Olde Settler Baked Beans

Olde Settler Baked Beans

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I’ve saved this recipe for ten years. It takes me back to a sunny Easter Sunday lunch surrounded by friends and church family on a green hillside in California. I remember kids running around, games of horseshoes, and these amazing baked beans. I immediately requested the recipe and the I’ve never met a pot of beans since that I liked better than these.

You’ll be excited to hear that this dish can be made on the stovetop, in the oven, or in the crockpot. It makes a nice big batch for a crowd and is easily doubled. It’s rustic and satisfying with big butter beans mixed with smoky bacon, hearty ground beef, and rich molasses. I hope you’ll make your own memories with this recipe.

Olde Settler Baked Beans


Yields: 8-10 side-dish sized servings

  • 3/4lb bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4lb ground beef
  • 3 (16oz) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 (16oz) cans butter beans, drained
  • 1/3c dark brown sugar
  • 1/4c ketchup
  • 1/4c barbecue sauce
  • 2T dijon mustard
  • 2T molasses
  • 1/2t chili powder
  • 1t salt
  • 1/2t pepper
  • 1c water

In a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon first, until browned and crisp. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon onto paper towels to drain. Add onions to the bacon grease and cook until opaque and golden, about 4 minutes. Remove to drain on paper towels with a slotted spoon. Then add beef to the pot and brown. Drain in a colander.

Return bacon, onions and beef to the pot over medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.

!For Stovetop: Cover and cook on low, simmering, for at least one hour.

!For Oven: Cover and bake at 275 for one hour.

!For Slow-Cooker: Transfer contents of pot to crock, cover, and cook on low for 2 hours.


Wow, and I always thought I did nor care too much for Baked Beans, but I can't wait to try this recipe this weekend. I am sure it will be one of my Easter Dinner spotlight dishes this year also. Thanks for reintroducing me to an exciting yummy Baked Beans recipe. Hopefully I can find a beautiful green dish to serve them in just like yours! Sherry in Florida


Yummy! They look so beautiful in your lovely pot. Makes me sentimental. Hope to enjoy another sunny hillside picnic again with you someday. If not here then in heaven :)


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