How to Make Ground Beef Baked Beans

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Baked beans are a classic side dish appropriate for gatherings such as cookouts, pot lucks and family reunions as well as an everyday meal with the family. Beans are more than just delicious as they provide protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The addition of ground beef gives plain baked beans an interesting new texture and flavor and your diners will appreciate the extra effort to beef up the meal.

Things You'll Need

  • • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • • 1 pound ground beef
  • • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • • Large skillet
  • • Cooking spoon
  • • 2 15-ounce cans baked beans, any variety
  • • 1 tsp salt
  • • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • • 9 by 9 baking dish
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Place a large skillet on the stove and turn the burner to medium-high. Place 2 tbsp of butter or olive oil in the skillet and add 1 small, finely chopped onion. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Crumble 1 pound of ground beef into the skillet with the onions. Brown the beef for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir frequently and break the ground beef into smaller pieces with a spoon. When the beef is no longer pink, turn the burner off and drain the fat from the mixture. Return the mixture to the skillet.

  • Open two 15-ounce cans of your favorite variety of baked beans and add them to the skillet, undrained. Stir the beans into the meat and onion mixture and add 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Stir once more to combine.

  • Pour the beef and bean mixture into the baking dish and place into the preheated oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until thick and bubbly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any variety of canned baked beans can be used for this recipe.
  • It is important that the oven is preheated to ensure more even cooking and accurate baking time.

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