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Baked Beans with Ground Beef

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Flavorful baked beans with ground beef is a classic barbecue side dish that’s as convenient as it is delicious. Made with canned beans, seasoned beef, bell pepper, onion, and seasonings, these beans are perfect with burgers, ribs, pulled pork, and more.

These are our go-to Baked Beans with Ground Beef! Whether it’s a potluck, family dinner, or a casual backyard get-together, this side dish is perfect for sharing.

Baked beans with ground beef are also really to make. Canned beans are upgraded with seasoned beef, onion, bell pepper, ketchup, Creole mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and more.

This is also the same recipe we use with our favorite BBQ in a Jar. Whenever Marrekus makes them, I always go back for seconds and thirds. They’re THAT good.

So let’s get into it!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • HEARTY & FILLING – Baked beans with ground beef is a satisfying side dish and a go-to Southern comfort side that leaves you feeling full and happy.
  • FLAVORFUL – The combination of seasoned beef, savory BBQ beans, onion, peppers, and spices results in amazing flavor.
  • CONVENIENCE – This simple, straightforward recipe uses canned beans, making it perfect for creating an effortless barbecue side dish that’s full of flavor.


  • Ground beef
  • Butter
  • Green bell pepper
  • Yellow onion
  • Canned baked beans
  • Ketchup
  • Creole mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Soul Food Seasoning
  • Your favorite BBQ seasoning
  • Apple cider vinegar

Note: Easily scale up this recipe for larger gatherings. It’s a crowd-pleaser that brings people together. Don’t hesitate to add your personal touch with additional spices.

How to Make Baked Beans with Ground Beef

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Grab your Dutch oven or any oven-safe pot and cook ground beef over medium-high heat until it’s browned. Once done, drain out that excess oil and set the beef aside.
  3. In the same pot, melt butter and toss in your diced onion and bell pepper. Let them sauté until they’re softened and fragrant – about 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Take the pot off the heat and return the ground beef to the pot.
  5. Add the canned beans, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Soul Food seasoning, BBQ seasoning, and apple cider vinegar. Stir it all together.
  6. Once everything is added to the pot, it’s time to transfer the mixture to your preheated oven. Let it bake at 350°F until it’s bubbly and the beans are warmed through, about 25-30 minutes.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Choose Quality Ground Beef: Opt for high-quality ground beef with a good balance of fat for flavor. An 80/20 or 85/15 lean-to-fat ratio works well.
  • Drain Excess Fat: After browning the beef, drain any excess fat. This helps prevent the beans from becoming overly greasy while allowing the other flavors to shine.
  • Experiment with Seasonings: Play around with different seasoning blends to customize the flavor profile. The Soul Food seasoning and BBQ seasoning in the recipe are fantastic, but feel free to add a personal touch with your preferred spices.
  • Add a Touch of Heat: If you like a bit of heat, consider adding a dash of hot sauce to give your baked beans a spicy kick. Adjust the amount based on your spice tolerance.
  • Choose Quality Baked Beans: The quality of your canned baked beans matters. Choose a brand that you enjoy on its own, as it forms the base of your dish. Some people prefer a sweeter variety, while others lean towards a smokier flavor.
  • Balance Sweetness and Tanginess: Achieve the perfect balance between sweetness and tanginess by adjusting the amounts of brown sugar and vinegar. Taste as you go and tailor it to your preference.

What Goes with Baked Beans

Baked beans with ground beef are the ultimate Southern side dish – they go with ribs, burgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork, cornbread, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and potato salad. Feel free to mix and match, then pull it all together, like this BBQ in a Jar. For a lighter option, try grilled vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and mushrooms.

How to Store and Reheat

Leftover baked beans can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Allow the beans to cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container. When you’re ready to enjoy them, microwave or reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat.


Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?

Yes, you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Season to your liking and make sure to not overcook when browning.

Can I cook baked beans with ground beef on the stove instead of in the oven?

Absolutely, you can cook the baked beans on the stove instead. oth methods have their advantages, and the choice often depends on your preference and convenience.

Can I make baked beans in a slow cooker?

Sure, you can use a slow cooker or crock pot to make baked beans with ground beef. Follow the recipe steps for browning the beef and sautéing the vegetables. Then, transfer everything to the crock pot. Cook on low for approximately 6 hours or until the flavors have melded, and the beans are tender.


These baked beans with ground beef are a perfect Southern barbecue side dish. They’re a must-have at your next backyard cookout. Gather your friends and family and enjoy this hearty, delicious dish!

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Baked Beans with Ground Beef

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: sides
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: southern, barbecue


Flavorful baked beans with ground beef is a classic barbecue side dish that’s as convenient as it is delicious. 


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (3-pound) can baked beans
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Soul Food Seasoning 
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ seasoning (your favorite brand)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. In an oven-safe pot or Dutch oven, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until browned. Drain excess oil and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, melt butter and sauté diced onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from heat and reintroduce the cooked ground beef.
  5. Add canned baked beans, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Soul Food Seasoning, BBQ seasoning, and vinegar. Stir thoroughly.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the preheated oven. Bake until beans are warmed through, approximately 25-30 minutes.

Keywords: baked beans with ground beef, baked beans, barbecue, BBQ


  1. I love the addition of ground beef with these baked beans. The flavor was so good! The perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This sounds amazing!! I just bought a bunch of ground beef, so I know what I am making tonight 🙂

  3. What a delicious combination of beans with meat👏👏 this looks so scrumptious and easy to make.

  4. So good!! I made your Soul Food Seasoning blend and am so glad I did – so for those of you on the fence… def make it!

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