Low-Calorie Baked Beans

Baked beans in pot
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings

We are all familiar canned baked beans for our summer barbecues or a quick side dish. Offered in varieties such as Boston, country-style, brown sugar, maple bacon–they all sound delicious, but perhaps not so good for you. Making them from scratch, however, allows you to control the amount of fat and calories in the dish, and is easier than you may think. 

This baked bean recipe has the flavors of smokey bacon and paprika, paired with sweet brown sugar. Most baked bean recipes call for salt pork or bacon, but by using turkey bacon, you cut calories in half. Don't worry–it will be our little secret and you can feel confident at your next summer cookout that this healthy baked bean recipe will be sure to please.


  • 2 slices lean turkey bacon
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup catsup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp smoked​ paprika
  • One 15-oz. can Great Northern beans or navy beans (drained and rinsed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the turkey bacon over medium-high heat. Cook, turning once for 5 to 6 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from the pan and crumble into a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Add the onion to the pan and cook, over medium heat, for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until translucent.

  4. Turn off the heat and to the pan add the reserved bacon, catsup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Stir well, and then mix in the beans.

  5. Pour into the prepared baking pan and cover with foil.

  6. Bake the beans for 20 minutes, until well heated through, and serve.