Beans Should Never Be Naked

One thing about Southern food, it is not a shy little thing. Southern fare is a social butterfly, meant to be slathered, dipped, dunked, fried…you name it! We had family over this weekend for a cookout and my Texas baked beans recipe, which always gets devoured, is one of my favorite summer entertaining recipes.

My 7th grade Sunday School teacher served this at our class Christmas party and I brought the recipe home to my mom, I loved it so much. These are some serious beans people. Imagine the best baked beans you’ve ever tasted in your life made by a little old lady who looks like Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith Show.


Texas Baked Beans

1 lb. ground beef (I use ground chuck)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. powdered mustard

2 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce

2 large cans baked beans (16 oz)

Simmer meat mixture for one hour. Pour over beans in tight -lid container.

Heat in 250 degree oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Be sure to visit the lovely Rachel at A Southern Fairytale for more Mouthwatering Monday tonguegasmic (her trademark word) recipes.



  1. Amy says:

    This is the most unusual baked bean recipe I’ve ever seen! I’ll have to try it. I have a baked bean recipe I’ll have to do for Mouthwatering Monday one time – people ask for the recipe every time I serve them.

  2. Blonde Mom says:

    The red wine vinegar is really yummy.

    I took no part in naming this recipe but it sounds like Texas baked beans DON’T normally have ground beef in them?

    But they are delicious!

  3. Michelle Smiles says:

    Look at you kicking a$$ and taking names in the best local blog thingy!

    My first step mom (colorful family tree with many branches) used to make something like this with ground beef but she used a variety of beans not just pinto/traditional baked beans. It was always a hit. But in my book, any baked bean recipe that gets slow baked is probably yum!

  4. Sky says:

    I make a similar dish but put 1/2+ pound of crispy cooked bacon in it along with the ground meat. GONE in 15 mins!

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