The BEST Baked Bean Recipe

Ready for the BEST Baked Bean recipe ever? I don’t blame you. This baked bean recipe is so delicious it will have you and your entire family wanting more. Plus, it is the perfect side dish for any occasion or get together.  

The BEST Baked Bean Recipe - Healthyish Foods

Growing up, we would eat these baked beans at almost every social gathering. They are tangy, tender, and perfectly sauced.

My Mom likes to brown ground beef and add it in. (If you do this, be sure to drain off the fat first.) Then, she would top the entire dish with crushed bacon. It was so tasty! 

I no longer eat red meat, so I am going to use chicken sausage links instead. However, you can add whatever protein you enjoy the most. Try hotdogs, chicken sausage, ground beef, or bacon to take this recipe to the next level. 

Looking for more delicious side dishes? Try my creamy plant based macaroni salad or my one pan crispy smashed potatoes.

What makes it Healthyish?

Beans are loaded with fiber, protein and antioxidants. Kidney beans have even shown to decrease the rise in blood pressure after a meal. (1) To make this meal vegan, simply use veggie stock vs. chicken stock. Also, use tempeh vs. sausage. 

The BEST Baked Bean Recipe - Healthyish Foods
The BEST Baked Bean Recipe - Healthyish Foods
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The BEST Baked Bean Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked beans


  • saute pan
  • colander


  • 1 cup diced sweet onion – yellow or white will work
  • 1 15.5 ounce can kidney beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.5 ounce can butter beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1 16-ounce can vegetarian baked beans – I used bush’s
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup chicken broth


  • Gently spray a large sauté pan with cooking spray. Add your diced onion. Let the onions sweat until they become translucent.
  • Then, add the drained and rinsed kidney beans, butter beans, and 1 can of the baked beans (with sauce). Add the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and chicken broth. Stir until well combined.
  • Let everything simmer over low heat on the stove top.
  • Option to add cooked protein of choice. I used pan seared chicken sausages.
  • You can serve this from the stovetop or bake it in a baking dish for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. I typically just let it simmer until the beans soften and serve it from the stovetop.
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!

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