Ground Beef and Baked Beans Casserole

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Ground Beef and Baked Beans Casserole

By Jamie and Bobby Deen

Sometimes the best recipes just happen by accident. Our Ground Beef and Baked Beans Casserole is one of those…a delicious accident!

Y’all, we had ourselves a backyard BBQ a number of years ago and just about all the ingredients in this recipe were leftovers from that party. We threw them all together in a casserole dish the next day, topped it with some bacon and “Boom Goes The Dynamite”...a new Deen Brother’s classic! Truth be told, there might have been a splash or two of the champagne of beers in the original casserole!

Ground Beef and Baked Beans Casserole


Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
2 large onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
1 pound ground beef
2 15-ounce cans Boston-style baked beans
2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped (1 cup)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 slices bacon


Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion; cook about 5 minutes or until softened. Add the beef; cook about 10 minutes or until brown, breaking meat up with a fork as it cooks.

In a large bowl, combine the beef mixture with the remaining ingredients except the bacon; mix well. Pour beef mixture into the prepared casserole; arrange the bacon slices on top. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake about 45 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Uncover dish and preheat broiler. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.

Servings: 8 to 10
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Difficulty: Easy

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By Patricia Neal on July 12, 2013


LOL. I see that many folks have been making this dish with different names. We called it: Girl Scout Stew. Delicious.

By D Grimes on February 03, 2013


Great beans

By crystal on May 21, 2012


We call the recipe calico beans.Love it.

By freda keller on August 31, 2011


Been to Lady and Sons many times. Have seen Bobby there. Wish I could know when Paula will be there. What a treat to see her in person. Even had to resort to a picture with a cardboard cut out..... How sad. You friend, Joann Bright.

By Joann on August 29, 2011


Delish! A huge hit with the kids and my husband!

By Anonymous on August 29, 2011


By raye on August 29, 2011


I make one very much like this but with bisquits and cheese on top and has been one of my husbands favorites. will have to try this one with the bacon and see which he likes better. He is a bean and bread man so we'll see.

By diane clapsaddle on August 29, 2011


Paula I have used a recipe for years similar to this called Easy Baked Beans.My best friend gave it to me after I got married 30years ago.Try it like this sometime your family will love it - I cannot tell you how many people have requested the recipe.The longer it sits in fridge the better it is, for a party I make it the day before and reheat. Easy Baked Beans 2lbs. pork & beans(1 large can of Bush's works well) 1/2 lb. bacon - cut into small strips 2 cans stewed tomatoes-do not drain and cut up tomatoes 1 cup brown sugar 1 lb. burger 1 small onion,chopped 3/4 tsp.chili powder 1 tsp celery salt. Brown burger, add bacon and onions cook 10 minutes - drain. Add all remaining ingredients in large bowl add burger,bacon mixture mix well and pour into large casserole dish (spray dish with cooking spray). Bake 3 hrs. at 250 degrees. The longer it bakes the thicker it will become but keep temp low, if you want them looser cook less time.

By Barbara Hall on August 29, 2011


I make a similar recipe with a lil BBQ and worstershire layered between flour tortilla topped with cheese instead of it texmex's yummy

By lori on August 29, 2011


we have been eating that for years we called them cowboy beans to get my son to eat them plus raising a son by myself it was a great way to stretch hamburger meat thanks

By debbie carson on August 29, 2011


My mother-in-Law has been doing her baked beans like this forever. She adds ground beef and the brown sugar the bacon and all.with all due respect guys it's not an original.

By Melissa on August 29, 2011


this is a old classic. i have done this recipe for years as it is a cheep dinner with 3 growing boys. only thing i did different is add the bacon to the meat/onion mix. and top with corn bread. and if i was real broke just used bacon grease to cook the onion and hamburger.

By charlene on August 27, 2011


Tried this tonight over mashed potatoes. My bunch loves it!! I did add ketchup to make it sweeter.

By Carla on August 09, 2011


I'm going to try this recipe. It sounds delicious. I made your Sausage Sauerkraut Soup the other day and my husband loves it. I made it twice in a 6 quart crock pot and he has eaten every last morsel. Thank you. It's a big hit at our house.

By Vicki Trefry on February 15, 2011



By PATRICIA CLARK on February 04, 2011

I will try this recipe soon it sounds so good

By Travis Pike on October 22, 2010

I am having an open house for about 50 people at Christmas time.  I want to have fried turkey, but I want to do the messy work the day before. How do I re-heat the turkey the following day & keep the turkey from drying out?
Hope you can help me as this is my 25th open house

By Joyce Cook on August 27, 2010

Hey yall,
  Just wanted to say that I made this dish the other night for dinner with some mashed potatoes and let me say this there was no left overs to put up. This was Delicious!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipies with everyone. smile

By Deatra on August 16, 2010

Actually, I have to admit that I’ve used this recipe (or my own similar) for yrs & we call it Cowboy Casserole.  It is awesome & my husband’s favorite!  You can never go wrong with this one.

By Sharon on August 15, 2010

great recipe, think Jaime and Bobby would go great with it as dessert~

By kim on August 14, 2010

My daughter makes and gave me her recipe for ‘Beef and Beans’.  It’s almost the same as this but instead of putting it in a casserole she puts it in a crock pot and lets it cook on low all day.  Don’t have to worry about it and it’s ready when she gets home from work.
  Thanks for sharing your recipes on line.
  Love you on TV also… You are my kink of gal!!! wink
  Joann Byrd

By Joann Byrd on August 13, 2010

I also make a version of the baked beans with ground beef.  I use vegetarian beans, dark red kidney beans, green bell pepper and catsup instead of tomatoes.  Also, a little lemon juice livens up the flavor!!  No bacon - for my Jewish friends!

By Janet Harvey on August 12, 2010

Paula, I just saw your ground beef and baked beans, I have one a little bit better, I use about 2 to 3 onions and slice them with my ground meat [the better the meat theless grease] when the meat is done the I take 2 cans of kidney beans 2 cans of red beans 2 cans of pinto beans and if thats not enough you can add ,2 cans of pork and beans , you can use any kind of beans you like, just heat and serve with some cornbread and coleslaw, your lips won’t know what hit them.  Have a good day , thes also make a big pot for picnic company.

By Yvonne Cornwell on August 12, 2010

Hey Paula, this is so similiar to my recipe that I have been making for years, my boys request this every time they come home for a meal, I don’t use tomatoes, I use ketchup, regular mustard, worchestershire, green peppers, no bacon. Sometimes I even take a box of jiffy corn muffin mix, mix it up and spread it on top…my husband likes that the best.

By Stella Goff on August 12, 2010

My husband has made this dish for yrs.  He always adds green or red bell peppers and puts the bacon in the dish.  He call it his campfire beans as he used to make it with venison when they would go hunting.  Love you, your show, and your family!!  Would love to meet and eat with you someday, so ya’ll come see us down here.  Terrie

By Terrie on August 12, 2010

I have also made this for years, My son Logan named this one “Belly beans” and when he was about 4 even had the belly bean dance too.. lol he is now 19 and still love’s the Belly beans, but go figure he gave up the Belly bean dance.
Make’s me smile thinking about it. I havent made this for a while, thank’s for sharing .. and bringing on a great kitchen memory with my son.. loves

By Christine Siepelmeyer on August 12, 2010

My grandmother, mom and I have all made a similiar version of this, we just never named it anything but baked beans. If we didn’t have bbq sauce to mix in we add liquid smoke and ketchsup then added more brown sugar. We love it sweet.

By Marsha Mason on August 11, 2010

My wife makes a recipe almost exactly like this, but instead of ground beef, she uses sausage and no bacon.  It is the best!

By John on August 11, 2010

I have made this for years, but I put biscuits on top and call it Beef, Been & Biscuit Bake.  Kids love it.  I think Paula & I are twins seperated at birth !!  Saw her in Dallas last year, and we have soooo much in common !!

By Cheryl Eary on August 11, 2010

Dear Paula Deen,
I am 10/yrs old and I love your recipes they are the best. I love to cook your recipes I have twin sisters named Kiyomi and Akia and my older sister named Autumn. I have been begging my mom to make your wonderfull pinaple up side down cake!I think i am going to make it right now(your recipe of course):) :p

By LAUREN on August 11, 2010

I"ve Used this base for many years, but have always added beer to the beef when browning the meat. Mustard & BB Que sauce & bell Pepper diced. Really is good.

By Sandra Bates on August 11, 2010

hi, I can’t wait to try this recipe this week-end, i was blessed to come to Savannah and eat at your restaurant, what a great week-end. You and your storybook life are so blessed, and your family isn’t bad to look at=thanks for sharing with everyone

By Jeannie roman on August 11, 2010

I make something like this all the time. I call it cowboy beans. My family loves it with a salad.

By Elizabeth Strickland on August 11, 2010

My mother started making this dish years ago when I was a young girl.  It was always my favorite dish even after I grew up and moved away from home.  Whenever I was getting ready for a visit home, my mom would ask me what I wanted her to cook for me while I was there.  I always said ground beef and baked beans and second was her cheese biscuits.  Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory!

By Natalie Militti on August 11, 2010

Lordy you all come up with the best recipes, I enjoy your show and your family thanks for sharing them both !!!

By Linda Risner on August 11, 2010

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