These pineapple baked beans are a favorite side dish at potlucks and special dinners. They go with a wide variety of meats and other sides, so you can’t go wrong when you serve them.
Easy Baked Beans Recipe
As always, I found ways to make this recipe so easy that anyone could follow it.
In fact, if you want to start teaching your child or grandchild how to cook, this is a good recipe to try.
You basically just add the ingredients, stir them together, pour them into a baking dish, and bake. It’s that easy, and the results give you a huge payoff!
Even though they’re easy to make, they always get rave reviews. Most people really enjoy the little pieces of pineapple.
Sometimes I use pineapple chunks, but I had the crushed pineapple in my pantry. Not one to waste food, that’s what I used. I like both the same.
I’ve also added other things to give it a different flavor. These beans are delicious with crumbled bacon or diced ham mixed in.
My husband and I both enjoy spicy heat in our food. So on occasion, I add some chopped jalapeños or ground cayenne.
I typically keep them mild when I’m bringing them to a potluck—especially when I know children will be there.
Plus, a lot of adults prefer not to have spicy food, so it’s better to leave out the peppers when you’re making it for a crowd.
Pineapple Baked Beans Ingredients
The name of this recipe tells you most of what you’ll need. The main ingredients are the pork and beans and pineapple.
To make the sauce, you’ll need ketchup, brown sugar, mustard (Dijon or yellow), and Worcestershire sauce.
I also add liquid smoke for the richness of the flavor. This is optional, but I highly recommend trying it at least once.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Baked Beans with Pineapple
First, start out by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Then spray a 7” x 11” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
While the oven preheats, mix the ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke.
Next, stir the drained pineapple and beans (not drained) into the mixture.
I don’t drain the beans because I like the additional flavor from the sauce they come in.
Optional: If you want a stronger pineapple flavor, simply drain the beans and use the juice from the pineapple instead.
You can also thicken the sauce by whisking a tablespoon of cornstarch into the pineapple juice before adding it.
Another thing you can do is to add more pineapple to the top to make it obvious that it’s in there.
You can also garnish your baked beans with either fresh or dried parsley flakes.
Other Dishes to Serve
As I already mentioned, I like this dish with almost any meat. It’s good with turkey or chicken at holiday meals.
I have several friends who like to have beans for breakfast. Serve them with a side of toast, and you have a delicious start to your day.
There are so many yummy foods that you can serve these beans with. A plate loaded with crispy air fryer chicken thighs, baked beans, and a salad makes me smile.
My friend Julie makes this delicious pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Add a side of baked beans to this, and you have a delicious dinner!
- Two 30-ounce cans of pork and beans, not drained
- One 15-ounce can of pineapple tidbits or chunks, drained
- 1/2 cup of ketchup
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of yellow or Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottom of a 7” x 11” casserole dish or baking pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. If you're adding liquid smoke, do so now.
- Stir the pineapple chunks and beans into the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and bake for 1-1/2 hours.
- Serve hot.
If you want a stronger pineapple flavor and thinner sauce, you may drain the pork and beans and use the liquid from the pineapple chunks.
You can add other ingredients, such as sautéed onions, minced garlic, and diced bell peppers. Add cayenne if you enjoy a little heat.
Meat lovers may like some crumbled bacon or diced ham.
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