Jazzed Up Baked Beans

jazzed up baked beans on Cookin' Mimi

This is my go to side dish for summer cook outs. Homemade flavor without a ton of time, money, or effort. Because honestly, isn’t the grilled food really the star of any cook out?

For any vegetarians out there this just as good with the vegetarian baked beans and omitting the bacon or ground beef. Just cook the onions in a bit of oil and continue on with the recipe.

These would be a fabulous side dish served along jalapeno bacon cheeseburgers or green chile cheeseburgers.

Jazzed Up Baked Beans

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Micha M


  • 1 28 ounce can baked beans
  • 2 slices bacon or
  • 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar maple syrup or molasses
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • To taste black pepper


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat cook the bacon until crisp or ground beef until browned. Remove bacon if using. Add onions, sauté until tender.
  2. Add baked beans, sugar, barbecue sauce and black pepper. Heat thoroughly. Crumble bacon and add if used.


  1. Excellent recipe! I need to e-mail this to my MIL. She brought baked beans for Memorial Day – out of a can. Not even Bush’s. Can you imagine!! LOL!! She needs this recipe. I’ve been known to make my own from scratch, but I need a good “cheater” when I’m stressed and screaming at everyone!! LOL!!



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