THE BEST Southern Baked Beans

Southern baked beans! My FAVORITE summer side!! Made with ground beef. Super easy. So delicious. Always the first dish gone at a potluck.

Southern baked beans plated in a bowl

This is my mom’s recipe for baked beans. And no baked beans even come close to these. No restaurant’s or person’s even compare to these.

They are out of this world.

The best part is they are so easy.

Because it starts with a couple cans of Bush’s Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Baked Beans.

Then you doctor it up with ground beef, green bell peppers, onions, and brown sugar.

The baked beans get caramelized from the brown sugar. They can stand on their own thanks to the ground beef. And they get a zap of fresh flavor from the green peppers and onions.

You could probably try different brands of baked beans if you can’t find the Bush ones. But I’m not 100% sure how that would work. Because I have never tried a different brand.

Southern Baked beans served by the spoonful

What to serve with these southern baked beans:

You could bring these to literally any cookout.

Or make burgers with this burger seasoning. These beans + corn on the cob would make the best summer cookout meal. Oh and these ice cream sandwiches for dessert?!

These turkey burgers would also be amazing.

If you aren’t wanting to grill, serve it with these chicken tenders.

Southern Baked Beans

My FAVORITE summer side!! Made with ground beef. Super easy. So delicious. Always the first dish gone at a potluck.


2 (22 oz) cans Bush’s Southern Pit Barbecue Baked Beans

1/2 pound ground beef

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 small sweet onion, diced in small pieces – cooked

1 medium green bell pepper, diced in small pieces – cooked

1/4 cup ketchup

2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard



Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. I chop my ground beef when it is cooked so that the meat is in very small pieces. Set meat aside.

Chop onion and green bell pepper in very small pieces.

Cook onion and green bell pepper over medium heat with a Tablespoon of olive oil for 4-5 minutes.

In a 11×7-inch (9×9 inch will also work) baking dish combine the cooked ground beef, onion and green bell pepper with all remaining ingredients. Stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Bake for 45 minutes, stir the baked beans 1/2 way through the baking time.


You can double this and bake in a 9×13-inch baking dish! You could also add bacon if you prefer.

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