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Baked Beans with Ground Beef

This baked beans with ground beef and bacon dish will be a show stopper at your next barbecue. Loaded with ground beef, peppers, and topped with crispy bacon. It will for sure be a show stopper. Don't serve boring baked beans again.
3.20 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Bake 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 People

Ingredients
  

  • 8-12 Slices of Bacon Diced
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion Diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper, or other hot pepper of your choice Diced
  • 1.5 pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 15 oz Cans of Pork and Beans Drained

Sauce

  • ¾ Cup Barbecue Sauce
  • ½ Cup Ketschup
  • 2 Tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • If baking in a 9"x13" prepare the dish by spraying with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until crispy. Remove from skillet onto a plate lined with a paper towel. Set aside.

Prepare the Sauce

  • While the bacon is cooking combine all the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan.
  • Place over medium-low heat until bubbly. Reduce to a low and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. While the sauce is simmering prepare the meat mixture.

Making the Meat and Beans

  • Once bacon is removed from the pan, safely dump out the grease leaving just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Add yellow onions and sauté until soft and translucent.
  • Add in green pepper and jalapeño and continue to sauté until soft. Add in garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
  • Add in the ground beef, break up with a wooden spoon, and cook until it is completely browned all the way through. 
  • Add in the BBQ sauce mix and beans to the cooked ground beef and stir to incorporate. Bring to a light boil and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. 

Baking in a Stove to Oven Skillet

  • If using a skillet that can go from stove to oven, sprinkle the bacon on top, cover with oven safe lid or aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid or foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until bubbly.

Baking in a 9"x13" Dish

  • If it is not an oven safe skillet, transfer to a 9"x13" baking dish, top with the bacon, cover with foil and place in oven. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Baking
The easiest way to make this dish is to use a stove to oven-safe baking dish. That way it can be cooked on the stove and easily transferred to the oven. 
If you don't have a large skillet that is oven safe it can easily be transferred to a 9"x13" baking dish, then topped with bacon, covered and baked. 
Substitutions
This recipe is easily adaptable to your preferences and needs. Different peppers and beans can easily be replaced.
  • Black Beans: Black beans could be used in place of pork and beans but you will not get the same classic BBQ baked beans flavor.
  • Red Bell Peppers: Red bell pepper could be used in place of the green without altering the flavors too much. The red bell pepper can give this dish a sweet flavor.
  • Ground Turkey: Use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
Variations
  • Spicy - Even through this recipe has jalapeños it is still very mild. Make it spicier by using a spicy BBQ sauce or adding in your favorite hot sauce in the BBQ mix.
  • Double for a Crowd - This recipe can easily be doubled if your serving more than 6-8 people. Double all the portions and use a larger casserole dish or even divide into two. Storage
    This baked bean dish will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. To reheat add to a skillet or small pot and heat over medium-low heat until bubble. Or place in baking dish and bake in the oven at 350 until bubbly.
    They can also be made a day or two ahead of time. Just skip the baking part and throw them in the oven right before serving.
    How to Freeze 
    These also freeze really well! Keep in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Do not do the final bake before freezing.
    To cook from frozen: Remove from freezer 1-2 days and allow to thaw in the refrigerator. When ready to serve follow the baking instructions above.
Keyword Baked Beans, Barbecue Baked Beans, Barbecue Side Dish, BBQ Beans
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