Basic Baked Beans Recipe: Easy & Delicious!

6 ingredients is all you need to make this quick and easy Basic Baked Beans Recipe. An easy side dish recipe made with Bush’s Baked Beans that is perfect for a picnic!

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Basic Baked Beans Recipe

We all find pleasure and fulfillment in different things. That’s what makes the world go round. One thing that brings me great pleasure right now is when I can cook something for my Dad that puts a smile on his face. Believe it or not, this basic baked beans recipe is his favorite thing to eat…followed closely by a big helping of meatless spaghetti. Not in the same meal of course!

I made these savory beans for a family dinner recently, and my Dad was in heaven. They are easy, quick to throw together, and oh so good. The brown sugar adds just a hint of sweetness, and the addition of the cinnamon takes the taste of these beans to the next level. You will just have to try them and see what you think!

bush's baked beans with bacon

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A really easy way to cook this basic baked beans recipe is to use your trusty Crockpot. Just mix them up right in the stoneware insert, turn them on low, and let them slowly cook for 3 to 4 hours. After about an hour, the smell coming from that crockpot will be heavenly.

To bake these baked beans in the oven, a cast iron pot or dutch oven works best. You can also use a
9 x 13 baking dish.

Bush’s Baked Beans

I have never used anything but Bush’s baked beans to make this recipe. I’ve tried other brands, but I always go back to Bush’s because the canned beans don’t get mushy, yet they absorb the flavor of the add-ins. If you can’t find the original recipe variety, homestyle or country style are very good as well.

basic baked beans recipe in pan

With cook-outs and summer picnics happening, keep these beans in mind. They make a great side dish, they are perfect for potlucks, and they are a definite crowd-pleaser. Another really good summer side dish is my Pasta Salad.One of my family’s favorite meals is burgers, baked beans, pasta salad, and chips. If you aren’t a burger fan you can try my Easy Grilled Chicken. Either way, you can’t get much easier, or tastier, than that!

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basic baked beans recipe in pan

Basic Baked Beans

6 ingredients is all you need to make this quick and easy Basic Baked Beans Recipe. An easy recipe for summer barbecues or family picnics.
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5 from 5 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 cans Bush's Original Baked Beans 28 oz.
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon regular yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 4 strips bacon uncooked and cut into 1 inch pieces


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Open and drain extra liquid from cans of beans.
  • Combine beans, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and cinnamon in a casserole.
  • Drop bacon pieces on top of bean mixture.
  • Bake 45 minutes covered. Remove cover.
  • Bake an additional 15 minutes.
  • Stir and serve.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 524mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Tim Timba says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this bean recipe so often that I’ve memorized the recipe. They are REALLY good! I even like to eat the leftovers cold.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much for the rating! You are the best. XO

  2. My mother made beans almost like cinnamon but molasses instead. I make mine that way, too. Otherwise our recipe is just like yours. Brought a smile to my face this morning thinking of mom. I might just have to make some beans. Food triggers lots of fond memories of my mom and grandma. Love your blog, keep writing!

  3. Grammy Goodwill says:

    I’ve never tried cinnamon in my baked beans, but now I will. I also wonder if there are two kinds of people: thick or runny. I never drain my beans and prefer them with a “soupy” consistency.

  4. Nana Nancy says:

    My secret ingredient is to add two chopped tablespoons of salsa to Bush’s baked beans before cooking them. Men love them and the women ask for my secret ingredient.

  5. My mother made them this way too and she had to use Bush’s too! But she (or me now) never used cinnamon. I plan to make them this weekend and try the cinnamon. Thanks!

  6. Rebecca (Becky) Hackman says:

    I basically make my baked beans like you do and have added cinnamon for years and my family loves them. I have a six year old great grandson that is my biggest fan of my b. beans. I truly believe the cinnamon is the trick!

  7. Publix has the best baked beans in their deli with cinnamon in it too. Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  8. Gayle Kesinger says:

    Ann, this was a wonderful post. I am going to use the baked bean dish for the 4th of July. The baby shower idea would translate beautifully to other types of entertaining. I am keeping this post for the future. Many thanks.

  9. Charlotte says:

    Thanks Ann. I pinned the recipe so I can try is soon… looks delish

  10. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Looks great and printing the recipe!…Love, love baked beans!!

  11. I can almost taste them. So good. I’ll try the cinnamon addition next time.

  12. I am excited to try the cinnamon in my next batch of beans–I’d never heard of that before! That’s the great thing about blogs–you get to meet new people and get lots of great new ideas! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :-)

  13. Peggy Zortman says:

    Yum! We love baked beans and your recipe is right on time for Memorial Day cookout!

  14. thanks Ann. I will be making these! your recipes are just plain good … and simple! Thank you!

  15. Peggy Zortman says:

    Yum! We love baked beans and your recipe is just in time for Memorial Day cookouts! Thank you!

  16. Thanks for the recipe, mine never taste the same…now they will :) Pinning.

  17. yum! I make baked beans but use the dried beans and soak them, this eliminates two steps for sure, !! We love Bush Beans too!

  18. That picture is great, I can taste them already. I was wondering what to bring to a fish fry at church this Saturday. Now I know. That along with your Pasta Salad.

  19. Pamela Gordon says:

    What a great and easy way to make beans. I’ve never made them from ‘scratch’. lol Thanks for the recipe Ann! Have a great week. Pam

  20. My recipe is similar except I add chopped onion and diced green pepper. I’ve never added cinnamon. How does it make the beans taste? It sounds very interesting, I’m gonna have to try it with our next BBQ.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      The cinnamon adds the best flavor…it’s hard to describe. My daughter adds it to her chili and it’s amazing too!

  21. Nana Diana says:

    Sounds good to me! This family loves baked beans and I am so glad your Dad likes them. That makes baking them all worthwhile! xo Diana

  22. They sound delicious! We eat baked beans a lot in the summer. For years I’ve used a recipe that I found on the KC Masterpiece bottle. It’s so good! Isn’t it neat that we all have our favorites? I never would have thought of using cinnamon in baked beans.

  23. My recipe is close…I also add a bit of BBQ sauce! Oh and no bacon here!

  24. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    My baked bean recipe is almost the same. I don’t use cinnamon – that sounds interesting! And I add lots of chopped onions. I love summer foods!