Easy Baked Bean Recipe ~ Crazy Beans!

plate of ribs au gratins and crazy beans

This is a tasty and easy baked bean recipe!! Crazy beans will fill the bill if you’re looking to make a hearty side dish! With how flavorful they are you’d never know how easy these beans are to make!

I’m not sure where they got their name. But I know people go crazy for these beans, so maybe that’s it! This baked bean recipe makes such a great dish to pass if you’re going to a pot luck or family get-together. I’ve always come home with an empty dish!!

completed baked bean recipe

Ingredients for the Baked Bean Recipe

I usually have the ingredients for these crazy beans on hand. So I’ll make them as a last minute compliment to chicken, ribs, steak, or just about any other meat I’m serving.

Bacon, hamburger, and onion add the heartiness to these Crazy Beans. Fry them up, and add them in!!

mixing brown sugar and ketchup into the beans

You can either use a large can of Bush beans, or two medium-size cans. Butter beans, brown sugar, ketchup, onion, and salt & pepper is all there’s to it!

Making the Baked Bean Recipe

This is such an easy recipe to make!!

Mix ’em Up!

I usually mix together the beans, brown sugar, and ketchup first in a large casserole. Then, mix in the cooked meats and onion. Stir well. Cover, and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

In a pinch for time, I’ve cooked these beans on the stove until they were hot and bubbly. But they’re oh-so-much better baked up!!

Serving Ideas

Recently, I made Crazy Beans to round out a meal of ribs. I served them along with Au Gratin potatoes. You can get the recipe for the Au Gratins by clicking here. Sooo yummy all together!! No room for dessert with this meal, lol!!

plate of ribs au gratins and baked bean recipe

Another family favorite is to serve Crazy Beans with grilled chicken or pork chops. Just add your favorite potato and you’ll be a hit!

You can even dress up even an easy meal of hot dogs or grilled cheese with these Crazy Beans!!

Go crazy, lol!!!

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Crazy Beans

These easy-to-make crazy beans are a perfect side dish to any meaty entre. For a light meal, they can also stand alone! Crazy beans are a great recipe for when you need to take a dish to pass too!!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked beans, bean recipe, easy sides, side dish
Servings: 8
Calories: 546kcal
Cost: servings

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  • 1 can Bush Baked Beans, 28 ounces
  • 1 can Butter Beans, 16 ounces
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 pound lean hamburger
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat over to 350°.
  • Brown hamburger over medium heat, crumble. Slice the bacon into 1 inch strips, fry crisp over medium heat. Drain on plate, reserve 1 Tablespoon bacon grease.
  • Dice the onion, fry in reserved bacon great until slightly softened.
  • Add all ingredients into a large casserole dish. Stir to mix.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes until bubbly. Serve hot.
  • Enjoy!!

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Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg
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