3 Bean Baked Beans

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 Just 8 ingredients make up this 3 Bean Baked Beans casserole. It’s a perfect side dish recipe for your picnic or potluck. Use maple bacon for extra flavor!

a spoon scooping up baked bean casserole with 3 beans

Do you see bacon and brown sugar? I do. 😋  You’ll fall head over heels for this old fashioned 3 Bean Baked Beans recipe with maple bacon and a sprinkling of brown sugar.

I adapted this Homemade Three Bean Baked Beans recipe from an old Mennonite church cookbook from a church in Berlin, Ohio. Amish country.  A peaceful, hilly country with all kinds of fabulous food. Including church window cookies. 🤤

Learning how to make baked beans at home is simple. Fry a pound of bacon. Mix together the ingredients and bake. Perfect for lazy summer days and alllll the family picnics!

What are the 3 beans in baked beans?

For this recipe, the three beans are butter beans, great northern beans and a can of pork ‘n beans. Switch it up if you’d like and use lima beans and red or white kidney beans like our Calico Beans. The choice is yours!

Drain and rinse the butter beans and great northern beans. For the pork ‘n beans, simply drain the liquid off the top of the can and leave the other smooth tomato sauce.

Ingredients Needed

You’ll only need 8 ingredients, many of which are pantry staples. See the recipe card below for full amounts.

ingredients for 3 bean baked beans on a table

Make 3 Bean Baked Beans in 4 Steps

  • Fry the bacon in a large skillet until it is crisp, drain off any fat on paper towels, and then crumble it into small pieces. Divide the bacon in half and set aside. 
cooked bacon on a paper towel
  1. In a medium size bowl, combine the 3 cans of beans, half of the bacon, ketchup, brown sugar, onions and mustard. Mix well. 
  2. Pour the bean mixture into an 8×8″ baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining bacon on top of the beans. Sprinkle with additional 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar. 
  3. Bake in a 350ºF preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until it is bubbly throughout.
overhead view of 3 bean casserole

Recipe Variations

  • Add extra spices: black pepper, chili powder, or for heat, cayenne pepper!
  • Swap ½ cup of ketchup for barbecue sauce for bbq baked beans.
  • Add ½ pound of cooked and crumbled ground beef or sausage for even more protein.
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Make it a meal.

Baked beans are always good with homemade burgers and hot dogs or brats, but what about when you want something a little different?

closeup of 3 bean baked bean casserole
closeup of 3 bean baked bean casserole

3 Bean Baked Beans

4.65 from 17 votes
 Just 8 ingredients make up this 3 Bean Baked Beans casserole. It's a perfect side dish recipe for your picnic or potluck. Use maple bacon for extra flavor!
Servings 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound sliced bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 16 ounces butter beans 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • 15.5 ounces great northern beans 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • 16 ounces pork ‘n beans 1 can, liquid drained off the top
  • 1 cup ketchup 240 grams
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 105 grams
  • 1 medium white onion diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard 5 grams
  • Additional 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Fry the bacon, drain off any fat, and then crumble it into small pieces. Divide the bacon in half and set aside. 1 pound sliced bacon
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine the 3 cans of beans, half of the bacon, ketchup, brown sugar, onions and mustard. Mix well. 16 ounces butter beans, 15.5 ounces great northern beans, 16 ounces pork ‘n beans, 1 cup ketchup, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 medium white onion, 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Pour the bean mixture into an 8×8" baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining bacon on top of the beans. Sprinkle with additional 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar. Additional 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until it is bubbly throughout.

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Notes

Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 8, with 1 serving being ⅛ of the beans. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. **

Nutrition

Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 896mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 515
Keyword bean recipe, easy side dish recipe, picnic food
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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Vicki
3 years ago

5 stars
Delish bean dish! I’ve made it for BBQ potlucks and it is always a hit.

Kent
8 years ago

Q: What’s your favorite picnic side dish?
A: Desert! ^_~

Oh, an actual side item would be potato salad

Julie Evink
8 years ago

I’m always snitching pieces of bacon when I cook with it! This looks so awesome for a picnic this summer!