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Spicy Baked Beans with Bacon | Perfect for cookouts or summer BBQ's, these baked beans with bacon have a mouthwatering spicy kick from jalapeños that make for an unforgettable side dish! | http://thechunkychef.com
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Spicy Baked Beans with Bacon

Rich, savory and sweet with a spicy kick, these baked beans with bacon are easy to make! Perfect for outdoor parties or a casual summer dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 530kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 8-10 slices bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, diced finely
  • 2-4 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and diced finely (adjust amount to your desired heat level)
  • 54 oz can pork and beans (or equivalent amount of smaller cans)
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (feel free to adjust amount to desired heat level)
  • pinch of black pepper
  • fresh parsley, minced for garnish
  • additional jalapeño slices for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven o 325 degrees F and adjust oven rack to the lower-middle position.  Spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • To a large, deep skillet, heat bacon pieces over MED heat until cooked about halfway through.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate, leaving grease in the skillet.
  • To same skillet with the bacon grease, add onion and jalapeño and saute about 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine well.  Let mixture cook for a minute or so to combine the flavors.
  • Carefully pour beans into prepared baking dish and lay cooked bacon pieces on top of the beans.
  • Bake 2-3 hours, until bubbly and thickened to your liking.  I prefer my beans fairly thick, so mine usually take 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Let beans stand 5 minutes or so before serving.
  • If desired, garnish with parsley and/or jalapeño slices.

Notes

To increase heat level:
  • add more jalapeño peppers
  • leave seeds in the peppers
  • add more cayenne
To decrease heat level:
  • use less jalapeño peppers
  • decrease or omit cayenne 
  • use green bell peppers instead of jalapeños (1 small bell pepper should suffice)

Nutrition

Calories: 530kcal