Certain dishes just scream summer. Potato salad, watermelon, barbecued chicken … and baked beans, of course! It wouldn’t be summer without ‘em, and I think that’s why the food holiday gods must have picked July to be National Baked Bean Month.
It also makes for perfect timing with the 4th of July – which is centered around backyard barbecues and all of those famous summer party foods.
Now, one thing I love about baked beans is that you can very easily doctor-up store-bought or canned baked beans for a shortcut homemade side dish everyone will love. A little of this, a little of that – and you can make ‘em your own!
Easy Ingredients You Can Add to Canned Baked Beans:
- Brown sugar
- Maple syrup
- Chopped onion
- Chipotle chiles
- Hot sauce
- Pickled jalapenos
Try adding any of these ingredients to taste. Have fun with it! Or, if you’d rather follow a recipe, we’ve got some great ideas for you to try. All of these recipes start with canned baked beans:
Backyard Bean Bake (shown above) – You’ll love the crunchy fried onion topping!
Franks ‘n’ Beans Bread Bowls – Make a meal out of your beans with this fun idea the kids will love.
Hillbilly Baked Beans – Our meatiest version to date! Ground beef makes this recipe extra-filling.
Better Baked Beans (shown on right) – Pineapple in baked beans? I bet you’d be surprised at how much you like it!
No-Bake Baked Beans – This one comes together on the grill, perfect for your next BBQ!
Homestyle Baked Beans – And finally, a slow cooker version … everyone needs one of these!
How do you make baked beans your own? Please share with us your own favorite ingredients and ways to doctor-up canned baked beans in the comments below.