8 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.

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Smoky Baked Beans

Deep & 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.

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Best Baked Beans

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.

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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.

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Spanish-Style Gigante Beans

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.

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Five-Bean Bake

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,.

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Ancho-Brown Sugar Baked Beans

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.

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Baked Beans with Ham

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.

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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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