October 3, 2022| By

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
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This baked beans with ground beef recipe is an easy side dish that's always been a crowd pleaser. It's rich, full of delicious spices, and the addition of ground beef make it even better!

Make these southern baked beans for any occasion - but beware.. once you make this recipe, everyone will be begging you for the recipe!

Enjoy these baked beans with this Cajun Seafood Boil with Garlic Butter Sauce or this Low Country Boil Recipe for a delicious southern-style meal!

baked beans with ground beef in a large skillet.
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Every time I make baked beans, it immediately takes me back to summer cookouts as a kid. I can literally smell the charcoal from the grill, loaded with burgers, hot dogs, ribs - you name it!

This recipe is near and dear to my heart. It's my mother's recipe that I've adapted through the years and is the best baked beans you'll ever make.

It's a rendition of southern style baked beans that's been zhushed up with ground beef, spices, and a lot of love. Everyone goes crazy over these baked beans y'all.

It's a super easy baked beans recipe that's the perfect side dish for cookouts, a family reunion, holiday parties, birthdays, and family gatherings. It's also a great recipe to enjoy as a main dish and the flavor is so rich and delicious!

Ingredients

ingredients to make baked beans - canned beans, ground beef, onions, butter, bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, seasonings, and brown sugar.

You only need a few simple ingredients for this baked bean casserole.

  • Canned Baked Beans - my favorite brand to use is bush’s original baked beans. My favorite beans are their brown sugar hickory flavor, but use whatever you like!
  • Ground beef - I recommend using 85/15 lean ground beef as you don't want your beans to be greasy from the excess liquid. For these meaty baked beans, lean meat is the way to go.
  • Spices - you'll need smoked paprika, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and chili powder to flavor this hearty side dish.
  • Yellow Onion - what's a ground beef recipe without an onion? The onion flavors the beef while cooking and give thi
  • Sauces - barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, and a dash of worcestershire sauce all go in these hearty baked beans to enhance the depth of flavor. If you don't have worcestershire sauce, for a similar flavor, you can use soy sauce instead.
  • Brown sugar - you have to add a little light brown sugar to this recipe for sweetness, it's only right. Your tastebuds will thank you! You can also use dark brown sugar or a tablespoon of molasses if you prefer a deeper caramel flavor.
  • Butter - when the beans bake in the oven, the butter bakes into the dish and coats the beans in a delicious buttery sweet sauce.

Variations

  • Add a diced green bell pepper or red bell pepper for a little added flavor.
  • Turn this into cowboy baked beans by adding in some crispy bacon and red bell peppers!
  • Use a homemade BBQ sauce to add your own spin on this delicious side dish.
  • An easy way to keep the beans warm is to add them to a crock pot on the warm setting. Just make sure they don't dry out.

Tips

  • I recommend us yellow mustard for this dish. Avoid using dijon mustard or spicy brown mustard as it adds a bitter flavor to the beans.
  • If you don't have a 9x13 baking pan, you can also use an oven safe dutch oven, preferably nonstick.

How to make Baked Beans with Ground Beef

  • Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions and saute for 3 minutes, then add ground beef and season with salt and black pepper. Cook until the beef is fully cooked.
ground beef and onions in a skillet.
  • Add seasonings to the cooked ground beef - smoked paprika, ground ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and chili powder. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the spices are mixed in.
  • Reduce the heat to low heat. Then add the bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Toss together and then add butter and canned baked beans.
baked beans with ground beef in a large skillet.
  • Once everything is combined, pour into a 9x13 baking dish or casserole dish and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Let it cool for at least 20 minutes as this gives the beans time to thicken.
southern baked beans in a skillet.
  • Top with sliced green onions and serve.

What to serve with Baked Beans

close up photo of a spoon in a pot of baked beans.

This easy recipe can be served with just about anything for a hearty dinner. My favorite way to eat baked beans is with any bbq dinners with classic dishes like:

Recipe FAQs

How do I make baked beans thicker?

The longer you bake the beans, the thicker they'll become. Fresh out of the oven, the beans are usually runny, however, once they cool, they thicken up.

How long to bake baked beans with ground beef?

You bake beans in the oven for one hour and twenty minutes.

How long do baked beans last in the fridge?

Store these baked beans in the refrigerator 3-4 days in an airtight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.

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baked beans with ground beef in a skillet topped with sliced green onions.

Baked Beans with Ground Beef

This baked beans with ground beef recipe are the best southern baked beans you'll ever make! It's easy, delicious, and full of flavor!
Serving: 8
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Calories: 466kcal

Equipment

  • Large Skillet
  • 9x13 baking dish

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs Ground Beef , preferably 85/15
  • 1 Yellow Onion , chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Yellow Mustard 
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • (2) 15 oz cans Bush's Baked Beans , original or brown sugar hickory
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 8 tbsp Butter
  • Bacon Bits , optional (for garnish)
  • Green Onions , optional (for garnish)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions and saute for 3 minutes, then add ground beef and season with salt and black pepper. Cook until the beef is fully cooked.
  • Add seasonings to the cooked ground beef - smoked paprika, ground ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and chili powder. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the spices are mixed in.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Then add the bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Toss together and then add butter and canned baked beans.
  • Once everything is combined, pour into a 9x13 baking dish or casserole dish and bake in the oven for an 1 hour and 20 minutes. Let it cool for at least 20 minutes as this gives the beans time to thicken.
  • Top with sliced green onions or bacon bits and serve.

Notes

Variations
  • Add a diced green bell pepper or red bell pepper for a little added flavor.
  • Turn this into cowboy baked beans by adding in some crispy bacon and red bell peppers!
  • Use a homemade BBQ sauce to add your own spin on this delicious side dish.
  • An easy way to keep the beans warm is to add them to a crock pot on the warm setting. Just make sure they don't dry out.
Tips
  • I recommend us yellow mustard for this dish. Avoid using dijon mustard or spicy brown mustard as it adds a bitter flavor to the beans.
  • If you don't have a 9x13 baking pan, you can also use an oven safe dutch oven, preferably nonstick.

Nutrition

Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 757IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: African-American, American

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good, I'm so happy that I found it! The beans were sweet and savory and the flavors were nicely balanced. Thanks for this recipe!