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Skillet Baked Beans

You’re going to love this quick and easy cast iron Skillet Baked Beans recipe, cooked in under 30 minutes! This is a go-to, quick bacon baked beans recipe made with simple ingredients that is delicious, savory… and easy!

Baked Beans with fresh chopped parsley in a cast iron skillet

There is nothing fancy here, just an easy recipe for Skillet Baked Beans made with simple ingredients, baked in a skillet… with the flavors you expect in baked beans!

It’s an excellent quick and savory recipe that will help get your grilling party or holiday meal on the table in a flash. Or simply when you’re craving the taste of summer.


To make these simple baked beans you’ll need a small onion, garlic cloves, two cans of white beans (whatever you already have in the cupboard), Cola, molasses, tomato ketchup, mustard powder, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and some cooked and crumbled bacon. That’s it!

And you’ll also need a 10-inch cast iron skillet (affiliate link)!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe ahead?

Yes, just be sure to let them cool completely before storing them in an air tight container for up to 1 day and that you heat them through thoroughly before serving.

Can I make these skillet beans vegetarian?

Feel free to leave out the bacon, but you’ll need a little extra cooking oil to make up for the missing bacon fat, and you’ll need to be careful with the seasoning as your beans will need a lot more salt to get them seasoned right!

Do I have to make these in a cast iron skillet?

If you don’t own one a heavy, shallow bottomed casserole or large frying pan will work instead.

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Quick and Easy Skillet Baked Beans

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x
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It’s that time of the year again. Time for baked beans. And this is my go-to quick and easy skillet baked beans recipe. For years. Delicious, savory… and easy!


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  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white beans, such as cannellini or navy, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cola
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)
  • 4 slices of bacon, pre-cooked and crumbled


  1. Cook bacon in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, drain on a paper towel, and crumble after it cools. Set aside. (Skip this step if your bacon is already fully cooked).
  2. Remove all but 1 tablespoon or less of fat from the bacon. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add beans and 1/2 cup water; simmer until beans have softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add cola, molasses, ketchup, mustard powder, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and another 1/2 cup of water. Simmer until sauce has thickened, 10-15 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Sprinkle cooked, crumbled bacon over the beans, and add some fresh chopped parsley if desired. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day; reheat on low.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Quick and Easy Skillet Baked Beans, Baked Beans

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