Baked Beans with Ground Beef


Upgrade baked beans from a classic side dish to a meaty main meal by adding lean ground beef. The final result, a hearty casserole, is an easy and fast dinner option.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 servings

What Type of Beans Can Be Used?

For this recipe, we use canned no-salt-added navy beans. Navy beans are small oval beans that are white in color, with a smooth texture and delicate mild flavor. Canned navy beans are already cooked, making this a quick and convenient recipe for a weeknight dinner. You can also use dried navy beans, but you will need to soak them before cooking.

Can I Substitute Ingredients?

We use lean ground beef for this recipe, but ground turkey or ground sausage would work nicely in this dish. Just watch the sodium.

Molasses is a dark sweet syrup made from sugarcane with a rich robust flavor. If you can't find molasses, you can use maple syrup or honey instead.

How to Store Baked Beans with Ground Beef

This dish can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave on High until warm.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 15-ounce cans no-salt-added navy beans, rinsed

  • 1 cup water

  • ¾ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and ground beef. Cook, stirring and crumbling beef with a wooden spoon, until the onion has softened and the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add beans, water, ketchup, molasses, mustard, garlic powder and salt; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until the mixture is bubbling and slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Garnish with chives, if desired.


Large saucepan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

346 Calories
10g Fat
41g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 346
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 18g
Added Sugars 16g 32%
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Vitamin A 227IU 5%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Folate 45mcg 11%
Sodium 525mg 23%
Calcium 129mg 10%
Iron 4mg 24%
Magnesium 115mg 27%
Potassium 870mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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