Easy Baked Beans

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Baked beans were meant to be doctored up to suit a cook’s taste, so feel free to make these with more or less sugar, a spicier salsa or mustard, and add-ins such as soy sausage or soy hot dogs.


  • 1½ cups dried red kidney beans
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced (3 cups)
  • 1 8-oz. jar medium salsa
  • ¹⁄3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. yellow mustard


1. Soak beans in 6 cups water overnight. Drain; reserve soaking liquid.

2. Coat Dutch oven with cooking spray, and heat over low heat. Add onions, cover, and cook 15 minutes, or until browned. Stir in 1 cup soaking liquid. Simmer 5 minutes, scraping up onion bits stuck to pot.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients and 5 cups water. Cover, and cook 1½ hours. Uncover; simmer 1 hour more, or until sauce has thickened.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 8
  • Calories: 166
  • Fiber Content: 9 g
  • Protein Content: 8 g
  • Sodium Content: 566 mg
  • Sugar Content: 12 g