15 Things to Do with a Can of Baked Beans
Getting bored with the basics? Check out these baked beans recipes that help you add more to this BBQ classic.
Barbecue Chicken Tostadas
Lots of my recipes start out as fun ways to use leftovers—like this one! My kids love tostadas, so this day-after-cookout dinner was a big hit. —Lauren Wyler, Dripping Springs, Texas. Try some of these delicious grill ideas while you’re at it.
Baked Bean Chili
Who says a good chili has to simmer all day? This zippy chili—with a touch of sweetness from the baked beans—can be made on the spur of the moment. It’s an excellent standby when unexpected guests drop in. Served with bread and a salad, it’s a hearty dinner everyone raves about.
Sweet N Sour Beans
This recipe is popular on both sides of the border. It came from a friend in Alaska, then traveled with me to old Mexico, where I lived for five years and is now a potluck favorite in my Arkansas community. It’s easy to keep the beans warm and serve from a slow cooker. —Barbara Short, Mena, Arkansas. Here are some genius ways to use up leftover food.
New England Bean & Bog Cassoulet
When I moved to New England, I embraced the local cuisine. My cassoulet with baked beans pays tribute to a French classic and to New England in one hearty, heartwarming dish. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut
This hearty dish is quick and easy to fix after a busy workday. We like to use hickory and bacon baked beans and serve it with fruit or a green salad for a complete meal. —Karen Roberts, Lawrence, Kansas. Take a look at these other easy Mexican snacks and appetizers anyone can make.
Ham and Bean Stew
You only need five ingredients to fix this thick and flavorful stew. It’s so easy to make and always a favorite with my family. I top bowls of it with a sprinkling of shredded cheese. —Teresa D’Amato, East Granby, Connecticut
Pineapple Baked Beans
Sweet and tangy pineapple dresses up these hearty baked beans. Brown the beef while you open cans and chop the vegetables, and it won’t take long to get this ready for the slow cooker. —Gladys De Boer, Castleford, Idaho. Pair this dish with one of these perfect summer salads.
Chuck Wagon Tortilla Stack
Piling on loads of hearty flavor at mealtime is easy when I roll out this skillet specialty. I layer the meat mixture with tortillas in a deep skillet and let it simmer a little longer. It’s easy to cut and spoon out of the pan. —Bernice Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans
This recipe is a hit with guests and family. It’s sweet, simple, and delicious, and someone always asks for the recipe. —Elliot Wesen, Arlington, Texas. You won’t want to miss these homemade BBQ sauce recipes, either.
Western-Style Beef and Beans
This hearty, crowd-pleasing dish is a comforting meal on a chilly night with bread and a salad. It also makes a delicious side dish. It doesn’t take long to make but tastes like it simmered all day. —Jolene Lopez, Wichita, Kansas. Find out the best slow cooker recipes from each state.
Simple Maple Baked Beans
I came up with this recipe in a pinch after running out of baked beans at our oldest daughter’s birthday party. I dressed up canned beans with maple syrup and a few other ingredients to produce this sweet, saucy version that tastes like homemade. They’re so easy to fix that I rarely make baked beans from scratch anymore.
Hot Dog Pie
A co-worker who loves hot dogs shared this recipe with me. Baked in a purchased pastry shell, the pie is easy to assemble and is on the table in just 30 minutes. —Amy Bullis, Henryville, Pennsylvania. Next, check out these summer slow cooker recipes for the easiest dinners.