Mixed Baked Beans

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Three different types of beans go into this delicious Mixed Baked Beans recipe seasoned with bacon. It’s a perfect side dish for barbecues and picnics!

My sweet father-in-law celebrated his 80th birthday this week and we managed to pull off a surprise birthday party over the weekend for a few of his friends and family. I kept the menu simple by serving pulled pork barbecue from DeadEnd BBQ (our favorite local BBQ place!) along with my Mexican Cornbread MuffinsTangy Cole Slaw, and these tasty Mixed Baked Beans, which feature a mixture of three beans, sweet onion, and plenty of bacon. Yum!

A group of people posing for a photo

That’s the birthday boy in the party hat, my father-in-law Cecil. He always calls me his “favorite” daughter-in-law and I always joke back that I’m not sure that’s much of a compliment since I’m his “only” daughter-in-law. He’s been a great influence in my life since I joined the family as I know he has been in the lives of the rest of our clan, his friends, and in his church. We’re blessed to call him our Dad.

baked beans with spoon

Every barbecue plate needs a side of baked beans, right? What makes these beans special is that they are made with three different beans: the traditional pork and beans, red kidney beans, and baby lima beans. That’s right. Lima beans! Adding in lots of bacon and plenty of sweet onion — sautéed in the bacon fat, of course! — make this side dish extra delicious! Be sure to drain the cans of beans so that when they bake up the sauce will get a little thicker.

mixed baked beans on white plate

I guarantee you’ll want to try this version of baked beans at your next barbecue or picnic. They’re easy to prepare and the recipe can also be easily doubled for larger groups. It also reheats really well. Happy Birthday, Cecil!

mixed baked beans on white plate

Mixed Baked Beans

Three different beans go into this delicious Mixed Baked Beans recipe — perfect for barbecues and picnics!
3.83 from 52 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Vegetables & Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 345 kcal


  • ½ lb. bacon fried crisp and crumbled
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 1 16-oz. can pork and beans drained
  • 1 16-oz. can red kidney beans drained
  • 1 16-oz. can baby lima beans drained
  • cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon and crumble.
  • Saute onions in 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon drippings until tender.
  • Combine onion, bacon, beans, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl until mixed. Pour into a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish.
  • Cover and bake for 45 minutes.


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Serving: 1gCalories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 18gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 934mgFiber: 8gSugar: 15g

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Keyword bacon, baked beans
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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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  1. I love an easy side dish especially for parties and potlucks! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  2. Your father-in-law is just adorable! And those baked beans… I can just imagine the smell and taste!

  3. How fun – hope you had a great celebration! Looks like the meal was something special to enjoy! I love that you used a variety of beans and the seasonings (and bacon) sound great!

  4. Baked beans and bbq go hand in hand. I love the mixture of beans you used in your recipe. Can’t wait to give your version a try when we bbq next.

  5. I love baked beans, actually just posted a similar recipe on my blog. Your recipe looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing, PINNED!!

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