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Baked Beans with Ground Beef, Sausage, and Bacon

The recipe for Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Sausage elevates this well-seasoned casserole to a new level. They are a tradition in our family at all barbecues and cook-outs.

HEARTY BAKED BEANS - in small bowls

My friend Larry called these Hearty Baked Beansthe best-baked beans I ever had.” I don’t know if he was extra hungry. Maybe he was just appreciating food he didn’t have to make himself. Nevertheless, he’s a wonderful cook so I’m believing it. Here is the recipe as promised.

Hearty Baked Beans -- on chip

Since they contain ground beef, sausage, and bacon, these beans are a meal in their own right. They’re also a tasty side for steaks, pork chops, burgers, etc. Serve them at your next cook-out. Take them to a potluck. Or, fix them for a sick neighbor or friend.

My favorite way to eat them is with potato chips using the beans as a dip. My family does likewise. Please advise if that is socially-unacceptable.

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    Yield: 10 servings

    Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Sausage


    Well-seasoned baked beans are taken to a new level with the addition of ground beef and hot sausage.

    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 55 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


    • 5-6 slices bacon
    • 1/2 pound ground beef
    • 1/2 pound sausage (I like the HOT variety)
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped (I like the red ones best)
    • 2 16-ounce cans pork and beans
    • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
    • 1/2 cup ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 4 tablespoons brown sugar


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In large skillet, fry bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and discard grease.
    2. In same skillet, brown ground meat, draining off excess fat. Add onions and bell peppers. Cook until vegetables soften. Add pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the meat and simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Transfer beans to greased 2-quart dish. Crumble bacon over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow to stand an additional 10 minutes before serving.


    *Cheap pork and beans work best as they tend to contain more liquid making the beans "juicier" after baked.

    *Baking time will vary according to the depth of the baking dish you choose. Flatter dishes require less time. Beans will thicken some after removing from oven.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 serving

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1108mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 18g

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    Saturday 6th of October 2012

    Made this tonight for church pot luck tomorrow. Not sure it will make it to the pot luck! The family has already eaten a fair share of it. YUMMY! Thanks for sharing.


    Sunday 7th of October 2012

    You're welcome Cheri. Good choice for a potluck.


    Thursday 11th of November 2010

    Hi Paula, this is Diana from TasteSpotting!

    These beans sound amazing! The perfect thing to warm up with on a cool fall day. :) Have you thought about submitting the recipe for the $1000 grand prize in TasteSpotting's Johnsonville Sausage recipe contest? You can find out more details here -

    Would love to have you participate - cheers!

    Steak Enthusiast

    Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

    Wow! This recipe is so amazing (and so are your photos) that I had to share it with my blog readers, too! I know they will love it as much as I do. Thanks for the recipe!


    Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

    I just made the beans and while putting them together, I discovered I was out of Brown Sugar. Too tired to go to the store, I used Maple Syrup and they are still better than mine and a lot easier. I normally start with dried beans, but why bother?


    Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

    Larry, I've tried starting with dried beans several times too. But they are never quite as good. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. You said it right, "Why bother?"


    Saturday 31st of July 2010

    Recipe looks great and very similar to one that I make with turkey products rather than beef. I use ground turkey, turkey bacon, baked beans as well as kidney and butter beans. May not sound as good but the other items make the dish very good- or at least we think so!!