Easy Baked Beans

Easy Baked Beans are a quick, 5-ingredient, stovetop recipe that dresses up canned white beans for a versatile dinnertime side dish!

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Sometimes you need an effortless side dish to round out a meal, and bonus points if the entire family loves it. And so it goes with this Easy Baked Beans recipe. After all, baked beans need not take all day, and today I'm letting y'all in on a simple, 5-ingredient, stovetop shortcut!

Southern Baked Beans

One of my favorite dishes to whip up for a summertime picnic, potluck, or BBQ is Southern Baked Beans, which are sweet and savory like traditional baked beans, but jazzed up with barbecue sauce and bacon for a southern twist.

They're as easy as stirring a handful of ingredients into canned white beans, topping with bacon, and baking until the beans are bubbly and the bacon is crispy.

When I make this recipe, I typically assemble a dish big enough to feed a dozen or so people. But sometimes I crave those same baked beans in a smaller batch -- just enough for my family -- to enjoy alongside chicken or burgers or hot dogs.

 Close-up in pot with spoon.

How to Make Easy Baked Beans

And that's how I arrived at these super-quick Easy Baked Beans!

  1. I reduced the recipe for my beloved Southern Baked Beans.
  2. Then I warmed everything together in a pot on the stove.
  3. And finally, for simplicity, I eliminated the bacon.

The result is a delicious, family-pleasing side dish that nicely complements all sorts of dinnertime fare and is ready in a matter of minutes!

Spoonful of Easy Baked Beans.

Ingredients

Aside from its ease, flavor, and popularity with my family, one of the things I love about this recipe is that it requires just FIVE basic ingredients that I already always have on hand:

  • Canned white beans. Navy or Great Northern work equally well.
  • Maple syrup.
  • Barbecue sauce. I use either homemade or a store-brought bottle with natural ingredients.
  • Prepared yellow mustard. And...
  • Lemon juice.

That's it!

Close-up of serving dish.

The resulting dish is a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, a little bit tangy, and a whole lotta yummy!

I recommend pairing these stovetop Easy Baked Beans with a fresh grilled burger, zippy potato salad, and sliced garden-fresh tomatoes for a simple, scrumptious summertime meal that will have everyone licking their plate and coming back for seconds.

Enjoy!

Quick Stovetop Baked Beans in a pot with a spoon.

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Easy Baked Beans

Easy Baked Beans are a quick, 5-ingredient, stovetop recipe that dresses up canned white beans for a versatile dinnertime side dish!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Calories: 223kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) can white beans, such as Navy or Great Northern beans, DRAINED
  • 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stir well, and reduce to a low simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with a slotted spoon.

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Notes

  • Keep in mind that the type of BBQ sauce you use is going to contribute that same flavor to your beans (smokey vs. spicy vs. sweet, etc.). If your BBQ sauce is sweet, you may want to use a lesser amount of maple syrup.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled or quadrupled.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 5mg
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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Yes, this was so easy! Had everything in the kitchen, with one substitution (ketchup+dry BBQ spice rub = BBQ sauce). I see how you can easily modify this recipe with what you have on hand. Will never buy canned baked beans again.

    1. 5 stars
      I'll be honest, I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. We're trying to cut back on sugar, and this was just right! I used No Sugar Added Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ, because it's what I had on hand. Next time, I might make my own sauce though!

  2. 5 stars
    This was a first time ever making baked beans and it was delicious!!!! One thing that made it tough for me to doctor was using fresh squeezed lemon and spicy brown mustard which made it mildly tart so I chopped up bacon and cooked it then dumped that and bacon grease in with a little water and it took most the tartness out.

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic! Wanted baked beans, but only had a can of great northern beans...Followed recipe exactly and super delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Didn't know what to do simply for lunch. Decided it was going to be hot dogs. Didn't have anything to go with. Always have canned beans. Found this recipe, all the ingredients are available. Do delicious we will never buy already prepared baked beans from a can AGAIN. THANK YOU!

    1. Sorry to hear that, Jaycie. Did you happen to rinse your canned beans? They only need to be drained, but not rinsed. The small amount of juices they retain from the can -- plus the additional liquid ingredients in the recipe -- are typically more than sufficient to keep these beans moist.

      1. 5 stars
        Just what I was looking for - thanks! Quick and easy. I'd use less mustard next time (personal taste). Great recipe.

    2. I didn’t drain my pinto beans, they were great. Never buy baked beans again. Used chopped bacon fried, drained grease and used the same pan. With chopped onions.

    1. Maybe honey? But since the flavor of honey may make the beans taste little different, I’d start out with about half as much honey as the recipes calls for maple syrup. Taste your beans once everything is mixed together and then add more, to taste, if necessary. 🙂

    2. 4 stars
      I swapped molasses and added a tbsp of brown sugar (and cut the BBQ sauce in half) for a more Northern Baked Beans taste - worked out great!

  5. 5 stars
    I had to throw together a side dish for my 4th of July cookout because I didn’t want to run to the store. I found this recipe and I can honestly say I will not need to buy baked beans from a can again! I had to improvise and use Great Northern Beans along with pinto beans. I sautéed an onion before adding the rest of the ingredients. It is not as soupy and gloopy as baked beans from a can, but I definitely wasn’t missing anything! Not to mention it was SO EASY. I will be making these again!

    1. Hi Amy! I'd either make a batch of Homemade BBQ Sauce and use a bit of that. Or -- to be really quick -- I'd just substitute 2 tablespoons ketchup for the BBQ sauce, plus add in a splash of apple cider vinegar, a dash of Worcestershire, and a sprinkle of a few seasonings like onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and/or chile powder. Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. The flavor of honey may make the beans taste little different, but it should work. I think I'd start out with about half as much honey as the recipes calls for maple syrup. Taste your beans once everything is mixed together and then add more, to taste, if necessary. Hope that helps! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    So yummy and easy! We forgot to grab a can of baked beans at the store, but we had plenty of cans of beans at home. I used pinto beans and it came out perfectly. We had made a homemade BBQ sauce with a touch of smoky hot sauce which I used in the beans. It was delicious! I will definitely be saving this recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Just made this for myself. I used 3 tablespoon of Jack Daniel's: BBQ glaze smokey sweet and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup topped with roasted onion and it was heaven on a plate. This recipe has now been saved.

  8. 5 stars
    This is so so yummy. I’m eating it as I type this. That’s how good it is I couldn’t even wait to review it because it was so yummy. My Three-year-old loves baked beans she likes the bushes baked beans the most. For this recipe I used bigger beans I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I used white kidney beans, and presidents choice brand onion and whiskey barbeque sauce. I love the lemon in it, it really makes the dish. Since I was using bigger beans and like most dishes I make, I usually simmer things longer, by keeping an eye on it and adding more water when it evaporates. Because of this, it gets a nice sauce, and allows the flavours to really deep into the beans, creating the illusion of real long baked beans. I am pinning this on Pinterest. Will be making this at least once a week from now on. A new fav! Thank you!

  9. Very tasty quick vegetarian, low fat, low sodium baked beans!. If you haven't started reading the numbers on canned and frozen foods yet you better start NOW! Honestly, this took all of 2 minutes longer than just heating up a can of commercial baked beans. Thank you Samantha. Will be adding your website to my favorites!

  10. 4 stars
    These are good, especially for a “beans now!” kind of night. I did add some sautéed onions to begin. After tasting I added a bit of catsup too, but could definitely enjoy them without. I will be making them again, for sure.