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Best Baked Bean Casserole

Updated on March 12, 2012

Easy Baked Bean Casserole

This easy to make and tasty baked bean casserole is perfect for potlucks, picnics and any share a dish get together.

We actually like this so much that we usually keep a tub of it in the fridge all year long. We like to warm up a cup or bowl of this whenever we want a quick and easy meal.

For parties and potlucks, we just put it in a crockpot, set it on warm and by the end of the party it's all gone.

Warning!

This is a high calorie recipe!

Beans and Sausage
Beans and Sausage

Ingredients

What You Will Need

* 3 big cans of baked beans

* 1 pound of bacon

* 1 pound ground beef

* 1 pound hot breakfast sausage

* 1 big onion diced

* 1 two pound bag of brown sugar

* Salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

* 2 Tablespoons of yellow mustard and 2 Tablespoons of BBQ sauce

Bacon
Bacon

Step One

A Whole Pound Of Bacon

Yes, really a whole pound of bacon!

I dice up the bacon before frying it, then drain the grease on a paper plate & set it aside.

Then I use the bacon grease to brown the rest of the meat.

Be sure to cook the bacon nice and crispy, wiggly bacon is yucky in these beans, crispy bacon softens up just right.

Ground Beef And Hot Sausage
Ground Beef And Hot Sausage

Step Two

Brown The Meat

I like to brown the meat in some of the left over bacon grease, I think it adds a lot of flavor.

I brown and crumble 1 pound each of ground beef and hot breakfast sausage and add a little seasoned salt, garlic powder and lots of black pepper.

If you want spicier beans add some red pepper flakes or ground cayenne pepper.

Add Onions
Add Onions

Step Three

Add The Onions

Once the meat is mostly cooked, add the diced onion.

You don't want to over cook the onions, just soften them up a bit. They will continue to cook and flavor the beans as they cook.

If you have picky eaters that won't eat onions, you can grate the onions. Grated onions add the flavor but disolve, si finicky eaters won't even know they're there.

Beans
Beans

Step Four

Do This While The Meat Cooks

While the meat is cooking, get the beans ready.

You will need a big, 2-3 quart pot. I like to use Bush's beans and I like to use three different flavors to give the beans some bean variety.

You could actually add any kind of beans you want, depending on how adventurous your eaters are.

Season the beans
Season the beans

Step Five

Add Some Flavor

While the meat is browning, I put the bean pot on the stove on medium heat and start adding ingredients.

First I stir in the bacon, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices.

We like our beans on the spicy side so I usually add both red pepper flakes and a dash of cayenne powder.

You can also add garlic powder, a pinch of ground cloves and oregano and thyme. Adding a little bit of cloves makes this dish complement a Ham dinner very nicely.

Crockpot With Travel Bag

Perfect For Bringing A Dish To Share!

Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar

Step Six

Really, A Whole Bag of Brown Sugar!

Okay, I know you're thinking...OMG! That's too much brown sugar!

If you use less, it really will not be even half as good!

Use the whole 2 pound bag at least once so you will know the difference.

The brown Sugar not only gives these beans they're incredible sweet and rich flavor, but it also adds the extra juice you need to balance out the meat.

Add the Meat
Add the Meat

Step Seven

Time to Add The Meat

By now the meat is cooked all the way through and it's time to add it to the beans.

I mix the meat in and then increase the heat to medium high until the beans come to a slow boil.

Then I reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least a half an hour. Then you can eat them right away or refrigerate them until you are ready to use them.

Perfect For Parties!

I got this for my Mom for Christmas & she just loves it!

Baked Bean Casserole
Baked Bean Casserole

Step Eight

Time To Eat!

We eat these beans as a meal all the time.

My husband and the boys like to add more yellow mustard and just squirt it right into their bowls. I like them just as is.

We bring a crockpot of this bean casserole to every party or family function and the crockpot is always empty before we go home.

These beans are great all year long and go with just about anything.

Easy Baked Bean Casserole

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Yummy Baked Bean Casserole Is Easy To Make.First fry up a whole pound of baconThen Brown a pound each of ground beef and hot sausageAdd salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste and 1 large diced onion.While the meat is cooking, place 3 cans of baked beans in a large pot.Add bacon, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices, then bring to a low boil.Once the beans are hot, lower the heat and add a whole 2 pound bag of brown sugar.Once the brown sugar is mixed in, add the browned meat.Simmer on the stove top for about a half an hour.
Yummy Baked Bean Casserole Is Easy To Make.
Yummy Baked Bean Casserole Is Easy To Make.
First fry up a whole pound of bacon
First fry up a whole pound of bacon
Then Brown a pound each of ground beef and hot sausage
Then Brown a pound each of ground beef and hot sausage
Add salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste and 1 large diced onion.
Add salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste and 1 large diced onion.
While the meat is cooking, place 3 cans of baked beans in a large pot.
While the meat is cooking, place 3 cans of baked beans in a large pot.
Add bacon, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices, then bring to a low boil.
Add bacon, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices, then bring to a low boil.
Once the beans are hot, lower the heat and add a whole 2 pound bag of brown sugar.
Once the beans are hot, lower the heat and add a whole 2 pound bag of brown sugar.
Once the brown sugar is mixed in, add the browned meat.
Once the brown sugar is mixed in, add the browned meat.
Simmer on the stove top for about a half an hour.
Simmer on the stove top for about a half an hour.

YUM!

YUM!
YUM!

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    • Monika Weise profile image

      Monika Weise 4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Sounds delicious! I may make this one night this week.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a new concept to me, baked beans with ground beef in it. Does look yummy!

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds really good. In the UK we usually just have baked beans on their own. I was amazed at all the different recipes in the USA, and also amazed that beans on toast doesn't exist.