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Cast Iron Skillet Baked Beans

Simple canned beans made delicious with bacon and barbecue sauce, then baked in a cast iron skillet. Your new favorite baked beans.

An easy recipe for baked beans in a cast iron skillet: one dish, lots of flavor.

baked beans in skillet next to red and white napkin

You want baked beans that feel a little more special that opening a can. And yet…soaking beans and cooking them all day feels like a bit much for a simple side dish.

No worries, these cast iron skillet baked beans are the perfect combination of easy and delicious. They are canned beans made special with everyday ingredients and just a few minutes of hands-on time. (If you love the idea of homestyle side dishes in a skillet, you’ll love cast iron mac and cheese too!)

Let’s begin!


canned beans, onion, pepper, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar
  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons green pepper finely diced
  • 2 large cans pork and beans (23.8 ounces each)
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Step by step

4 images of cooking baked beans in cast iron skillet sauteeing veggies, adding beans, and baking

My friends, this recipe is as easy as they come. The best part is you’ll only have one pan to wash: it goes from stovetop to oven to dining table. (For the easiest clean up, make sure your skillet is well seasoned. Try this seasoning oil for a beautifully non-stick surface.)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees (yes, these cook for a long time at a lower temperature).

Begin by cooking the bacon, onion, and green pepper on the stovetop over medium heat. You’ll want the pepper and onion completely softened and the edges just starting to turn brown.

Then add the cans of pork and beans and all the remaining ingredients: the brown sugar, barbecue sauce, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar. Stir them well, making sure you eliminate any big lumps of brown sugar.

Pop the skillet into the preheated oven, uncovered, and let them bake for 11/ hours up to 2 hours. Why the big range? If your skillet is a little larger, your layer of beans will be more shallow and they will brown faster.

You’ll know they are done when they are deep brown with slightly crisp looking edges.

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Cast Iron Skillet Baked Beans

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Simple canned beans made delicious with bacon and barbecue sauce, then baked in a cast iron skillet. Your new favorite baked beans.
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons green pepper finely diced
  • 2 large cans pork and beans (usually 23.8 ounces each)
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees with the rack in the center.
  • Cook the bacon, onion, and green pepper in a medium cast iron skillet (about 8 inches wide) until the bacon is mostly cooked and the onion and pepper are soft. Add the canned pork and beans and remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
  • Bake, uncovered for 1 ½ hours, or until beans are well-browned. Serve directly from pan.


This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 12 inch skillet.   
Keep any leftovers covered and refrigerated.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: baked beans from canned pork and beans, cast iron skillet baked beans
Servings: 8
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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Cast Iron Skillet Baked Beans

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