Betty’s Baked Beans

Betty’s Baked Beans

When I think of summer cookouts, bbqs, and pot lucks, I always think of my Grandma Betty’s Baked beans. Honestly, they are what I look forward to at family get togethers. For years I have tried to replicate her recipe until I come to find out, my mom has had the recipe all along. This weekend for Memorial Day, I decided to channel my inner Grandma Betty and made a pot of her beans. They are super easy and honestly, legendary in taste! It must be all the bacon! 

Grandma's Beans -2

The cast of characters is simple… Mostly canned beans, ketchup, bacon, ground beef, onion… Are you drooling yet? And besides some browning of ground beef, you essentially dump it all into the crockpot and let it cook! Here I was thinking grandma was slaving over these beans all this time! 😉 I hope that my Grandma Betty’s Baked Beans make it to your next family holiday! Or just your next bbq! Oh, and go ahead and do yourself a favor and invest in Crockpot Liners! They make clean up so easy! 

Betty's Baked Beans
Serves 6
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
  1. 1/2 lb. ground beef
  2. 3/4 lb. bacon, chopped
  3. 1 cup onion, chopped
  4. 2 - 15 oz. cans Pork & Beans
  5. 1 - 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained
  6. 1 - 15 oz. can lima beans, drained
  7. 1 cup ketchup
  8. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  9. 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
  10. 3 tablespoon white vinegar
  1. Brown ground beef in a pan, drain off fat. Put in crock pot.
  2. Brown bacon and onion, drain off fat. Add to crock pot along with remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir together well, put on low, and cook for 4-6 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
Adapted from My Grandma Betty
Adapted from My Grandma Betty
Prairie Californian

Jenny Dewey Rohrich




    • May 30, 2014 / 9:09 am

      I love cooking the old, traditional recipes! 🙂 And I can’t wait for my kids to love these someday too!

  1. May 27, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it! Also, I have an idea for your show….have you ever considered having a guest with you. Someone who has a interest in the theme of that particular episode. Or maybe someone could win a “spot” on the show with you. Or people could submit recipes and you could pick from that? Anyway, I think it would be nice to see every-once-in-a-while a guest of some kind. 🙂

    • May 30, 2014 / 9:10 am

      Great suggestions Malinda! I have indeed had a few guests and am always asking for people to join me! Nobody has taken me up! 😉

    • May 30, 2014 / 9:10 am

      Hope you love them as much as I do!

  2. June 26, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    I love the family recipes! It helps us remember our loved ones even when they aren’t here anymore.

    • June 30, 2014 / 9:34 am

      Absolutely! I love hanging on to family traditions and culture throughout the generations!

  3. July 2, 2014 / 7:28 am

    That’s so awesome that you were “channeling your inner Grandma Betty”. I learned how to make lefse from my mother in law, who sadly passed away 2 years ago. I “channel my inner Cathy” whenever I make them too. This recipe has been a favorite of ours for years, we call it calico beans. If you are hesitant in any way to try it, just go for it, you’ll love it. The flavors meld together so well! Thank you! 🙂