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Baked Beans with Ground Beef

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.

Makes

2 casseroles (12 servings each)

I serve these hearty baked beans with ground beef along with a tossed salad and some crusty bread for a balanced one-pot meal. It's nice to have this casserole in the freezer for those nights when there's no time to cook. —Louann Sherbach, Wantagh, New York
Baked Beans with Ground Beef Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 4 cans (15-3/4 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 envelopes onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Sliced green onions, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients; heat through. Transfer to 2 greased 2-qt. baking dishes.
  2. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until bubbly, 10-15 minutes longer.

Baked Beans with Ground Beef Tips

What else can you add to baked beans with ground beef?

For some variation, top these baked beans with crisply cooked bacon. For a spicier flavor, add 1 tablespoon of chili powder as you brown the beef, to bloom the flavor. Taste as you go and add more chili powder if you like. You can also experiment with stirring in cumin, coriander, or cayenne pepper.

How do you serve baked beans with ground beef?

The beauty of this recipe is that these baked beans with ground beef can be served as a standalone meal (pair with a salad and cornbread) or as a delicious side dish to barbecue pork, or even hot dogs or hamburgers in the summer. It’s a terrific potluck dish, too!

How do you store baked beans with ground beef?

Kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, these baked beans will be good for up to 3-4 days. If you're taking this dish to a potluck, warm on low heat in a small crock pot or slow cooker, stirring occasionally, until heated through before serving.

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 157 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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