Homestyle Baked Beans

BY : PUBLISHED : April 28th, 2012 UPDATED: September 29th, 2022

From the authors: Feeling like a bit of comfort food on a cold night, we wanted to try something we’d never made before. On a lonely, forgotten page in an otherwise trusted, gourmet veggie cookbook, we found our inspiration: baked beans. How obvious!

Fans of the canned variety you’d find anywhere, we were excited to reclaim some of our traditional childhood fares and tweak the common, around-the-house ingredients into a meal side that we could also enjoy as a stand-alone snack. In no time, we had a killer dish that blows anything store-bought out of the water. Bring it to a hip potluck or your grandma’s Bridge game, and the result will be the same: success.

Homemade Flavor

Preparing your own homestyle baked beans at home means a bit more work than just opening a can, but I can assure you it also means more flavor. This doesn’t mean you should give up the convenience of using canned beans when you need to, but whenever you have the time and ambition, we recommend making your own. Freshly cooked baked beans are so good! Plus you can add as much spice as you’d like and omit things like sugar or salt if you prefer.

Canned Beans vs Cooked From Scratch?

In this recipe, we use canned beans. They are so convenient and affordable and reduce the cooking time significantly, but if you would like to save more money, you can always go the extra mile and buy dry beans to cook from scratch. You can get them at the bulk section of your favorite grocery store and cook them in a pressure cooker or in a traditional pot. You can cook up a large batch and use the rest for other meals later on in the week.

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Homestyle Baked Beans

Gina and Jeremy
If you love baked beans, then it only makes sense to try and make them yourself at home! This recipe is easy and customizable!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 to 4 servings
Calories 796 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or any cooking oil
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • For a spicy kick: ⅛ teaspoon or more cayenne optional
  • 1 15-ounce or 425 grams can of tomato puree
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 2 15-ounce or 425 grams cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare for awesomeness.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). In a saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until both are somewhat translucent and soft.
  • Add in the chili powder and cayenne (if you are using it) and cook for a few minutes. Add the tomato puree, brown sugar, molasses, white wine vinegar, and soy sauce, and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, add salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Let simmer for about 10 minutes, then add the beans and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Put the mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving, and garnish it with sliced green onion or parsley. Allow it to cool for further thickening.



In this recipe, we use canned beans. They are so convenient and affordable and reduce the cooking time significantly, but if you would like to save more money, you can always go the extra mile and buy dry beans to cook from scratch. 


Calories: 796kcalCarbohydrates: 150gProtein: 36gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 330mgPotassium: 3365mgFiber: 27gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 2334IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 437mgIron: 19mg
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Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.


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