Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole is another iconic Southern covered dish our family loves to share at family functions, Church Potlucks, picnics and even on some of the spring and summer Holiday gatherings.
This Casserole is a total cinch to make; combining VanCamp’s pork and beans, crisp bacon, lean ground beef, sweet red bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, BBQ sauce, spicy brown mustard, and brown sugar.
If you have ever resided or visited the South and you’ve been to any gatherings at all where the community shares a covered dish aka casserole, then chances are you have tried a variation of Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole. If not you are missing out on one of the best tasting Southern casseroles.What are you waiting for?
Let me just tell you this recipe is so darn good you will even find this being served at the homes of Trisha Yearwood, Paula Dean, and Ree Drummond, just to name a few who know a good Southern covered dish at family gatherings. Now if one of y’all tell me you have no clue who these lovely women are; I am just gonna cry myself to sleep tonight.
Like many of our family recipes, of my Mom’s or Grannie’s this one has been updated over the years. My mom is more of a savory baked bean gal while I like mine a bit on the sweet and spicy side. Momma tends to use a hint of steak sauce and plain yellow mustard; while I prefer a splash of soy sauce and spicy brown mustard in my Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole.
I prefer to use diced sweet red bell peppers and spicy jalapeño peppers in my recipe for Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole; however, you can substitute diced green bell pepper in your recipe or just completely omit all the peppers it’s really up to your taste preferences.
High quality, smoked, and thick cut bacon, as well as, lean ground beef of 93/7 is a must in this recipe for Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole. I like to cook the bacon and lean ground beef in a cast in a cast iron skillet.If you don’t have one just use a large metal frying pan. Be sure to place the bacon on a metal rack over clean paper towels to drain excess oils. If you are using ground beef less that 93/7 you might want to place it in a colander to drain off the oil as well.
Yesterday, my friend Diane, a fellow blogger from the Homemade Food Junkie blog made her Grandma Cash’s Hamburger Bean Casserole. Almost a year ago I shared my momma’s slightly updated version of delicious tasting Southern-Style Baked Beans where I mention adding the ground beef to it, but I really wanted to share the recipe for my Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole with y’all after seeing Ms. Diane’s.
So a quick “Thank you”, to Ms. Diane for sharing her recipe and reminding me to share mine.
Be sure to drop by the Homemade Food Junkie Blog and check out Diane’s 3 generation recipe of her lovely Grandma Cash’s Hamburger Bean Casserole that made me inspired to make my family’s Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole today.
Lordy, VanCamp’s pork and beans, crisp bacon, lean ground beef, sweet red bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, BBQ sauce, spicy brown mustard, and brown sugar have never looked so good to me today.
Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole
- 8 slices of bacon, thick cut, cooked crispy, and chopped
- 1 pound of lean ground beef 93/7 browned
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 sweet red bell pepper, core, and seeds removed diced
- 4 jalapeño peppers membrane removed, seeded, and sliced
- 3- 16-ounce cans of VanCamp’s pork and beans
- 1/2 cup of sweet barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of light soy sauce
- 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar
- Kosher salt to own taste
- fresh ground black pepper to own taste
- cooking spray
Instructions for recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Heat a large cast iron skillet or metal skillet on low to medium heat, add 8 slices of bacon cooking slowly to render off the fat and make crispy. Careful not to burn the bacon. Line paper towels over a baking sheet, place a metal rack on top of baking sheet and drain the bacon when it’s done cooking. Chop the bacon when it has cooled.
- Meanwhile, place another large cast iron or metal skillet on medium heat before adding 1 pound of lean ground beef, diced onion, diced red bell peppers, and sliced jalapeño peppers, cook ground beef till browned and all veggies are soft. Drain off excess oils if needed.
- In a large bowl combine cooked ground beef mixture, crisp chopped bacon, VanCamp’s pork and beans, sweet barbecue sauce, spicy brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, light soy sauce, brown sugar, kosher salt, and black pepper to own taste.
- Spray your favorite casserole dish with cooking spray and place the Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole in 350 F oven for 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let slightly cool before serving at your next gathering.
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