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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 23rd of February 2021

Can you do these in the crock pot? Any special directions for that?

Shannon Green

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

@Rachel Ballard, Wow you guys reply quickly an I think that’s great! I’ll be using this site for now on. Keep up the great work Rachel ? if I may... Thx again!

Rachel Ballard

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

You could Lori. The liquid won't simmer down like they do in a pot though. I've never made these (nor do I make much of anything in a slow cooker) so it would be a guess, but 3 to 4 hours on low should do it. You should be able to keep the ingredient amounts the same. --Rachel


Monday 14th of December 2020

Do you cover the beans with foil when you put them in the oven?


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!