If you couldn’t figure it out, I’m currently up to my ears in boxes.

I was going to use this post to show you pictures of our new apartment and cop out from baking something and posting about it. You see, my apartment is currently in shambles. Boxes are covering 87.5% of my floor space and there’s barely even room to walk, no less bake.

But then I remembered I baked my family’s favorite baked bean recipe a month ago and didn’t post it because the pictures weren’t much to look at.

But since the 4th of July is fast approaching, I thought this recipe would actually be quite appropriate. Please don’t judge the taste of the recipe by the pictures. Beans just don’t photograph well. I promise you this is the best baked bean recipe you’ll ever have.

This recipe has no annoying overnight bean soaking. No hours spent over the stove stirring. This recipe is so simple, you won’t believe how it could result in such a delectable product.

I hope that this will be an addition to your summer barbeques this year!

And now, I’ll leave you with a picture of Nate thoroughly excited about our new living room…I can’t wait til we’re all moved in!

Minnesota Style Baked Beans

Recipe from a family friend

Print this recipe!

Serves 8

3 cans (16-20 oz. size) beans: lima, butter beans, red kidney, etc., drained
1 can (28 oz.) navy beans, with pork
3 large onions, chopped
½ lb. bacon in 1” squares (plus ½ lb. cooked ham or sausage
if for main dish)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/3 ketchup
¾ c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. spicy mustard

1. In heavy skillet, brown bacon on medium flame, stirring constantly. Add additional meat if used. When all meat is browned, push to one side and pour off all fat but glaze at bottom of pan.

2. Saute onions in fat on low heat until soft, about 10 min. Add vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Stir well and simmer.

3. Add about ¼ of beans to a slow cooker or heavy dutch oven. Add ¼ of meat, alternating until beans and meat used up. Stir well. Cover and bake for 1-2 hours at 300. Add more ketchup if dry.


  1. I like that you use different types of beans, looks great. I don’t think the pictures are bad at all. Congrats on the move.

  2. Good luck with the unpacking! I’m excited to see pictures of your new place. I love baked beans, and these look tasty.

    • Thanks! Unpacking is going slowly. I don’t know how I accumulated so much crap! Will def post pics when it’s all cleaned up :)

  3. Baked beans are one of my favorite dishes. Your recipe sounds delicious. Good luck unpacking!!

  4. oooo homemade baked beans!!! great recipe amy! where you moving to?

    • I moved a few blocks from my old apt…still on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. But now I have so much more space! (even with the boxes all over the floor still)

  5. Not gonna lie, packing and unpacking stink. But you’ll feel so good about life once you’re all settled in! Good luck girl!

    These baked beans sound fantastic. Now if only I could get my family to eat a legume…

    • Ugh, it’s like my most hated of all things. Thank god the moving part is over now, though…just the unpacking :)

      It’d be hard for your family to resist trying these…they make the house smell amazing!

  6. Amy, I know the feeling all too well of swimming in boxes! My husband and I just moved from an apartment in Los Angeles to a house in Texas. Best of luck to you and your honey in getting settled and comfortable in your new place. Wonderful baked beans recipe, too! That right there is just the kind of comfort food to make your new space feel like home. :)

    • Aw, thanks, Georgia! I hope you’re all settled in too :) I hope that I can find my pots so I can make the beans again soon, hehe!

  7. sounds amazing…
    first time here…lovely space you have..
    wonderful posts with excellent clicks..
    Am your happy subscriber now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite

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