Potluck-Perfect Baked Bean Recipes

Complete your next tailgate, dinner party, or potluck with scrumptious baked beans. The hearty side dish is perfect to share year-round. These baked bean recipes have a taste for everyone, including light and sweet and bacon-packed versions.

Smoky Baked Beans

Who says you have to keep your barbecue favorites separate? This mouthwatering baked beans recipe combines classic beans with juicy pork shoulder (plus rich molasses!) for the ultimate mash-up of cookout favorites.

Best Baked Beans

What makes these baked beans the best? The super-simple recipe includes adaptations for flavors like barbecue and salsa, plus a slow cooker option.

Cheesy Italian Baked Beans

You've definitely never had baked beans like this before. Italian ingredients like garlic, tomatoes, and Parmesan and Fontina cheeses make this recipe unlike any other. This twist on classic baked beans will be right at home at a barbecue or an Italian feast. 

Saucepan Baked Beans

If you don't have time to bake beans but are still craving this rich side dish, try this shortcut recipe for "baked" beans. No one will ever guess that they're cooked on your stove top!

Spanish-Style Gigante Beans

Get your spoon ready to tackle these giant baked lima beans! Baked beans get a Spanish makeover in this recipe, thanks to grape tomatoes, roasted sweet peppers, and Marcona almonds.

Five-Bean Bake

If you're looking to update a classic, this baked bean recipe keeps the traditional ingredients, like molasses and brown sugar, and layers them over five types of beans. You'll have a quick side for any gathering with only 20 minutes of prep time,.

Ranch Beans with Peppered Bacon

We beefed up a traditional baked bean recipe with rich stout beer, peppered bacon, and fiery jalapeno. Classic seasonings like mustard and Worcestershire make sure this go-to side still tastes like Mom's.

Boston Baked Beans

The "Boston" in Boston baked beans comes from the molasses historically made there. True to its heritage, this recipe's navy beans are cooked to tender perfection in a sweet molasses sauce.

Ancho-Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Look out—these beans are hot! Dried ancho peppers and fresh jalapenos give this dish a big kick of fiery flavor. Adding brown sugar and molasses gives these baked beans the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Sweet-Spicy Baked Beans

A bottle of your favorite hot salsa is the ticket for a baked bean recipe that combines sweetness with a little heat. Add extra kick by swapping yellow mustard with a spicy brown variety.

Skillet White Beans

Three kinds of white beans—navy, butter, and garbanzo—give this side dish a light color and taste that's perfect for summer or fall. Garnish with fresh yellow and red tomatoes for even more appeal.

Baked Beans with Ham

Smoked Virginia ham is the perfect savory addition to classic baked beans. Serve this recipe with fresh slaw for a great flavor pairing. The vinegar in the slaw offsets the sweetness of the beans.

Baked Beans with Bacon

This delectable bean recipe serves up a double dose of bacon. Half goes in with the beans for a salty, savory flavor, and the other half is sprinkled on top for a crispy crunch.

Baked Butter Beans with Mustard

Flavored with fragrant rosemary, parsley, and fresh lemon, this recipe offers a light twist on baked beans. The mixed-in vegetable broth and sour cream make the beans extra tender.

Calico Beans

This colorful medley combines the flavors and textures of five different beans. And with a little chopped bacon, this baked bean recipe becomes irresistible.

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