Summer Baked Beans
Granny’s Summer Baked Beans are packed with flavor, and they are so much more than just a hill of beans. But I have come to find out they are not the most photogenic dish in her recipe box. Flavor doesn’t photograph, which is unfortunate for these beans because I know that we eat with our eyes. And as I tried to capture these summery so-much-more-than baked beans, I was really having trouble capturing their beauty. But these babies aren’t running for prom queen. So let’s get past their aesthetic shortcomings and talk flavor.
Granny’s baked beans are originally from the recipe box of our intern (who really doesn’t get enough credit for her awesome abilities in the kitchen as we focus on Granny in our blog). Our mom made the recipe slightly differently than the version found in Granny’s recipe box. It calls for six cans of different types of beans, but the good news is you can choose your top six favorites. Don’t have six favorite types of beans? Who are you!? Double up on one and leave out another. No one will know the difference. What sets this recipe apart is the kielbasa and ground beef. You could probably use hot dogs, or bacon, or ground turkey. It’s your life, do what you want! The flavor won’t suffer. And a few ingredient swaps aren’t going to affect this one’s chances in the Miss America pageant.
This might be the most flavorful and memorable dish you will add to your recipe collection this summer. I make summer baked beans for dinner for our family and serve it with corn on the cob. I have also made it as a side dish for numerous bbqs. It feeds 20-30 people. You never again have to show up to a summer cookout with your hands hanging now that you have the perfect baked beans recipe. So don’t be superficial, looks aren’t everything, but these summer baked beans just might be!
Granny's easy Summer Baked Beans are full of delicious summery picnic flavors. You will be looking for excuses to make this one pot meal to show off your culinary genius!
- 1 16 oz can pork and beans (I used refried instead)
- 1 16 oz can kidney beans (I used black instead)
- 1 16 oz can chili beans
- 1 16 oz can green beans, drained
- 1 16 oz can yellow beans, drained (I used cannellini)
- 1 16 oz can lima beans, drained
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb kielbasa
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 c brown sugar (I only used 1/2 c and it was plenty)
- 1 c bbq sauce
- 1 t dry mustard
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large Dutch oven or skillet, brown the ground beef, kielbasa, and onions on the stove top. Drain grease.
Stir in tomato paste, brown sugar, bbq sauce, and dry mustard.
Remove from heat and place directly in oven. If you were using a skillet, transfer all ingredients to a large oven safe baking pan. Bake for one hour.
This dish can be frozen. Also, this is one of those dishes that tastes even better after everything has had time to rest and get its flavors all soaked together.