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15 Things to Do with a Can of Baked Beans

Getting bored with the basics? Check out these baked beans recipes that help you add more to this BBQ classic.

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Barbecue Chicken TostadasTaste of Home

Barbecue Chicken Tostadas

Lots of my recipes start out as fun ways to use leftovers—like this one! My kids love tostadas, so this day-after-cookout dinner was a big hit. —Lauren Wyler, Dripping Springs, Texas. Try some of these delicious grill ideas while you’re at it.

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Baked Bean ChiliTaste of Home

Baked Bean Chili

Who says a good chili has to simmer all day? This zippy chili—with a touch of sweetness from the baked beans—can be made on the spur of the moment. It’s an excellent standby when unexpected guests drop in. Served with bread and a salad, it’s a hearty dinner everyone raves about.

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Sweet N Sour BeansTaste of Home

Sweet N Sour Beans

This recipe is popular on both sides of the border. It came from a friend in Alaska, then traveled with me to old Mexico, where I lived for five years and is now a potluck favorite in my Arkansas community. It’s easy to keep the beans warm and serve from a slow cooker. —Barbara Short, Mena, Arkansas. Here are some genius ways to use up leftover food.

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New England Bean & Bog CassouletTaste of Home

New England Bean & Bog Cassoulet

When I moved to New England, I embraced the local cuisine. My cassoulet with baked beans pays tribute to a French classic and to New England in one hearty, heartwarming dish. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

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Four-Bean MedleyTaste of Home

Four-Bean Medley

This side dish always gets compliments. It’s easy to make ahead and simmer in the slow cooker, so it’s super convenient to take to potlucks and church get-togethers. —Susanne Wasson, Montgomery, New York

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Ranchero SupperTaste of Home

Ranchero Supper

This hearty dish is quick and easy to fix after a busy workday. We like to use hickory and bacon baked beans and serve it with fruit or a green salad for a complete meal. —Karen Roberts, Lawrence, Kansas. Take a look at these other easy Mexican snacks and appetizers anyone can make.

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Ham and Bean StewTaste of Home

Ham and Bean Stew

You only need five ingredients to fix this thick and flavorful stew. It’s so easy to make and always a favorite with my family. I top bowls of it with a sprinkling of shredded cheese. —Teresa D’Amato, East Granby, Connecticut

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Pineapple Baked BeansTaste of Home

Pineapple Baked Beans

Sweet and tangy pineapple dresses up these hearty baked beans. Brown the beef while you open cans and chop the vegetables, and it won’t take long to get this ready for the slow cooker. —Gladys De Boer, Castleford, Idaho. Pair this dish with one of these perfect summer salads.

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Chuck Wagon Tortilla StackTaste of Home

Chuck Wagon Tortilla Stack

Piling on loads of hearty flavor at mealtime is easy when I roll out this skillet specialty. I layer the meat mixture with tortillas in a deep skillet and let it simmer a little longer. It’s easy to cut and spoon out of the pan. —Bernice Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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Sweet and Spicy Baked BeansTaste of Home

Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

This recipe is a hit with guests and family. It’s sweet, simple, and delicious, and someone always asks for the recipe. —Elliot Wesen, Arlington, Texas. You won’t want to miss these homemade BBQ sauce recipes, either.

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Pulled Pork NachosTaste of Home

Pulled Pork Nachos

While home from college, my daughter made these tempting pork nachos, her first recipe ever. My son and I couldn’t get enough. —Carol Kurpjuweit, Humansville, Missouri

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Western-Style Beef and BeansTaste of Home

Western-Style Beef and Beans

This hearty, crowd-pleasing dish is a comforting meal on a chilly night with bread and a salad. It also makes a delicious side dish. It doesn’t take long to make but tastes like it simmered all day. —Jolene Lopez, Wichita, Kansas. Find out the best slow cooker recipes from each state.

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Simple Maple Baked BeansTaste of Home

Simple Maple Baked Beans

I came up with this recipe in a pinch after running out of baked beans at our oldest daughter’s birthday party. I dressed up canned beans with maple syrup and a few other ingredients to produce this sweet, saucy version that tastes like homemade. They’re so easy to fix that I rarely make baked beans from scratch anymore.

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Chuck Wagon Beans with SausageTaste of Home

Chuck Wagon Beans with Sausage

I followed the lead of cooks of Old West cattle ranges to come up with these savory beans. Sweet and smoky, they’re made extra hearty by the addition of sausage. —Nancy Moore, Bucklin, Kansas

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Hot Dog PieTaste of Home

Hot Dog Pie

A co-worker who loves hot dogs shared this recipe with me. Baked in a purchased pastry shell, the pie is easy to assemble and is on the table in just 30 minutes. —Amy Bullis, Henryville, Pennsylvania. Next, check out these summer slow cooker recipes for the easiest dinners.

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