Side Dish | May 26, 2017

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers

Every weekend barbecue should include a good pot of baked beans. This recipe for Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers will be your favorite side dish this summer!

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers

Traditionally baked beans are made with beans, meat, something saucy (ketchup, tomato sauce, mustard), something sweet, something tangy, a bit of spice and an onion or two. My newest creation- Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers includes all of the traditional ingredients, with a little twist…

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers take the traditional and step it up a notch. I love bell peppers for both color and flavor. This recipe includes a tri-color blend of peppers. We are talking bell peppers, not spicy peppers, for this dish.  After cooking, the bell peppers  have a mildly sweet taste that adds great flavor to the baked beans. My all time favorite pans to use while making baked beans are Le Creuset. I love the ultra heavy weight of this enamel cast iron pan. My favorite size are the 7 1/4 quart round, which I have in blue and also in white. Perfect for cooking stovetop, in the oven and beautiful enough to go from oven to table!

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers

Whenever I bake a ham there are usually lots of leftovers.  I like to use ham in overnight breakfast casseroles, Our Favorite Fried Rice  and  Dad’s Favorite Navy Bean Soup. I’ve never really thought about using ham in baked beans until the last time I baked a ham.  I’m kind of partial to using bacon in my baked beans, but thought I’d mix it up this time and try ham.  To my surprise, I loved it. My kids loved it. Our dinner guests loved it. There was something about the salty chunks of ham, soft onion and diced peppers that turned this often predictable  side dish into a whole new experience. The hint of cinnamon along with the tangy and sweet sauce made this pot of beans one we absolutely loved!

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers can be made three different ways.  Although baked beans are traditionally baked, this dish can also be made stove top or in the slow cooker. I’ve included instructions for the other methods on the recipe notes. What’s your favorite way to enjoy baked beans?

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers
3 from 2 votes

Homemade Baked Beans with Ham and Peppers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped, about 2 cups
  • 1-2 cups chopped ham
  • 3 bell peppers 1 each, red, yellow, orange, seeded and chopped
  • salt and pepper about 1/2 teaspoon each
  • 5-15 oz cans Pork and Beans undrained*
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • few drops hot pepper sauce Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a large Dutch oven or other large heavy pan with oven safe lid, pour two tablespoons olive oil into pan.
  2. Sauté onions, ham, peppers, over medium high heat until onions are soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add un-drained cans of Pork and Beans, ketchup, dark brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, hot pepper sauce, dry mustard and cinnamon to vegetables in pan.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Cook over medium heat heat on stove top for about 5-10 minutes until oven is preheated.
  8. Cover dish with lid. Place beans in oven on center rack for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove lid for last 45 minutes of baking.
  9. Replace lid and keep beans warm in oven at 275 until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

-I remove the little piece of fat in the pork and beans can before adding to my baked beans. Do not use baked beans that are pre made, such as Bush’s baked beans. They already have added sugars and spices and will alter the flavor of your homemade dish. I use S&W Pork and Beans. -This recipe may be made on the stove top without turning the oven on. After the pot of beans is assembled, cook over medium low heat for about 1 1/2 hours on stovetop. Place lid on pan when beans have thickened and some of the liquid has evaporated. Once the lid has been placed on the pan keep heat on low. -Beans may also be cooked in a slow cooker. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours. I suggest sautéing the onion first in a separate pan and a adding to the slow cooker.

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    1. Hi Roland,
      Yes, really! I use canned pork and beans and add other ingredients frequently when making any type of baked bean dish.
      Thanks for reading ABK,

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Si. This is very similar to the way I have been making beans for years. I’m going to try it with ham and peppers. I always receive many compliments, and people are always surprised that it starts with regular pork and beans. It’s so much better than the Bush’s beans. You are one of my trusted sources for recipes. Thanks for all your hard work.

    1. I agree, Sharon, it is so much better than Bush’s beans, thank you for being a loyal reader and for sharing your comment!