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Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch

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These homemade baked beans from scratch start with dried beans and end with baked beans perfection! They are worth the time.


  • 1 pound dry Great Northern beans
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped (omit if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Soak your beans overnight with just enough cold water to cover the beans.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  3. Drain your beans and reserve the soaking liquid.
  4. Heat a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and add the bacon, onion, and jalapeño pepper. Cook about 5 minutes, until the onion and jalapeño are softened.
  5. Add the tomato paste, maple syrup, molasses, and beans.
  6. Measure your soaking liquid and add enough vegetable broth to equal 4 cups of liquid total. Add this to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat.
  7. Add the cayenne, black pepper, and salt and stir to combine.
  8. Cover and cook in the preheated oven (25o degrees) for 6-8 hours, until the beans are cooked.*


*Mine were perfect after 6 hours. 

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 hours