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Root Beer Baked Beans

Root Beer Baked Beans

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword root-beer-baked-beans
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 small poblano or green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • seasoned salt and black pepper
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 2 16 oz cans baked beans
  • 1 16 oz can pinto beans drained
  • 1 cup root beer
  • ¾ cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon or brown mustard
  • 1 Tbsp dark chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • dash ground cinnamon
  • 3 green onion sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a 12-inch cast iron skillet or spritz a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 3 Tbsp drippings from the pan.
  • Add the diced onion and pepper to the pan. Season with seasoned salt and black pepper to your taste.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until beginning to brown then add the minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the ground beef, and continue to cook until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the pan.
  • Mix the cooked beef with the remaining ingredients. Add half of the crumbled bacon reserving ½ for garnishing. Stir well.
  • Pour into the skillet and bake for 1 hour. After baking, stir well and rest for 10 minutes on the counter before serving to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion and remaining bacon.


Want to add more heat? Use a jalapeno in place of the poblano pepper or add hot sauce in desired amounts to the sauce.