Smoky Baked Beans

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Smoky Baked Beans

I’ve never really liked baked beans. Before I met Eric, I don’t think I ever tried any that weren’t from a can, which was probably why I never liked them. Thankfully for me, Eric’s mom makes delicious baked beans. She does start with canned baked beans, but she adds several ingredients to turn them into something delicious. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have given this recipe a second look, but I’m so glad I did. Once I saw that these are made with chipotle, bacon and beer, I was sold.

These baked beans are full of flavor. They get smokiness from the chipotles and sweetness from the molasses and brown sugar. If you want more heat, you can certainly add another chipotle. The bacon retains just enough crispiness to add a contrasting texture to the beans. Plus, they’re incredibly simple to make. There’s absolutely no need to buy the canned kind when you can easily make these at home.

Smoky Baked Beans

  • 1 28-ounce can Navy or Great Northern beans, drained

  • Half a small onion, about ¼ cup minced

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup beer

  • 1 chipotle in adobo, minced

  • 3 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled

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    Heat oven to 350º. Combine all ingredients in an 8-by-8-inch casserole dish.

    Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. The sauce will thicken as the beans bake, so continue cooking another 30 minutes if a thicker sauce is desired.


COMMENTS: ( 17 )
  • Lauren at KeepItSweet

    i've never made homemade baked beans but these look worth the time

  • steph

    These look really good. I'm going to give them a try next time I make baked beans.

    Love your casserole dish!

  • Sara

    Mmmmmm, these look soooooo tasty! Baked beans are one of my favorite foods, and this version looks totally fantastic! 🙂

  • A Year on the Grill

    These look terrific!

    First time here, found you through tastespotter…

    Will be back, great site

  • A Year on the Grill

    But my beans are just a bit better 😉

    Smokers are very competitive about their beans

  • Jennifer

    I just made a big fix of bakes beans last week, although traditional style for here. I love the beer and chipolte in these!!! they look so good!

  • life, in recipes

    Glad you finally tried them (and liked them). Did you use Yuengling Light or another beer? Thanks for the link!

  • Vibey

    Snap! I saw your recipe just as I posted mine on Foodbuzz! Yours looks pretty good too…

  • Debs

    OMG, I've been looking for a recipe just like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cherine

    I love baked beans. I like your recipe too!!

  • Courtney

    Lauren, they're so fast and easy!

    Steph, let me know if you try and like them! The casserole dish is from Home Goods, where I always seem to find more casserole dishes than I need. 🙂

    Sara, thanks for the sweet words!

    A Year on the Grill, thanks so much! And give them a try; you might be surprised to find them your new favorite baked beans. 😉

    Jennifer, Vibey, Debs and Cherine – Y'all are too sweet!

    Life, I used a Pale Moon (Blue Moon's amber ale). It was perfect! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  • Amanda

    These beans look delicious. Can't wait to give them a try!

  • AmberJ

    Recipe looks great, really want to give it a try, but can something be used in place of beer.

    • Courtney

      Sure, you can use chicken broth. It won’t have as deep of a flavor, but it should still taste very good. I also once heard of using ginger ale in place of beer, but I honestly have no idea how that would taste. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  • stacie

    I never did beans like this before. I love baked beans will try this holiday.

  • fabie

    I’m definitely going to try this one for our family picnic this summer .This looks sooooooooooo tasty.

  • Pam

    These are pretty much the same ingredients that I use in my recipe, and it’s always requested for BBQ’s and family get-togethers. The only difference is that I use cola (a whole can…it will cook down) instead of beer, and I cut back on the brown sugar. (I’d rather keep ALL of the molasses flavor in there) I use extra bacon, too, and have never heard any complaints! LOL.The chipotles are a pleasant “kick” to it. I LOVE sticky baked beans!