Best Darn Beans Ever

This is my version of a family recipe. You can't go wrong when you serve these beans at a potluck, barbecue, family gathering etc. These are a great accompaniment to burgers and hot dogs. My family even loves these during the holidays with spiral ham and potato salad and or macaroni salad. The secret to this recipe is following the directions and using brand names mentioned. All who try these beans rave about them and typically ask for the recipe.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
16 servings


  • 2 pounds thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 bunches green onions, diced

  • 1 (16 ounce) package golden brown sugar

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle tomato-based chili sauce (such as Heinz®)

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans pork and beans in tomato sauce (such as VanCamp's®)

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans lima beans, drained


  1. Place bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Saute, turning occasionally, until slightly crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; reserve 3 tablespoons bacon grease and discard the rest.

  2. Add a 1/4 cup of water to the pan and bring to a boil, scraping up all browned bits until water has evaporated. Add the reserved bacon grease, along with the green onions. Saute until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, cooking until sugar begins to brown, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir chili sauce into the pot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in pork and beans, kidney beans, and lima beans; stir until beans are well coated in the sauce.

  4. Return bacon to the pot and stir well to combine. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until flavors combine, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

426 Calories
9g Fat
70g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 426
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 1252mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 672mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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