A white and blue pan is full of baked beans. The beans are covered in chopped bacon and the dish has a jalapeno on top.
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4.58 from 7 votes

Baked Beans with a Kick

Sweet and Spicy, these Baked Beans are full of flavor and covered with bacon. Friends have called these the best baked beans they have ever had!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 522kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thick cut bacon or pepper bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced (your favorite color)
  • 3 jalapeno peppers with or without seeds diced – optional
  • 2 cans pork and beans 28oz (I used Van Camps) - keep cans upright so you can pour liquid off
  • ¾ cup sweet BBQ sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray's
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. black pepper coursely ground

Instructions

  • Adjust oven rack to just below the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F.
  • Dice onion, bell pepper and jalapenos. If you include the seeds of the jalapenos, beans will have more spice.
  • Cut bacon into pieces about ½” – 1” long. Stirring enough to make sure the bacon does not burn, fry over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet or other heavy frying pan until the bacon is about half way cooked. Do not discard bacon fat. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon chunks and pile on paper towels to drain.
  • Add the diced onion, bell pepper and jalapenos to the bacon grease in the frying pan. Continue to fry over medium-high heat stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes until the veggies have softened.
  • Meanwhile open the cans of beans and drain up to 1” of liquid off the top of each can. Pour the remainder of the beans and liquid into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, liquid smoke and black pepper. Add the veggies when they are done.
  • Gently fold the mixture together with a rubber spatula until it is thoroughly mixed. Pour it into a 9”x13” casserole dish or equivalent pan. Scatter the bacon over the top.
  • Bake 1-2 hours until the sauce is the thickness of syrup (cooking time is up to your personal taste). After baking let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Hot peppers - it is hard to judge how much jalapeno will make something spicy. Sometimes the peppers are spicier than usual. I find that three peppers with the seeds are not overly hot and most people can enjoy the mild heat. If you want super spicy beans you can dice up hotter peppers and add them.

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1201mg | Potassium: 782mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 3.8mg