Three Bean Baked Beans

EASY baked beans recipe with kidney, black, and cannellini beans, baked with bacon in a molasses-based sauce

  • Prep time: 7 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound sliced bacon
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoons dry thyme)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 Cook and crumble the bacon: Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until browned and crisp. Remove bacon and place on paper towels to soak up excess fat. Crumble up the bacon and set aside.

3 Sauté the onions: Remove all but a tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the pot. Add the chopped onions and cook on medium high heat until translucent, about 5 minutes.

4 Add the rest of the ingredients: Sprinkle the onions with dry mustard and thyme. Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, molasses, bay leaf, beans, Tabasco, and water. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5 Cover and bake: Cover the pot and put into a 350°F oven. Bake for 1 hour, checking every 15 minutes to stir and add more water if needed. Stir in the bacon the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Alternatively, cook in a slow cooker 4 hours on high, or 8 on low.

Discard bay leaf before serving.