Texas Bean Bake With Ground Beef

Texas bean bake with ground beef

​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 70 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1130 Calories
13g Fat
186g Carbs
73g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 1130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 725mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 186g 68%
Dietary Fiber 44g 156%
Protein 73g
Calcium 422mg 32%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These tasty Texas-style beans make an excellent side dish for a barbecue or cookout or serve them with freshly baked cornbread wedges for an everyday family meal. The beans are fantastic with coleslaw and potato salad on the side. The ground beef is browned in bacon drippings, make them a hearty and flavorful choice.

With or without the ground beef, the beans are a great choice for a pulled pork meal or alongside burgers or steaks. Put the beans in the slow cooker and take them along to a party or potluck dinner. ​These slow cooker beans are a convenient alternative. 

Chopped red or green bell pepper works well in the beans, and the recipe calls for kidney beans and pinto beans, but they can be made with other types of beans. Canned great northern beans, navy beans, black beans, or small red beans are some of the many possibilities.


  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pork and beans
  • 1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or more, to taste)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Texas bean bake with ground beef
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). 

  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until just crisp.

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  4. Remove it to paper towels to drain and set aside.

    Remove to paper towels
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  5. Remove all but a few teaspoons of drippings from the skillet. Add the ground beef and chopped onion and place back over medium heat. Cook, stirring and breaking up the beef until the onion is tender and the beef is no longer pink. 

    Remove drippings
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  6. Drain the canned beans in a colander and run cold water over them to rinse.

    Drain canned beans
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  7. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef mixture with the drained beans.

    Add beef
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  8. In another bowl, combine the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and the brown and granulated sugars; mix well to blend.

    Combine ketchup and mustard
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  9. Pour over the bean mixture and stir to blend. 

    Pour over
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  10. Spoon the bean mixture into a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the top.

    Put in casserole dish
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  11. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour. 

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  12. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve and enjoy
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Recipe Variations

  • Mix the beans up with different varieties along with the baked beans. Use black beans, great northern beans, small red beans, black-eyed peas, lima beans, or white kidney beans.
  • Replace the ketchup with chili sauce or barbecue sauce.
  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped green bell pepper or a combination of red and green bell pepper.
  • Double the ground beef for a heartier main dish bean bake.
  • Add about 1/2 pound of ground pork or sausage to skillet with the ground beef.
  • Jazz the beans up with 2 teaspoons of chili powder and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne.