Easy, Delicious Baked Beans Recipes

Canned baked beans aren't just a side dish for a summer picnic or a cold winter's night. They're great as part of a main dish any night of the week. We have some scrumptious ways to reimagine baked bean recipes beyond sharing a plate with hamburgers and hot dogs.

Spice Up a One-Skillet Chicken Recipe One of my favorite spice blends is Chinese five-spice powder. Star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns and fennel mix to make a sweet-and-savory spice that is incredibly versatile. Combine Chinese five-spice powder, mandarin oranges and boneless chicken breasts with bold-flavored baked beans. This one-skillet chicken recipe comes together quickly and adds a unique kick to weeknight dinner.

"Baked beans are incredibly versatile."

Make a Restaurant-Worthy Mac & Cheese Recipe Want to add some extra protein and fiber to a family favorite? Try adding baked beans to your classic macaroni and cheese. Crisp bacon, elbow macaroni and super-creamy cheese combine with sweet baked beans for an amazing lunch or dinner dish. This dressed-up macaroni and cheese recipe tastes restaurant worthy. If you like baked macaroni and cheese, follow the same instructions and add some shredded cheddar on top. Pop it under the broiler until it's browned and bubbly, and serve.

Use Beans Instead of Beef in a Stuffed Pepper Recipe Trying a meatless Monday? For a great dinner idea, take this stuffed pepper recipe, which uses vegetarian baked beans instead of ground beef. If you don't have a grill (or it's too cold to stand outside), try substituting the broiler in the final step, or use a grill pan on your stove. Also, remember that the measurement for hot sauce is just a suggestion; add as much or as little as you like. In this recipe, I like a chipotle-based hot sauce.

Think Small With This Slider Recipe Admit it: Tiny food is fun. Don't you love little egg rolls, bite-sized quiche and mini pizzas? Sliders are no different. You won't need condiments for this easy slider recipe. Just sprinkle cumin on some skirt steak, grill to your preferred temperature and place on a bun. You can use other spices as well: try the Chinese five-spice powder from the chicken recipe or any spice blend you like. Top with baked beans for a cross between sloppy Joes and beef sliders. Delicious and easy!

Baked beans are incredibly versatile. Try these recipes to experience how they can add extra flavor to a weeknight dinner in just a few minutes.

*Tip: Don't leave just yet, baked bean fans. Take a look at these articles with quick and creative uses for the popular legume and delicious baked bean hacks.

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