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How to make canned baked beans taste homemade

Do you know how to make canned baked beans taste homemade? It’s one of the easiest adjustments to a store bought side dish you can make and a secret you can keep or share–no one will ever know.

a skillet of baked beans with bacon slices on top

This feels wickedly unfair. Because it’s not really a recipe to me–but I know what the reality is:

I’m not making baked beans from scratch and neither are you. 

But we can make those canned baked means taste more like homemade and fool your guests without a lot of fuss. In fact, I do it with only three simple ingredients and a few minutes in the oven.

I used ketchup, mustard and brown sugar in these canned baked beans–but you could also add a dab of barbecue sauce if you wanted to– and the bacon on the top is totally optional as well. I just think it makes things look and taste like your sneaky side dish never saw the inside of a can.

A skillet of baked beans with dollops of mustard, ketchup and brown sugar before being stirred together

 How to cook canned baked beans

That’s simple. You can use any oven proof dish you like and mix your canned baked beans right in there. Then bake until they are hot all the way through and bubbling around the edges.

As they cook the baked beans will thicken and get a little sticky crust around the edges–that makes them look like they’ve had ages in the oven doing their thing.

You can heat them just in a pot on the stove, but–meh–not as good. Do give them 20 minutes in the oven and it will be worth it.

What to serve with canned baked beans

The sky is the limit here–but grilled food and summer treats should always be on hand when you have baked beans. That means vinegar bbq chicken, tangy broccoli salad, and a big glass of homemade lemonade could round out your meal.

a skillet of baked beans with bacon slices on top

How to make canned baked beans taste homemade

Canned baked beans get a flavor boost and taste a little more like homemade with these simple ingredients. Is it still cheating even if it tastes good? Never! 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard


  • 1 28 ounce can baked beans I like Bush’s Homestyle
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 slices bacon optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • In a 9-inch oven proof skillet or 2.5 quart baking dish, mix the beans, brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. 
  • Top with the bacon slices if you are using it and bake until bubbling around the edges and hot in the center–about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm. 


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Mmmmm! Yum, thanks yall


Monday 12th of October 2020

Just like my mom's recipe! Delicious and so easy and uncomplicated.

Bev Mallett

Friday 14th of August 2020

Trying this tomorrow. It’s sounds Devine. I’m using the pre-cooked bacon and a few chopped onions!


Friday 31st of July 2020

I'm cooking something else at 350 - if I cook these at the same time how much time would you add? I obviously have zero experience cooking and need help!

Rachel Ballard

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

I'd say I'm late answering this Brandee, but just stick 'em in the oven till they are bubbling and hot in the center. Everything is already cooked so you're just heating them up. :) Welcome to cooking! --Rachel


Sunday 19th of July 2020

To double the recipe do you just double all the ingredients or not quite double everything? Some recipes say don’t double just add half of a second batch of ingredients. If that makes sense.

Rachel Ballard

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Yes Tiffany I'd just double it up! --Rachel