Three Bean Baked Beans

Looking to add some serious flavor to your next meal? Look no further than my Three Bean Baked Beans recipe! This dish is slow-cooked to perfection, resulting in a rich, smoky flavor that will level up your backyard BBQ game.

Why You’ll Love Three Bean Baked Beans

  • Slow-Cooked Goodness: There’s nothing quite like the rich, hearty flavor of slow-cooked beans.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or just craving some comfort food, these baked beans are always a hit.
  • Easy to Make: With just a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can whip up a batch of these delicious beans in no time.
  • Versatile: Serve them as a side dish at your next cookout or enjoy them as a main course with some cornbread on the side.
  • Crowd Pleaser: These baked beans are sure to be a hit with friends and family alike, so be prepared to make extra!

Ingredients Needed To Make Three Bean Baked Beans

  • Dried great northern beans
  • Dried kidney beans
  • Dried lima beans
  • Onion
  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Dry mustard
  • Smoked paprika
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Apple juice
  • Water
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Liquid smoke
  • Black pepper
  • Ground pork

How To Make Three Bean Baked Beans

  1. Soak the dried beans overnight in the refrigerator.
  1. Preheat the oven and cook the ground pork and onions in a Dutch oven.
  1. Add all remaining ingredients to the pot and fill with water.
  2. Bake covered for 4-5 hours, then remove the lid and cook for an additional 30 minutes until the liquid thickens.

Variations & Substitutions

  • Add diced bacon for an extra layer of smokiness.
  • Experiment with different bean varieties like black beans or navy beans.
  • For a spicier kick, add a dash of hot sauce or chili powder.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use canned beans instead of dried?

While you can use canned beans, the flavor and texture may differ. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Yes, simply omit the ground pork and adjust the seasonings to your taste.

Can I substitute another type of vinegar for apple cider vinegar?

Yes, white or red wine vinegar can be substituted, but it will alter the flavor slightly.

How long do I store and reheat Three Bean Baked Beans?

After cooking, store your three bean baked beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply scoop out the desired amount into a microwave-safe dish and heat in the microwave until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat them on the stovetop in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated to your liking. Remember to add a splash of water or broth if the beans appear too dry while reheating.

Three Bean Baked Beans

Dive into this rich, smoky flavor of my Three Bean Baked Beans. This is some slow cooked goodness!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Three Bean Baked Beans
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Soaking Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 17 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 356kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Dutch Oven
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried great northern beans soaked overnight
  • 1 cup dried kidney beans soaked for 4 hours
  • 1 cup dried lima beans soaked for 4 hours
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb ground pork

Instructions

Soak Beans

  • Soak great northern beans overnight in the refrigerator (at least 10 hours).
  • Soak kidney and lima beans for 4 hours.

Preheat & Cook Pork

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the ground pork and onions.

Combine Ingredients

  • Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot.
  • Fill with water until the liquids are 3 inches above the beans.

Bake

  • Place the covered Dutch oven in the oven at 300 degrees for 4-5 hours.
  • Check the beans; once they are tender, remove the lid and cook for an additional 30 minutes until the liquid thickens.

Notes

Tips
  • Check Beans at 2 Hours: If the beans soak up water and are not tender, add 2 cups of water.
  • Check Tenderness: Towards the end of baking, check the tenderness of all three beans. If they are not tender, add 1 cup of water, mix well, and place the lid back on until tender. Then proceed to remove the lid for the final step.
Variations
  • Add diced bacon for an extra layer of smokiness.
  • Experiment with different bean varieties like black beans or navy beans.
  • For a spicier kick, add a dash of hot sauce or chili powder.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 934mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 4mg
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