5-Bean Baked Beans – For the serious bean lover

A classic side dish to BBQ is and will always be baked beans. There are many ways to make them; some include a bit of brisket, others bacon, some just one kind of beans, others many. There’s no wrong way to make baked beans although just opening up a can of baked beans from the supermarket will never cut it in this house.

Although I may seem like the ultimate cook who has control over everything in my kitchen, there are indeed times when my recipes don’t turn out quite as I would have liked. I made a version of these beans a couple weeks ago when Stefan’s parents were visiting because I wanted to try out the recipe. They were great and received approval to be served at our Lanternfest feast. But this time around, I used 5 different kinds of beans as the recipe calls for. In case you’re reading this in Germany and want to try this recipe, here’s what the beans are called:

  • Pinto beans – “wachtal Bohnen”
  • great Northern – “grosse weiße Bohnen”
  • baked beans – “baked beans” :) or “weiße Bohnen in Tomatensauce”
  • red kidney beans – “rote kidneybohnen”
  • garbanzo beans – “Kichererbse” (which are also used to make your own hummus)

I’ve never seen pinto beans in a can here so I used dried ones (which also aren’t all that easy to find.) Unfortunately I should either have soaked them longer or cooked them before adding them to the casserole dish that went into the oven. I just thought that baking them for an hour at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) would be cooking them long enough. Oh well, next time I know. They weren’t inedible, just a bit crunchier that I would have liked.

And can someone explain to me why bacon here doesn’t produce very much grease? How am I ever supposed to make a decent pot of refried beans if I don’t get some decent bacon lard for flavor? Maybe someone can mail me some in a coffee can…

5-Bean Baked Beans

Serving Size: 8

The perfect side dish to BBQ, these baked beans are not your usual straight-out-of-the-can beans. Packed with flavor and bite, these beans are sure to be a hit.


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) can great Northern beans, drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) can baked beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings, crumble and set aside in a large bowl. Cook the onion and garlic in the reserved drippings until onion is tender; drain excess grease and transfer to the bowl with the bacon.
  3. To the bacon and onions add pinto beans, northern beans, baked beans, kidney beans and garbanzo beans. Stir in ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and black pepper. Mix well and transfer to a 9x12 inch casserole dish.
  4. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.


  1. Aunt Katie says

    Is that a hint? Cause thats gonna be alot of Bacon makin :) How would customs feel about that?

    “Do you have any liquid, or perishable goods in this package?”

    “Well.. I don’t think it perishes, and its only liquid sometimes…”

    “Mamm’ I’m not working to figure out riddles”

    “Its bacon grease”

    “Its what?”

    “B-A-C-O-N G-R-E-A-S-E”

    “Are you out of your friggin mind? You want to send THAT to Germany?”

    “Tiffany asked for it for her re fried beans”

    “Get out of my line.”

    • Tiffany says

      I would kill to be a fly on the wall when that conversation happens. Maybe you can just go and try it, video tape it for me and then we’ll have some good laughs about it :)

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