these flavorful beans with our Southern style buttermilk fried chicken and our Jerk chicken recipe.

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Ingredients for Easy Baked Beans Recipe

  • 2 cans of pinto beans – don’t drain
  • 1 can black beans – don’t drain
  • 2 cups pancetta, diced
  • 1 whole yellow onion, diced
  • 1 whole green pepper, cleaned and diced
  • Ketchup
  • Molasses
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dry mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tabasco sauce (optional but highly recommended!)

What is Pancetta?

Pancetta comes from Italian cured pork belly. It is essentially the Italian version of American bacon because it comes from the same cut.

Pancetta is amazingly flavorful and adds an additional punch to any recipe. It actually tastes a lot like bacon but without the smokiness, and has a slightly salty flavor. It is cut from the pork belly of the pig and then cured.

Pancetta needs to be cooked fully before using in recipes. We wouldn’t dream of making our Classic Bolognese Sauce without it!

Pancetta is a beloved ingredients around the world and you can generally find it in the deli area of your grocery store. However, if you cannot find it, both thick cut bacon and diced ham make a great substitute in this recipe, or almost any recipe.

Step by Step instructions for making this delicious bean recipe

  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • In a medium sauce pan add pinto beans and black beans. Bring to a slow boil. Let cool, drain off bean juice but reserve 1/2 cup of bean juice for later.
  • In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium heat. Add diced onion and green pepper, cook until they are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add diced pancetta to the onion and green pepper. Cook until pancetta is nicely browned and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, dry mustard, pepper and the reserved bean juice. Blend together. For an extra kick of flavor you can add a dash of tabasco sauce (we always do and we highly recommend as it adds just the right touch of spiciness without being overpowering)
  • In a 3.5 quart Dutch oven add a layer of beans to the bottom. Then add a layer of pancetta mixture. Spread evenly over the beans. Continue to layer until complete. You will have about 4 individual layers.
  • The actual amount of layers will vary based on the size of your pan. If you use a bigger pan you may have just 3 layers. Here’s the link to pan we are using – our 3.5 quart Le Creuset Enamel Braiser, with a lid. It’s a true workhorse in the kitchen, lasts forever, and is gorgeous!
  • Evenly pour liquid ketchup molasses mixture over the top of beans and pancetta layers.
  • No need to stir the mixture at this point. Cooking will allow the sauce to slowly seep to the bottom.
  • Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and serve to make sure all the flavors are combined. Your kitchen is going to smell amazing!

How to store easy Baked Beans:

These delicious Baked beans can be made ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator and reheated (covered) prior to serving. Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days.

Can you freeze baked beans? That answer is YES you can! Let beans cool completely, then place in a sealed storage container and freeze. If you have a lot left over you may want to split into smaller portion for freezing. Once you are ready to reheat just let them thaw in the refrigerator all day or about 20 minutes on the counter top. Then place in baking dish with a splash of water. Cover and bake in the oven at 350˚F, for about 20 – 30 minutes or until piping hot. Serve and enjoy!

Other great side dishes to try:

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Easy Baked Beans Recipe

These Easy Baked Beans are a year-round favorite. Packed full of rich spicy delicious flavors, with pancetta that adds a unique flavor. Perfect for your next BBQ or get together!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: How to, Picnic, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 371kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cans pinto beans (15.5 oz. each)
  • 1 can black beans (15.5 oz.)
  • 1 whole yellow onion, diced
  • 1 whole green pepper, diced
  • 2 cups pancetta, diced
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • In a medium sauce pan add pinto beans and black bean. Bring to a slow boil. Let cool, drain off bean juice. Reserve 1/2 cup bean juice for later.
  • In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium until warm. Add the diced onion and green pepper and cook until the onions are translucent, or about 5 minutes.
  • Add pancetta to the onion and green pepper. Cook until pancetta is evenly browned and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, reserved bean juice, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Blend well.
    For an extra flavor kick add a dash of tabasco sauce.
  • In a 3.5 quart Dutch oven add a layer of beans to the bottom. Then add a layer of pancetta mixture. Spread evenly over the beans. Continue to layer until complete. You will have about 4 individual layer.
  • Evenly pour ketchup mixture ingredients over the top of beans and pancetta.
  • Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
    Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, stir to combine, and serve.

Notes

TIP: If you want to make a bigger batch, you can hover over the number of servings, and a slider will appear.  Slide until it shows the amount of servings you want, and it will then automatically calculate the ingredient amounts for you

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg



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